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Published: 17:47 | 19/3/16

Claudio Ranieri: Concentration is very important for us

Leicester eight points clear of Tottenham

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri was delighted with his side’s performance as they moved eight points clear at the top of the Premier League with a hard fought 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.

The win left the travelling Leicester fans signing of the title, but Ranieri has refused to be drawn on his side’s title challenge and reminded his players that concentration is now key for success.

"It sounds good, our fans are singing a very good song about that but we are to stay calm because the Premier League is the same as every match, you don’t know what will happen.

"We have to continue to push a lot because the Champions League is very close to us. Maybe in the next two matches I can say something more.”

"Concentration is very important for us. Now the others have to do something,” said the Italian.

Leicester are now 16-points clear of fifth placed West Ham and Ranieri believes that even Champions League qualification would be a massive achievement for his side this season.

"I think now we are close to achieving the Champions League that is a great achievement, step by step.

“I’m not dreaming [of the title], I make a comparison between the race for the title, and each match. You don’t know what will happen until the end.”

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew, on the other hand, was disappointed with his side’s performance but he accepted Leicester were worthy winners and believes they will now be difficult to catch.

"We are down, frustrated, we wanted to keep momentum after the FA Cup win over Reading but Leicester are top of the league for a reason,” said Pardew.

“They have a lovely balance to the team, they will be difficult to catch and they would be worthy champions."

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