London, March 6 (IANS) Leicester City football club’s head coach Claudio Ranieri says his side will continue to fight after a 1-0 English Premier League (EPL) win away against Watford sent them five points clear at the top of the table.
It was a strike from Riyad Mahrez early in the second half on Saturday that proved to be the difference at Vicarage Road stadium — a stunning left-footed effort that curled beautifully beyond Heurelho Gomes in the Watford goal.
The win was welcome news for Leicester fans, who had seen second-placed Tottenham Hotspur and third-placed Arsenal battle to a 2-2 draw earlier in the afternoon, giving their team an opportunity to stretch the gap at the summit.
It was a chance they grasped with both hands, but they were made to battle all over the park against one of the football league’s toughest sides, and afterwards Ranieri insisted that there’s still plenty of fight left in his team.
“It was a difficult match but now every match will be difficult, not only for us, but all the teams. For us it was important to give this kind of answer to everybody,” Ranieri told his club’s official website.
“We want to fight. I don’t know what we will do, but we will fight every match. We want to continue with this concentration, with this ability to be strong and so close to each other,” the veteran coach added.
“I want just to see my players fight and play as well as tonight. Now my focus is on Newcastle (next week) because it will be a really tough match.”