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Leicester players feel no stress as they chase first title

Leicester players feel no stress as they chase first title

Football Football – Sunderland v Leicester City – Barclays Premier League – Stadium of Light – 04/10/16 Jamie Vardy celebrates with Wes Morgan after scoring Leicester’s second goal Reuters / Russell Cheyne Livepic

(Reuters) – Leicester City’s players are remarkably stress-free as they continue to close in on their first Premier League title, according to the club’s performance psychologist Ken Way. With a seven-point lead over the chasing pack led by Tottenham Hotspur, the Foxes are well placed at the top of the division with five games to play, having won their last five games in a row. “I’m not a busy man at the moment,” Way told the Times. “I was even able to take a short holiday last week and not worry about it. “I was worried at one point early in the season about how (the pressure) might start to affect the players. But honestly it hasn’t. It’s not a stressful situation. It’s only stressful if you let it be.” Way says Leicester’s remarkable rise to the top after flirting with relegation for much of the last campaign is the result of an organic process that began under former manager Nigel Pearson and has been brought to fruition by current boss Claudio Ranieri. “People think something suddenly ‘clicked’, but I would say it was much more organic than that,” he added. “It had been happening for a while, with promotion from the Championship under Nigel Pearson. “When Claudio arrived, I was nervous because Nigel had built a great team and we weren’t sure what was going to happen. “I expected him to be a stern sort of manager, but he has a lovely way about him. He takes a situation that could be turbulent and takes the heat out of it. “The dressing room is lively, with Jamie Vardy cracking jokes and Christian Fuchs and Robert Huth making people laugh. There’s a party atmosphere, but it’s also extremely focused. “Nobody is thinking about the consequences of what they’re doing. It’s one game at a time, as Claudio has said all along.” (Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Editing by Clare Fallon)