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Claudio Ranieri gives Leicester squad the week off

Jamie Vardy warms up prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium
Image: Leicester players have been given a week off by manager Claudio Ranieri

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri has given his players a week off to recharge their batteries ahead of the Premier League title run-in.

City are top of the table, two points ahead of Tottenham, going into the last 12 games of the season.

They went down 2-1 at Arsenal on Sunday, Danny Welbeck scoring a last-gasp winner at the Emirates, but that defeat followed impressive victories over Liverpool and Manchester City in their previous two matches as their fairytale bid for the title goes on.

Ranieri revealed that he had agreed with his players that if they picked up maximum points from those three games, he would give them a week off.

But with their next game not until March 1, Ranieri decided to give them a break anyway.

Danny Welbeck celebrates Arsenal's win over Leicester
Image: Danny Welbeck celebrates Arsenal's win over Leicester

"We make a little gamble with my players and they say to me, "If we make nine points will you give us one week away?" he said.

"Now we make just six points but in my mind I said, 'ok, I was happy with one point from City and one point today - only two points - and we achieved three'.

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"I said 'ok, it's the same as if you won the match. Go home and we will see you next Monday.'

"They deserve it. They made a fantastic performance. I don't know where they will go, Dubai maybe? They go wherever they want. I will have one day in London - and then I go to Rome."

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