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UK Back Pages: Claudio Ranieri Puts the Title Pressure on Premier League Rivals

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 14:  Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri look on during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Sean SwabyUK Staff WriterFebruary 29, 2016

Claudio Ranieri loves him a good mind game.

While the boss of upstart and surprising Leicester City has continually denied that his Foxes are Premier League favourites even with a lead atop the table, the Italian again put the pressure on his title rivals.

Even in good form, and even sitting two points ahead of Spurs and five ahead of Arsenal, Ranieri said on Monday his side are the fourth favourites behind Spurs, Arsenal and Manchester City.

The Mirror call Ranieri's words turn on the title heat.

And here's The Mirror back page for Tuesday #LCFC #MUFC #Arsenal #CFC #COYS #MCFC pic.twitter.com/qJ4fOFTex2

— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) February 29, 2016

It's a similar story in the Independent, as Ranieri says Tottenham are now the favourites to win the league.

Tuesday's Independent Sport
Ranieri plays down Leicester's chances and makes Spurs favourites#tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/8Mri0HO90z

— Nick Sutton (@suttonnick) February 29, 2016

Ranieri's claims lead the Sun's headlines, too, and they also report a rumour that young Manchester United hero Marcus Rashford is set to see a big pay rise after his four-goal haul in just two games.

Tuesday's Sun back page:
Yours to lose, Poch#tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers pic.twitter.com/YmWJVGQrfd

— Nick Sutton (@suttonnick) February 29, 2016

Rashford's looming new contract leads the Daily Mail, too, along with a supposed war chest Arsene Wenger has to bolster his struggling Arsenal side.

Tuesday's Daily Mail back page:
Cash for Rash #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers pic.twitter.com/nYGi3L2Etx

— Nick Sutton (@suttonnick) February 29, 2016

Wenger's cash is the story in the Telegraph, as they report he's got £75 million available to him over the summer and that Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will receive new contracts.

Tuesday's Telegraph Sport:
Wenger plans £115 shake-up#tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers #afc pic.twitter.com/L2a19ZqwXR

— Nick Sutton (@suttonnick) February 29, 2016

The rumour in the Times is that Antonio Conte's already drawn up a transfer list for Chelsea, with speculation looming that the Italian will soon be announced as Chelsea's permanent manager.

Tuesday's Times Sport:
Conte draws up Chelsea transfer list#tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers pic.twitter.com/cOBerVTQO8

— Nick Sutton (@suttonnick) February 29, 2016

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