Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard says he and his team-mates do not want Tottenham to win the Premier League.
Tottenham are five points behind leaders Leicester with four games left.
Defending champions Chelsea host Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on 2 May and Leicester on 15 May, the final day of the season.
“The fans, the club, the players, we don’t want Tottenham to win the Premier League,” Hazard, 25, told BBC’s Match of the Day programme.
“We hope for Leicester because they deserve to be champions this season.
“We have a good game next week against Tottenham and if we can beat them it will be good.”
Hazard, the 2015 Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year, scored twice in Chelsea’s 4-1 win over Bournemouth on Saturday, his first league goals of the season.
Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, who played for Tottenham’s north London rivals Arsenal from 2003 to 2011, also wants Leicester to win the league and expects them to secure the title before the game against the Blues.
“I believe they’ll have it wrapped up by then,” the Spaniard told Sky Sports.
“Spurs are pushing hard to get as close to them as possible but I think Leicester will win it and deservedly.
“I don’t want Spurs to win it and, for what they’ve done through the season, I would love Leicester to win the Premier League.”
Match of the Day analyst Martin Keown said Hazard’s words will give the Spurs players extra motivation ahead of the meeting with Chelsea.
“The Tottenham players are probably listening to that right now and it’s goading them,” said the former Arsenal and England defender.
Leicester will be without top scorer Jamie Vardy, who will serve at least a one-match ban as a result of his red card in the draw with West Ham.
He is expected to be replaced by Leonardo Ulloa, while Nathan Dyer is ineligible to face his parent club.
Swansea midfielder Leon Britton returns after missing the last two matches with a back problem.
Jack Cork has recovered from a facial injury he suffered last weekend in the defeat by Newcastle.
‘WE CAN COPE WITHOUT VARDY’
Vardy has scored 22 Premier League goals this season, including 11 opening goals – the most of any player in the division.
Ranieri admits that the Foxes will have to change their style of play without him but backed Riyad Mahrez to rediscover his form and insisted his squad of “Caesars” can cope.
“He is fantastic. Riyad is our light,” Ranieri said. “When he switches on, wow, Leicester change colour – that is the truth.
“Without our goalscorer Vardy, it is not easy to play. Without Vardy we have to make some other strategy.
“With Jamie, everyone knows his movement. It could be a change of formation or players.
“I think I have 24 stars. I have 24 Caesars – that is our strength. There isn’t one Caesar but there are the other 23.”
MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES
Jonathan Pearce: “This is make or break for Leicester City. If they keep their five-point lead they’ll withstand the challenge of Spurs, who will yet drop points. Lose, and Tottenham will probably overtake them.
“Leicester go into battle without Vardy – it’s like Richard III fighting at the nearby Battle of Bosworth Field without ‘a horse…a horse…a kingdom for his horse!’ We know what happened there.
“But Shakespeare’s drama of that Leicester-interred King promised: ‘True hope is swift…Kings it makes Gods and meaner creatures Kings’.
“It’s all about belief now. Do Leicester retain enough?”
Everton manager Roberto Martinez insists he is still the right man for the job after an FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester United increased pressure on his position.
Anthony Martial’s goal deep into injury time gave United a 2-1 victory at Wembley to end Martinez’s hopes of bringing Everton their first trophy since 1995’s FA Cup win.
Martinez defiant on future
Asked whether he felt he was still the man to take Everton forward amid growing speculation that this was a game he had to win to survive, he said: “I am. I have got so attached to this football club and my ambition is exactly the same as this club’s ambition.
“We have handled our assets really well, the squad has a great valuation. We develop young players very well and I share the drive the football club has, which is to get into the Champions League and to bring silverware back to Everton.”
Martinez has faced growing unrest from Everton’s fans, who jeered their team off at half-time at Wembley before a second-half rally brought them back into the game.
There will now be renewed pressure on Martinez after the end of their trophy hopes and with Everton lying in 11th place in the Premier League.
He said: “I just feel that every season we are developing and showing certain signs that we can please our fans and bring them the silverware they deserve but of course this is a difficult day.”
Martinez defended striker Romelu Lukaku after he endured a miserable semi-final of missed chances and had a second-half penalty saved by Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.
He said: “I always feel strikers need to be measured in the chances they create and sometimes you need to give credit to the goalkeeper. I thought we created as a team and he showed his power and his uniqueness. I don’t think that’s a worry at all.
“I thought his second-half performance was one of a mature footballer. He held the ball up and we played around him. He is only 22. It shows we want to give young players big roles.”
‘As cruel as football can be’
“The feeling we share now is that this is as cruel as football can be,” said Martinez.
“I thought it was a terrific game but it took us 45 minutes to get into our rhythm, although then we showed a strong mentality to stay in the game and we created the best two chances.
“In the second half, I thought we built up incredible tempo and intensity to impose ourselves on the game but at the end the whole story becomes very heartbreaking.”