Leicester City 4, Swansea City 0
Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has urged his players to realise their dreams and win a first ever Premier League title after they overcame another hurdle in emphatic fashion.
The Foxes made a mockery of fears they might struggle without suspended top scorer Jamie Vardy by smashing four past a lifeless Swansea and reopening an eight-point lead over Tottenham.
Spurs can narrow the gap again when they host West Brom tonight but Ranieri knows his team can render their rivals’ results irrelevant with five points from their remaining three games.
“I talked to my players before the match and I said we had a dream so far, now make a dream reality. Now is the right moment to push,” he said.
“If Tottenham are better than us, OK, but we have to fight because we will never have this fantastic moment. We play with our hearts and it’s difficult to beat those who play with the heart and soul.”
Leicester needed just 10 minutes to race into the lead, [winger Riyad Mahrez seizing on a sloppy pass from Swansea captain Ashley Williams before slotting low past Lukasz Fabianski.
Forward Leonardo Ulloa’s planted header from a Danny Drinkwater free-kick doubled the hosts’ advantage, and Vardy’s replacement bundled in the third on the hour after Jeff Schlupp’s blistering run.
Marc Albrighton completed the scoring five minutes from time when he fired into the roof of the net after Swansea struggled to clear a cross from lively fellow substitute Demarai Gray.