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Ranieri tips Spurs for title win as key week looms

media Claudio Ranieri has led Leicester City to the top of the Premier League in his first season in charge. Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

The manager of surprise English Premier League leaders Leicester City has tipped closest rivals Tottenham Hotspur as the title favourites. Claudio Ranieri said that Spurs are strong in every situation.

“When they defend and when they attack they know what they want. Everyone is speaking about Leicester but nobody is speaking about Tottenham,” Ranieri said. “We are the surprise, that is fantastic, a good energy, but if we are realistic the real competitors are City, Arsenal and Tottenham.”

Leicester are two points ahead of second placed Tottenham with Arsenal and Manchester City in close third and fourth respectively.

“Our job is done, we wanted to be safe and now there is something new. You can achieve something new if you think match by match. Now we are focused on West Brom, we know we can win, lose or draw but it's not important what the other teams do,” the Italian decolared.

This week could prove to be decisive with key clashes involving the top three teams.

While Ranieri's side host West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday, Tottenham face West Ham on Wednesday and Arsenal on Saturday.

For Arsenal, this could be a make-or-break week. In order to keep its title hopes alive, the north London club must beat Swansea on Wednesday as well as title contenders Tottenham on Saturday.

Arsenal suffered a big setback on Sunday after losing to Manchester United 3-2

That loss, along with Leicester's defeat of Norwich on Saturday and Tottenham's victory over Swansea, left Arsenal in third place, five points off top spot.

Arsenal goalkeeper Peter Cech termed the defeat against Man Utd a big disappointment.

“This is a step back after last week where we managed to overcome a deficit against Leicester at home,” Cech said, referring to Arsenal’s thrilling 2-1 win over Leicester City.

“This is a step back but we need to keep working. We have two important games coming up this week and if we manage to win both the table might look better again."

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