Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has given his verdict on who he believes will become champions of England in just over a month's time.
The Scotsman himself is familiar with the scenario, having won 13 Premier League crowns in his illustrious 26-year reign in Manchester.
He insists Leicester City have got the edge over their rivals going into the final rounds of league fixtures.
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In an interview with Sky Sports, as reported by the Sun, Fergie said: “Leicester have the bit between their teeth, they’ve been the best team without question throughout the season and they deserve to win it.”
He cited the example of the Red Devils’ 1996-97 campaign being similar to the Foxes' results this term.
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“In 96-97 we won eight games 1-0 on the way to winning the league – these are championship winning games without question. The consistency has been there all season and they have maintained that consistency and I can’t see another thing going wrong for them.”
Although the majority of the limelight has been on the dynamic duo of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, Ferguson was quick to conclude that the defensive pairing of Robert Huth and Wes Morgan remain key to their triumphant run.
“They have the experience of Huth and Morgan at the back. They know how to head the ball clear, they know how to tackle, and they know how to defend. What a benefit.”
The former Chelsea centre-half Huth, has adopted a leadership role under Ranieri and his experience at the top level has guided the club to the top of the league. Alongside Morgan, they are one the most strongest defensive pairs in the Premier League.
UNITY IS KEY
The Old Trafford great suggests the unity among the players at the King Power Stadium will eventually guide them to the finish line.
He also hailed the influence of Claudio Ranieri, who returned to the English top flight since leaving Chelsea in 2004.
However, Ferguson still is of the opinion that there will be twists and turns till the end of the season.
He added: “There will be testing times for them and they have to come to terms with the fact they will drop a point or two – they may even lose a game. But others will drop points, that’s the nature of the Premier League, it’s a tough league.”
CHALLENGERS FOR TITLE
The 74-year-old thinks only Tottenham can challenge Leicester for league supremacy now, but believes the Foxes will ultimately be winners.
“I only see Tottenham being a danger to Leicester. Tottenham, at the moment, playing some of the best football I’ve seen from a Spurs team in many years.”
“But Leicester have got the edge. I think they’ll get there.”
Ranieri’s men are currently top with 66 points, five ahead of Spurs with Arsenal 11 points further adrift in third, although the Gunners have a game in hand.