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Claudio Ranieri: Leicester will not copy Barack Obama’s ‘Yes we can’ slogan

The Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has never got carried away at any stage during his side’s stunning progress this season. Photograph: Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty ImagesThe Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has never got carried away at any stage during his side’s stunning progress this season. Photograph: Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images

Claudio Ranieri refuses to entertain any talk of Leicester City winning the Premier League title and the Italian has reinforced that message in his own inimitable style by saying he has no intention of copying Barack Obama’s “Yes we can” slogan from the US president’s 2008 White House campaign.

Three points clear at the top of the table with 14 games remaining, Leicester travel to second-placed Manchester City on Saturday full of confidence on the back of a Jamie Vardy-inspired 2-0 win over Liverpool on Tuesday night and with football fans everywhere wondering whether their fairytale season could have the most remarkable ending.

Ranieri, however, has never got carried away at any stage and he is clearly not going to drop his guard now. After playing a straight bat to a series of questions about Leicester’s title prospects, the 64-year-old was asked whether it was becoming more difficult to play down their chances of winning the league as the weeks go by and they continue to set the pace. “I’d like to say: ‘Yes we can!’ But I am not Obama,” Ranieri said, smiling. “Then it is difficult for me to say this. If I maintain this suspense it is much better for you.”

Ranieri broke into laughter when quizzed on whether he has said anything to his players about challenging for the title – “You want to know if I told something to my players? This is a secret!” – and there was more amusement when it was put to him that a brilliant passage of one-touch passing against Liverpool had prompted comparisons with Barcelona on Match of the Day. “Calm, calm, calm,” Ranieri said. “Our fans must dream. We must stay with our feet on the ground.”

While Leicester are now viewed as legitimate title contenders in many people’s eyes, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that finishing fourth and having the opportunity to play in the Champions League next season would be an incredible achievement for a club that was bottom of the table this time last year.

“Amazing,” Ranieri said. “If we arrive fourth and go in the Champions League … unbelievable. I think all the people understand we are doing something extraordinary so far. What happens in the future I don’t know but always we gave a very good gift to our fans.” – theguardian –

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