Riyad Mahrez reveals what Claudio Ranieri says before every match

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In case you’ve missed it, Leicester City are on the brink of winning the Premier League.

Their 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday meant that they edged ever closer to achieving the 5000/1 feat - the odds they were at the start of the season before a ball was kicked.

It means that Tottenham must beat Chelsea in tonight’s fixture to stand any chance to catching the Foxes.


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Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy and N’Golo Kante are the three players that have received all the plaudits for the Foxes’ incredible campaign but the man orchestrating it all is manager Claudio Ranieri.

The Italian was appointed by the club in the summer and has captured the hearts of the nation with his ‘happy-go-lucky’ attitude.

But people are still left wondering how he’s managed to guide his side to within inches of the title.

Well, PFA Player of the Year winner Riyad Mahrez has revealed the five words his manager says before every match.

“His thing is to tell us: 'Be smart, you are foxes,’” he said, per The Mirror.

It’s hardly inspirational, but it appears to be working.

Ranieri comes across as a happy and bubbly character and giving his players the ‘hairdryer treatment’ seems highly unlikely.

And Mahrez has revealed the one occasion that Ranieri lost his rag with his players this season.

“The manager let's us get on with it,” Mahrez said.

“Except once at half-time against Newcastle. Then he shouted at us. Otherwise, he likes to laugh.

"In training, he has fun all the time. Less on match days. Then he is concentrated on the job. I try to joke with him, tell him he is late, laugh at his shoes, but even if he smiles, he says to me: 'Oh, oh, concentrate on the match,’” he added.

Mahrez's 17 goals and 11 assists in the league have helped Ranieri and his side close in on the unthinkable. The Algerian was deservedly crowned with the PFA award while he, along with Vardy, Kante and Wes Morgan were named in the PFA Team of the Year.

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