Premier League-winning manager Claudio Ranieri has had his stay on what he believes will be required to win the title this season, and he disagrees with a previous claim from Arsene Wenger.
The Leicester City boss led the Foxes to a surprise triumph last term, but his side have struggled to compete this time around, instead focusing on the Champions League – they are just one win away from sealing their spot in the knockout stages of the competition.
Wenger, speaking at Arsenal’s AGM this week, claimed a tally of around 82-86 points would be necessary to win the title, which has been backed-up by statistics that show an average of 86 points has been required for the last 24 champions.
Quoted by the London Evening Standard, though, the most recent title-winning manager believes a smaller points tally will be enough this season.
“This season I think there are so many teams fighting for the title. When there are so many teams maybe the total can go down. He’s an expert on the Premier League, if Arsene says 86 he’s right. I believe a little less but he’s a boss.”
“He has more experience no, 20 years. Me only five… There are so many teams who are fighting for the title, there will be a very good battle until the end.”
The title-race is currently wide open heading in November, with Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool all tied at the top with 20 points, whilst Chelsea are fourth and Tottenham Hotspur fifth on 19 points.