Leicester boost title hopes after win at Man City; Tottenham second

Leicester City took another step closer to the most unlikely of Premier League titles when they clinched a stunning 3-1 win at rivals Manchester City on Saturday.

Robert Huth scored twice and Riyad Mahrez got the other as Leicester extended their lead at the top to five points from Tottenham Hotspur, who beat Watford 1-0 to go above Manchester City into second.

Bottom side Aston Villa gave themselves hope with a 2-0 home win over Norwich City to cut the gap between themselves and safety to eight points.

Manchester City's starting line-up cost 200 million pounds (290 million dollars) more than Leicester's but Sergio Aguero's late header was too little too late for the home side.

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri described it as a "great result in a crazy Premier League" but said they will still try to keep their feet on the ground.

"Our ambition this season was to be safe," the Italian said. "We have done that. Now we must enjoy and treat every game as if it's our last.

"I want to wait until the end of April because I know the last matches are very tough. This is a fantastic moment for the Premier League, nobody knows who can win it.

"We have to enjoy, with a lot of confidence match after match and step by step."

Huth put Leicester ahead after just three minutes with a deflected shot and Mahrez doubled their lead three minutes into the second half with a brilliant finish.

Huth then scored his second and Leicester's third on the hour mark with a fine header from a corner and though Aguero netted three minutes from time, the visitors held on.

"Leicester played better than us," Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini said.

"There are 36 points to play for, nothing is finished. It is important for us to recover our players and I am continuing not giving up because we got an unexpected defeat but we must continue."

Mahrez, whose side were almost relegated last season, tried to play down talk of the title but said his side were definitely contenders.

"I think now we are going to fight for the title and we will see what we can do," he said. "We didn't expect to win here 3-1 but we're just going to keep dreaming and see what happens."

Kieran Trippier gave hosts Tottenham the lead over Watford on 64 minutes and though they were not at their fluent best, they eased to victory to go second.

"We need to be calm," Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said.

"We are in a very good position in the league but the philosophy from the beginning of the season has been to go step by step."

Bottom side Villa saw off Norwich after goals from Joleon Lescott and Gabriel Agbonlahor.

"We are going to keep fighting until the end," Agbonlahor said.

"That is all the club expects from us. There is no reason why we cannot escape. We showed fight today. We had a game plan: we defended well and attacked well."

Newcastle United moved out of the bottom three thanks to a 1-0 home win over West Bromwich Albion while home side Southampton beat West Ham United 1-0 in the late match to go seventh, despite playing the last 40 minutes with 10 men after the sending-off of Victor Wanyama.

Everton won 3-0 at Stoke City to go eighth above rivals Liverpool, who let slip a 2-0 lead with eight minutes to go as they drew 2-2 with Sunderland.

Both the visitors' goals – scored by Adam Johnson and Jermain Defoe – came after thousands of home fans left early in protest at the club’s plans to raise ticket prices next season.

Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp was not in attendance after being taken to hospital for an operation after coming down with appendicitis.

Swansea City drew 1-1 with Crystal Palace in the day's other match.

Last update: Sun, 07/02/2016 - 00:00

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