Claudio Ranieri
Claudio Ranieri was emotional after defeating Sunderland, Sunday.Reuters

Terms such as dream and fairytale have been closely associated with Leicester City owing to their incredible EPL season so far. Leicester, after defeating Sunderland 2-0, enjoy a seven-point lead over Tottenham Hotspur, who lie in second place, with just five games to go in the season. 

Nobody would have believed Leicester would finish in the top four, let alone win the title, before the start of the season. Many of the players would have been happy to stay away from the relegation zone, but Leicester, after a fantastic start, have just looked better with each and every game.

Much of the success is owed to Jamie Vardy, who has played an integral part for the Foxes this season, scoring goals consistently. He scored a brace against Sunderland. It was his 20th and 21st EPL goals. Riyad Mahrez has been another influential figure for Leicester.

Though Vardy might have been the star against Sunderland, it was not a walk in the park for Leicester, who had to play quality football to beat Sunderland.

Claudio Ranieri, who was brought to tears after inching closer to the title, is aware that the history is just round the corner, but wants his team to focus on the matches that lie ahead. Three wins, and they will win the EPL title, but they cannot afford to lose concentration and crumble under pressure in the last, and most important phase of the EPL.

"You make this job for the emotion you feel inside but it is difficult for me to tell you what kind. The fans must continue to dream but we must be concentrated and focused," BBC quoted Ranieri as saying.

Leicester cannot count the chickens before they hatch, as they finish off the season against some strong teams in the league. They face West Ham United and Swansea City in their next two fixtures, and will play Manchester United, Everton and Chelsea in their last three games. Leicester play three of their last five fixtures at home.

"Now we have two tough matches at home, (qualification for) the Champions League is on the table and we have to keep it. We don't achieve nothing yet. We have to stay calm, be focused, strong, solid and keep going." Ranieri said.

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