Claudio Ranieri would be hoping that his charges are geared up for an unprecedented title assault as Leicester City prepare to take on relegation-threatened Norwich City at the King Power Stadium this Saturday.
The Foxes were on a seven-game unbeaten streak before they faced Arsenal FC at the Emirates Stadium last Sunday. The league leaders lost the game 2-1 thus prompting people to question the team’s title credentials.
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After performing so well throughout the campaign, the players are bound to come under a lot of pressure but Ranieri is confident that his players can manage all that and show that last Sunday’s defeat was just a blip on the road to what could be the most unpredictable title wins in sports history.
And, asked whether his side were feeling the weight of expectation, Ranieri told reporters: “I didn’t see that. Because the training is the same and the mentality is very good. They are free spirits.
“We have to manage [the pressure] and have the confidence to manage this pressure. It’s okay. It’s the first time. Maybe next season, it could be better and in two seasons, better again.
“I told my players that it will be a big battle on Saturday. It will be harder than against Arsenal.”
And it is unlikely to see Leicester drop any points at home against a team that has won just once in the league this year and is flirting with relegation. Alex Neil’s men threw away a two-goal lead to draw against West Ham last week and perhaps this was not the best time for them to face a team that is making history as we speak.