English Premiership

Leicester ready for title run-in

2016-02-27 06:46
Claudio Ranieri (Getty)

London - Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri says his shock leaders have recharged their batteries after a welcome break ahead of the final push for a stunning Premier League title triumph.

Ranieri gave his players last week off after a demanding schedule to allow them to rest their bodies and relax their minds before returning to action against Norwich on Saturday.

The Foxes are two points clear of second placed Tottenham and third placed Arsenal with 12 games left, raising the previously unthinkable prospect of Ranieri's men becoming the most unlikely champions in the history of English football

After giving his players a training programme to follow during their break, Ranieri believes the squad's morale is restored following a last-gasp defeat at Arsenal in their previous match and the Italian hopes they will repay his faith with a dominant display at the King Power Stadium this weekend.

"The benefit was they came back how they left, the same, and that is good because they enjoy, they recharged the batteries," Ranieri said.

"Never have I given players one week off - maximum three days when I was crazy.

"I think my strength is to adapt in every situation, my character, my strategy, my point of view, my vision about football.

"Of course here at Leicester I felt from the beginning something special."

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