Ranieri warns Leicester will fight to the end in EPL title race
Leicester City missed a golden opportunity to move five points clear and may now be usurped at the league summit tonight by Tottenham but Claudio Ranieri has warned his title rivals that his team will fight to the end for the EPL title race despite the draw with West Brom.
The Foxes however recovered from going behind early to Salomon Rondon to lead 2-1 before the break thanks to the goals from Danny Drinkwater and Andy King.
But Craig Gardner’s stunning free-kick capped a frustrating night when Leicester also hit the bar twice through Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki.
The latest draw, after defeating Norwich 1-0 previously with a late winner, now means Spurs have a great chance to go top on goal difference with a victory at West Ham tonight.
But Leicester manager Ranieri, whose men travel to Watford next on Saturday, insisted after the frustrating draw: “We are alive and our spirit is ready to fight again.
“We scored twice and if we had just a little more luck we would have won the match
“Sometimes to get one point is good.
“It was a fantastic match and I am very pleased with our performance.
“It was just the goal that was missing but we created a lot of chances.
“We were a little unlucky but I am more confident than after the game against Norwich.
“Against Norwich we won the game at the end but we created very few chances.
“Tonight we created a lot of chances but we drew the match.
“It is okay. Four points from two difficult matches, it is fantastic.
“You can’t always get the three points but our performance was fantastic.
“Of course the players were not so happy but I told my players that we are alive and we made a fantastic performance. Now they must focus on Watford.”
The Foxes’ points tally of 56 before the West Brom match was already their highest ever in the Premier League but cracks now have showed despite their late 1-0 weekend win against Norwich.
The Canaries stifled Leicester for most of the game last time and Albion set about exactly doing the same early on before taking an unexpected early lead.
Leicester found themselves in an unusual position of having plenty of the ball (this was only the fourth time this season when Leicester have had the most possession in a match) but looked to some extent confused what to do with it at times. It is a scenario Leicester may have to adapt over the rest of the season which started with West Brom’s visit yesterday.
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