Leicester boss Ranieri holds crisis talks with Mahrez and Vardy

But their current plight, makes last season's fairytale title win an even greater achievement, according to former England star Lineker.

Leicester have reached the last 16 of the Champions League and play Sevilla later this month.

Swansea City's English midfielder Jack Cork (L) vies with Leicester City's Algerian midfielder Riyad Mahrez (R) during the English Premier League football match between Swansea City and Leicester City at The Liberty Stadium in Swansea, south Wales on February 12, 2017.

Last week the Italian received a vote of confidence from the club, who said he had their "unwavering support" but British bookmakers have him at short odds to be the next Premier League manager to be sacked.

Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, who a year ago both signed new contracts reported in the British media to be worth £110,000 (S$196,000) per week, have struggled this season and could find their places under threat, along with another of last season's leading lights, Danny Drinkwater.

Were they to go down it would be the first time the champions had been relegated since Man City managed the unenviable feat nearly 80 years ago.

Despite seemingly at a loss to stop the rot, Ranieri insisted he remains the right man to lead Leicester out of trouble.

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"I am part of the team and we are confident".

"Always I question myself but always I say, 'come on, of course we can do something good.' I don't have any plans to speak to the owner, but of course if he wants to speak with me I am here".

He told Press Association Sport: "I know he is a very capable coach, a very good person and he will produce and give the best. Our main target is to be safe in the Premier League", he added.

"To Riyad I said come back to last season", Ranieri said at his pre-match media conference. I'm sure they will (stay up).

Chelsea are huge title favourites, with their next five league games against opponents in 10th place or lower - Swansea, West Ham, Watford, Stoke and Crystal Palace.

"I didn't feel comfortable at any point, but maybe the players did because they saw the game out really well".

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