Foxes will have to wait for ti­tle glory

Le­ices­ter miss out on first chance to win the league af­ter 1-1 draw

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There may not have been a fairy­tale end­ing at the ‘The­atre of Dreams’ for Le­ices­ter but all Manch­ester United did was de­lay the in­evitable.

Clau­dio Ranieri’s side were nerve­less, pro­duc­ing an­other de­ter­mined dis­play that proves why they are, with­out a shadow of a doubt, the best side in England.

Hav­ing fallen be­hind af­ter only eight min­utes to a well-taken An­thony Martial goal, Le­ices­ter re­sponded like cham­pi­ons.

Cap­tain Wes Mor­gan rose high­est to head past David de Gea just nine min­utes later and Le­ices­ter then went look­ing for the win that would have de­liv­ered the most mirac­u­lous of ti­tles.

Ul­ti­mately they could not find the goal that would have sparked mass cel­e­bra­tions back in Le­ices­ter, but there were no signs that the Foxes will fold un­der the pres­sure in the re­main­ing weeks of the sea­son.

There was one sour mo­ment as Danny Drinkwa­ter was sent off late on for two book­able of­fences, but Le­ices­ter held on for a valu­able point.

“The per­for­mance was good,” said Ranieri. “I wasn’t wor­ried as we have very good heart. The goal gave us more con­fi­dence. I knew we would re­act.

“Af­ter our goal we played bet­ter and I think the draw is the right re­sult.”

Now the at­ten­tion will turn to Stam­ford Bridge where Chelsea play Tot­ten­ham tonight at 11pm UAE time.

Any­thing but a Spurs vic­tory will hand the ti­tle to Le­ices­ter, but Ranieri will not be watch­ing.

“I’d like to watch the Tot­ten­ham match but I’m on a flight back from Italy so I might not know the re­sult un­til I land,” added the Ital­ian.

“For us it’s im­por­tant to con­tinue to dream and con­tinue to work.”

Should Tot­ten­ham over­come Chelsea then Le­ices­ter will have an­other chance to cap­ture the ti­tle next weekend when they host a strug­gling Ever­ton side at the King Power Sta­dium.

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