Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has admitted that his side are “dreaming” after their 1-0 victory over Southampton this afternoon took them another step closer to the Premier League title.
Captain Wes Morgan‘s goal handed the Foxes their fourth 1-0 win on the bounce, taking them seven points clear of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur and to within four victories of the first top-flight title in their history.
Leicester did have to survive a handball appeal against Danny Simpson in the first half, which Southampton boss Ronald Koeman claimed was “100%” a penalty, but Ranieri believes that referee Michael Oliver got the decision right.
“Clean sheet, three points, step by step. It’s fantastic because we know very well Southampton came here with a lot of confidence,” Ranieri told Sky Sports News.
“They had a fantastic chance but Simpson made a fantastic save. It was very close to him, he was running and his arm was very close to his body. I said to the players, it’s the chairman’s birthday, he needs a special present from us. The skipper came back from a long journey with the national team, it’s amazing.
“I enjoy it a lot when we maintain clean sheets. We are dreaming, if we fight we can do something and we must continue. It’s important to stay very calm and maintain our feet on the ground.”
Leicester’s final six matches of the season see them take on Sunderland (a), West Ham United (h), Swansea City (h), Manchester United (a), Everton (h) and Chelsea (a).