They are already guaranteed a Champions League football next season.
“But we’re in the Champions League – the Champions League man. I can hear the music”. Then we finish behind Paris Saint-Germain, second by eight points.
“I’ve told my players – now is the time to push”.
With all of those milestones now safely secured, all that remains to cap an extraordinary campaign is the Premier League trophy itself and, for the very first time, Ranieri was prepared to admit his side are on the brink of history.
“There is a reason”, said Ranieri.
“I’m impressed with Ulloa but I’m very impressed with all my players”.
He is not anxious about losing players and wants only “happy” players with him.
Pressed for the secret to the club’s success, the genial Italian said there isn’t one.
Leicester follow up Sunday’s meeting with Swansea by taking on Manchester United, Everton and Chelsea in their final three games.
“I believe, always I believe”. It’s not pressure here.
He spent most of his career at Nottingham Forest, where he became their longest-serving player, before moving to Leicester in January, 2012. At Monaco we won the second division.
Just 12 months ago, Leicester were engaged in a battle for relegation and they started this season as 5 000-1 outsiders for the title. It is a odd moment. I lost but what more could I do?
Fabianski will be in the Swansea goal as leaders Leicester seek to steal a march in the title race.
“Am I nervous? No”, he said. “Football is a show”.
They could win the title with victory at Manchester United next Saturday if results go for them, with Tottenham hosting West Brom on Monday. “We know the rules and I don’t complain – it is no excuse”.
Leicester will have to do without Vardy for at least tomorrow’s home game against Swansea after the 22-goal striker was sent off against West Ham.
“I think Tottenham will win all their last four games, but I prefer to be in our position than theirs”.
Tottenham finished fifth last season but were dumped out of the Europa League by Borussia Dortmund at the last 16 stage.
“In Argentina, in South America all the people speak about Leicester. Around the world the people speak about Leicester now because I think they have a little feeling about the team, about how we play”.
“Now we go for it – and if it happens, then – fireworks. Maybe we are worrying them a lot, more than we believe”. I continued to buy people during the first Premier League matches.
Ranieri believes Algeria global Riyad Mahrez can be a key figure for the team in the league run in though.
“There’s no secret”, he said. “Sure, it’s a big impact for them”.
“We know he has one match off and our preparation is without him”. “There isn’t one Caesar, there are another 23, so it’s okay”.
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Will Leicester City miss Jamie Vardy this weekend? “Why not? He is a great actor”.