Mar 16, 2016

    'Only Spurs can catch Foxes'


    LEICESTER City's win over Newcastle on Monday not only sent them five points clear of Tottenham Hotspur at the top of the Premier League, it also effectively ended the challenge of Manchester City and Arsenal, said Southampton manager Ronald Koeman.

    While Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has batted away the "favourites" tag with the season winding down, his side have amassed 63 points, five ahead of Spurs, with eight matches to go.

    They also stand 11 points clear of third-placed Arsenal and 12 ahead of Manchester City. While both those sides have a game in hand, Koeman said Leicester's 1-0 win on Monday had changed the complexion of the title race.

    "It will now be a new situation for them because 11 points from Arsenal... 12 (ahead of) City, they are out of the title (race)," the Dutchman told Sky Sports television.

    "It will be a fight between Tottenham and Leicester, and that makes the difference between before the game and after the game."

    He added the fact that Leicester were within touching distance of the title would play on their minds.

    "It's now a fight between two teams and before this game, it was still a fight between maybe four or five.

    "And that's the difference, that starts to run in your mind as a Leicester player."

    The Foxes will hope to take another step towards their first top flight title when they travel to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

    Spurs host Bournemouth the following day.