Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said that Leicester City can win the Premier League.
The champions face table-toppers Leicester City on Monday at the King Power stadium, a game Chelsea will be looking to win after losing to Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge last weekend.
The Foxes are currently top of the table, two points clear of Arsenal – who are in second position.
'They deserve to be where they are, let’s be honest,' said the Blues boss, chelseafc.com reports. 'I said a couple of weeks ago I didn’t believe they can be champions and maybe I have to think twice because it’s one thing to be top in September after a beautiful start, another is to be top in December, that’s a completely different story, so if they are there and get result after result, it’s because they can win the title.
'It would be something magnificent, something toimpress the football world but sometimes these things can happen, so why not?
'They are there because they are doing magnificently well, we are where we are because we are doing badly.
'We have the same potential as last season, the same manager, same players, so if we are where we are it’s because we are underperforming.
'He (Ranieri) is going to win the manager of the month award and he should win more than that, he should win manager of half-term. If you could give an award for the first six months of the competition everybody is miles away from him and every club is miles away from what Leicester are doing.
'I know the distance between them and Man United, Man City, Arsenal is only a few points but they are the ones who deserve all the respect and compliments.
'One year ago they were bottom of the league and Ranieri was sacked by the Greece national team for losing to the Faroe Islands, now he is the top manager in the Premier League and their players are top of the league. That’s the beauty, it’s fantastic.'