Saturday 1 October 2016

Money doesn't guarantee success, says Ranieri, with title in sight for Foxes

Published 29/04/2016 | 22:56

Claudio Ranieri's Leicester have spent less than £30million on their squad since last summer
Claudio Ranieri's Leicester have spent less than £30million on their squad since last summer

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri insists money cannot buy success, with the Foxes three points away from the Barclays Premier League title.

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They will win the league with victory at Manchester United on Sunday in one of the most extraordinary seasons in modern football.

The Foxes have spent less than £30million on their squad since last summer, while United have fielded sides which have cost over £200million this season.

Shinji Okazaki was Leicester's biggest outlay last year at a reported £7million, while United splashed out £25million on Memphis Depay and an initial £36million for Anthony Martial.

Leicester, who are seven points clear of Tottenham with three games left, have upset the establishment and Ranieri feels money does not have to be a defining factor.

He said: "Once in the life it can happen. That is football. Once every 50 years a little team with less money can beat the biggest ones.

"If there are 20 teams who spend millions of pounds at the end of the season one will win the title and three will go down.

"Now there are very special circumstances. The big teams don't have the consistency and normal teams have the consistency during the season.

"From August to April and now it's important to keep the same consistency in May.

"I'm waiting for next season, United at the top, Chelsea at the top, Liverpool, (Manchester) City and Arsenal and we are fighting."

Ranieri has said he wants to see a perfect away performance at Old Trafford, having already won in Manchester when they beat City 3-1 in February, a performance Ranieri rates at their best.

"To do something better is difficult, but I am speaking about the performance, not the result," said the Italian, who is without suspended 22-goal top-scorer Jamie Vardy.

"When you play at Old Trafford it's amazing, it's the story of football. It's great, I hope to show one of our best performances."

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