Premier League: Leicester spirit pleases Claudio Ranieri

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Claudio Ranieri hailed the spirit shown by Leicester City in their 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The Foxes could have won the Premier League title with victory at Old Trafford but they were forced to come from behind after Anthony Martial put the home side ahead early on.

Wes Morgan levelled and Leicester claimed what could be a crucial point despite having Danny Drinkwater sent off for a second bookable offence in the second half.

With Jamie Vardy still suspended, Ranieri says it was important that Leicester proved they are not completely reliant on their star striker.

“I wasn’t worried because we have very good heart and I thought sooner or later we’d react,” he told reporters.

“Of course after the goal, I said we had to react mentally and fortunately at the first free-kick we scored a goal.

“The goal gave us more and more confidence. With Jamie away it’s more difficult for us because we are used to playing the ball for Jamie and stretching the opponent.”

Leicester remain in the driving seat to win the title, needing only two points from their final two games to seal an historic success.

Ranieri wants his players to stay focused and he feels second placed Tottenham will continue to ask questions of his team.

“For us it’s important to continue to dream and continue to work. Three matches ago, I said in my mind Tottenham will win all the matches and we are very, very concentrated on this,” he added.

Leicester are 1.73 to win their next match at home to Everton on Saturday. The Toffees are 5.00 while the draw is 3.50.

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