Ranieri cries for joy as Leicester near English title

Ranieri cries for joy as Leicester near English title

Monday, April 11, 2016 12:15 pm

Leicester players celebrate  with Jamie Vardy

Leicester players celebrate with Jamie Vardy

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri was moved to tears after his team outfoxed relegation-threatened Sunderland to move within nine points of their first-ever English top flight title.

Jamie Vardy ended a six game goal drought with his 20th and 21st of the season as Leicester recorded a 2-0 away win on Sunday to stay seven points clear of Tottenham Hotspur with five games remaining.

“It’s difficult to say how I feel inside but I’m not complaining,” said Ranieri, who was in tears applauding at the final whistle.

Claudio Ranieri, in a dance of joy

Claudio Ranieri, third right in a dance of joy here. This was at Stamford Bridge

“We got three points in a difficult, anxious match. Sunderland are very, very difficult to play against.

“At halftime, I talked to him (Vardy). I said: ‘Come on Jamie, we need you… I need you.’ And he spoke.”

The emotional Italian also thanked Leicester supporters for cheering the team on to victory which left them three wins from the title. Leicester’s previous best top flight finish was second in the 1928/29 campaign

“It’s fantastic when you see before the match, an old lady with a Leicester shirt outside the stadium. I say: ‘Unbelievable. They come from Leicester to support us,’ he added.

“This is my emotion. It is fantastic. I was on the bus. I saw them, unbelievable, and I want to say thank you for the support. They are dreaming and we want to continue to dream.

“To do this we must stay concentrated. This is an amazing season for us, for our fans, for our chairman, for me, for everyone.

“Other people can continue to talk about the title. It is important we stay focused on the next match. I said this to the players.

“Now we have two matches at home, the first against West Ham United, a very difficult match because they are a fantastic team with good players. And then, after that, it is Swansea (City), another very difficult match. We must stay focused.”


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