Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri says Tottenham are title favourites
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Claudio Ranieri and Mauricio Pochettino
Claudio Ranieri (left) has never won a top-flight title in his managerial career
Tottenham are the Premier League title favourites, according to Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri.
Spurs, who are two points behind leaders Leicester with 11 games remaining, have not been top since the first week of the 2009-10 season.
But ex-Chelsea boss Ranieri, whose side host West Brom on Tuesday (19:45 GMT), believes the Londoners can end their 55-year wait for a top-flight title.
“Tottenham are strong in every situation,” said the Italian.
Spurs could go top with a win at West Ham on Wednesday, should the Foxes slip up against West Brom.
Arsenal are three points adrift of their London rivals in third, with Manchester City another four points back in fourth, albeit with a game in hand.
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Ranieri believes his side’s exploits this season have allowed Tottenham to avoid the usual attention generated by a title challenge.
“Everyone is speaking about Leicester but nobody about Tottenham,” he said.
“Tottenham, in my opinion, are favourites. When they defend and when they attack, they know what they want.
“We are the surprise, that is fantastic, a good energy, but if we are realistic the real competitors are Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham.”