English Premiership

Ranieri waiting for title maths to add up

2016-04-28 22:37
Claudio Ranieri (Getty)

Cape Town - Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has said he will start to celebrate "only when the mathematics are certain" as the club close in on the first top-tier title in their 132-year history.

Victory at Manchester United on Sunday will be sufficient for the Foxes after Tottenham Hotspur unexpectedly dropped two points in Monday night's 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion.

With Leicester seven points clear of their only remaining title rivals with three games left, Ranieri knows he is in touching distance of his first major league title in a 30-year career that has embraced 16 jobs.

The Italian conceded that Spurs' surprise result had taken a load from his shoulders. "I was a little more light. A little," he said on Tuesday at a Premier League sponsor's event.

"Of course.. we are so very close. Everybody says it's done. In my opinion, no. I believe only in the mathematics," he said.

Ranieri, who had never anticipated a title triumph when he returned to England last summer, added that he did not mind where Leicester secured their prize, provided they did so.

"It is important to try to win every match. Every match. I don't know when, but it is important to get this goal (the title)," he said.

"I said to them (the players), 'We have to play as an eleven... It's not important the name of your opponent, it is important what you do during the match and (to) help each other.'"

Ranieri also praised Riyad Mahrez, who was named PFA Player of the Year on Sunday. "I am very proud because Riyad is a very humble man. He asks every time, 'What can I do to improve?' That is fantastic. He is a genius, our light," he said.

"But I want to say also (that) all the players are having a fantastic season, with very great professionalism."

If Leicester fail to win at Old Trafford, they will have a chance to secure the title at home to Everton before their final game at Chelsea, who sacked Ranieri as manager in 2004.


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Tuesday, 12 December 2017
Burnley v Stoke City, Turf Moor 21:45
Crystal Palace v Watford, Selhurst Park 22:00
Huddersfield Town v Chelsea, The John Smith's Stadium 22:00
Wednesday, 13 December 2017
Swansea City v Manchester City, Liberty Stadium 21:45
Newcastle United v Everton, St. James' Park 21:45
Southampton v Leicester City, St. Mary's Stadium 21:45
Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion, Anfield 22:00
West Ham United v Arsenal, London Stadium 22:00
Manchester United v AFC Bournemouth, Old Trafford 22:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Brighton & Hove Albion, Wembley Stadium 22:00
Saturday, 16 December 2017
Leicester City v Crystal Palace, King Power Stadium 14:30
Stoke City v West Ham United, Bet365 Stadium 17:00
Arsenal v Newcastle United, Emirates Stadium 17:00
Chelsea v Southampton, Stamford Bridge 17:00
Brighton & Hove Albion v Burnley, The American Express Community Stadium 17:00
Watford v Huddersfield Town, Vicarage Road Stadium 17:00
Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur, Etihad Stadium 19:30
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2017/18 season?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.