Football

Foxes boss says the focus is on next game, not title rivals

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri is planning to ignore his title rivals after the Foxes slipped up against West Bromwich Albion.

Ranieri's men were held to a 2-2 draw by the Baggies yesterday morning (Singapore time) to move three points clear at the top of the English Premier League.

Tottenham travelled to West Ham this morning, knowing a win would see them leapfrog the Foxes on goal difference.

Leicester go to Watford on Saturday and Ranieri plans to spend his time studying the Hornets rather than anxiously watching Spurs or third-placed Arsenal, who host Swansea.

"Maybe I watch Watford more than the others. Watford are the most important, not the other teams," he said.

"Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City fight for the title and then there is little Leicester who fight against them. I want you to remember where we start.

"It (pressure) is not important for us. I am only concerned at my team and I look at the table at the end of the season to see where we are.

"We are confident that we can repeat the final leg like last season. We try to do our best. Today we were not so lucky but, perhaps, in the last 10 matches we will be. Why not? Be positive."

Danny Drinkwater and Andy King scored to put Leicester 2-1 up at the break after Salomon Rondon's early goal stunned the hosts.

Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki hit the bar, but the Foxes were held to a point after Craig Gardner levelled.

Ranieri added: "It was a fantastic match and I am very pleased with our performance.

"We didn't panic after the first goal and managed the ball very well, we built the pressure from the back and our fans were behind us.

"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."

Gardner's brilliant free-kick earned a battling draw for West Brom who are 13th in the table and 12 points clear of the bottom three.

PULIS, A FOXES' FAN

WBA manager Tony Pulis was full of praise for Leicester and declared he was a Foxes fan.

He said: "Leicester are in some ways an old-fashioned team, the way they play. They play through the pitch quickly, they get the balls wide and they get bodies in the box. They play really exciting football.

"The way the team are set up, the balance of the team, the enthusiasm, the commitment they give, every Leicester City supporter should be proud of his team. They are fantastic and never stop.

"I hope Leicester win the league. I am now supporting them for the rest of the season, apart from West Brom.

- Wire Services.

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