Leicester’s Italian boss went into yesterday’s match telling his squad that the title would be won if they maximised the next five games. It was Ranieri’s 5-4-3-2-1 countdown to winning the Premier League.
Well, it’s now one down, four to go after the win against relegation candidates Norwich opened up a five-point lead at the top.
Next Ranieri is looking to make the most of games against West Brom, Watford, Newcastle and Palace. He is convinced the Foxes will then be on course for the most unlikely of triumphs.
Yesterday his hitman hero was substitute Leo Ulloa but he – and Leicester – left it late.
The game had moved into the 89th minute when Marc Albrighton sent over an inviting cross from the right and Ulloa was waiting at the far post.
City’s Argentine supersub, who had been on the field for only 11 minutes, sidefooted the ball home to trigger wild celebrations.