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Ranieri insists top four finish is Leicester's main focus

Claudio Ranieri is still not thinking of the Premier League title even after Leicester moved eight points clear at the top with a 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace.

Riyad Mahrez scored the only goal of the game on Saturday as the Foxes extended their lead over second-placed Tottenham, who play Bournemouth on Sunday.

But while jubilant Foxes fans sang 'we're going to win the league' after the final whistle at Selhurst Park, Ranieri insisted that a top four finish is the main focus.

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"I think now we are close to securing Champions League football, that is a great achievement," he told Sky Sports. "We go step by step. The title race is the same as a match: every match you don't know what happens until the end. It's the same with the title."

Leicester were made to work hard for victory over out-of-form Palace and almost conceded in injury-time as Damien Delaney volleyed against the bar.

"It's important to have concentration and focus," Ranieri added. "We had to battle. It was a tough match and we played so well.

"We deserved to win, we created three or four great chances and they created two. It was a good match and until the end you don't know what happens."

The win is Leicester's fourth 1-0 victory in their last five matches and Ranieri is pleased they have been able to grind out results.

"We can play on the counter, in open space, against a team who closes down well," Ranieri added. "But it's important now to continue and let the fans dream."