If Claudio Ranieri is correct, the difference between Leicester City and the clubs scratching and clawing at them in an attempt to cut into their five-point lead may be the fact that they don’t have any other football obligations from now until the end of the season.
According to the Telegraph, Ranieri believes that the additional football and traveling for the other clubs may make them tired at key stretches of the season, giving Leicester City a slight advantage that they can capitalize on to make a run at the title.
“Of course whoever plays in the Champions League, FA Cup or Europa League spends a lot of energy, they travel a lot and it is not easy. But that’s a little advantage. Now we have to concentrate match by match, step by step.”
Leicester City are not playing in the Champions League or Europa League, unlike Tottenham Hotspur (2nd on the table), Manchester City (3rd), Arsenal (4th), Manchester United (5th) and Liverpool (9th) who all have at least two legs left to play in their respective UEFA tournaments. The Foxes are also out of the FA Cup tournament, unlike West Ham United (6th), Everton (8th) and Watford (10th).
The Foxes have not finished higher than second in the first tier in their history. The last time they achieved such a feat was the 1928-29 season.
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