Ranieri ready for final straight

Leicester City boss Claudio Renieri has likened the fight for the Premier League title to race to a horse race as they prepare for the final furlong.

The Foxes remarkably find themselves level on points with league leaders Arsenal with just 16 matches left to play and Renieri has said he will "whip" his players should they still be in contention come March.

"Every match for us is very important but if we win on Saturday it would be fantastic," he told a press conference ahead of this weekend's Premier League fixture against Stoke.

"Now is the right moment for us. You get the right horses arriving at the finale and now we are at the last turn. In March there is the final straight but now we are at the turn. I will whip them in March. If we are still there in March, I will go!"

Renieri revealed he would call on the experience of 13-time Premier League winner Sir Alex Ferguson for advice.

"I will call Sir Alex Ferguson because he knows the horses very well and then he can give me some suggestions."

Leicester have a tough few weeks ahead of them, having only one once in their last five Premier League matches and matches against Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal coming up in February.