IN WHAT could be a double bluff, genial Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri has said in a press conference that he believes that rivals Tottenham Hotspur are most likely to win this year’s Premier League title despite the fact that the Foxes, as Leicester are known, are currently three points clear at the top of the table.
He said that Spurs are strong in every position and believes that the fact that Leicester have been so successful has diverted the usual attention from Tottenham who are suddenly playing exceptional football.
He went on to say “We are the surprise, that is fantastic, a good energy, but if we are realistic the real competitors are Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham.”
Despite his words, Leicester and Spurs seem most likely to be battling it out at the end of the season especially as Arsenal and Manchester City in third and fourth places respectively are trailing but there are still plenty of points to be won and if one team has a bad March and another a good one, then everything could change.
In the event, Ranieri’s side drew 2-2 with West Bromwich Albion at home on Tuesday March 1 and if Tottenham beat West Ham away today (March 2) then Spurs will be top of the table thanks to goal difference and in the driving seat.
Whatever happens, this is probably the most open competition for a number of years with two of the usual favourites Chelsea and Manchester United not likely to make a significant challenge, even though both have shown encouraging signs of recovery in recent matches.