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.”
With England manager Roy Hodgson looking on, his international captain Wayne Rooney showed his class – and perhaps the future – in a deep-lying role behind United’s attack.
In the opening half especially, afforded time and space by a timid Everton, Rooney not only showed his full range of passes to create chances and dictate the game, he even showed the energy to get back and clear Lukaku’s early goalbound effort off the line.
Rooney’s place in England’s attack has come under increasing scrutiny with the emergence of Tottenham’s Harry Kane and Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy as potential rivals, but this was the sort of performance that might just give Hodgson food for thought as he makes his plans for Euro 2016.
Lukaku’s Wembley nightmare
Romelu Lukaku was responsible for bringing Everton to this semi-final with two goals and a powerhouse performance against Chelsea in the quarter-final – but he had a game to forget here.
He had two good chances in the first half but twice his touch was heavy and let him down, then when his big chance came from the penalty spot he was thwarted by an admittedly brilliant save from De Gea.
Lukaku simply could not find the magic touch and his face was a mask of bitter disappointment at the final whistle.
He has made regular noises about possibly leaving Everton in the summer – he will not do so with a trophy to his name after a performance that came up short.
Van Gaal trophy hopes live on
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been surrounded by constant speculation about his Old Trafford future – but the dramatic conclusion here at Wembley means he still retains the hope of winning a trophy at every club he has coached or managed.
This was a two-faced United performance, excellent in the first half but ragged for much of the second and yet, as they have done through much of this FA Cup campaign, Van Gaal’s team got the job done and are through to their first FA Cup Final since 2007.
Whether he survives as United manager or not, he has the chance to make sure United have silverware to remember him by. He will lead United out as favourites in the final.
What now for Martinez?
Martinez heard his players roundly jeered by thousands of Everton fans at they left the pitch after a dreadful first-half performance, but they were a team transformed after half-time and deserved to take this semi-final into extra time.
After the debacle of the 4-0 loss to Liverpool in the Merseyside derby, Everton at least regained some pride and credibility in a second half in which they turned the tide of this semi-final.
The bottom line, however, is that Everton once again conceded a last-minute goal – almost a trademark this season – and in a week that Martinez himself admitted was “defining”, he has ended up a loser to both Liverpool and Manchester United.
With Everton’s new major shareholder, Iranian billionaire Farhad Moshiri, watching from Wembley’s directors’ box, Martinez will at least have a hard-luck story to tell. Whether it saves his job is another matter altogether.
Man of the match – Wayne Rooney
The stats you need to know
Marouane Fellaini has scored two goals in five FA Cup appearances this season – double his league tally (1 in 17 apps).
Four of Anthony Martial’s seven assists for Manchester United this season have come in the FA Cup.
Romelu Lukaku has missed his last two penalties for Everton after scoring his previous five for the club (all competitions).
Chris Smalling scored his first own-goal since April 2010 (all comps), when he did so against Everton while playing for Fulham.
Martial scored and assisted in the same game for the third time this season.
Martial has been involved in 21 goals for United this season, registering 14 goals and seven assists in all competitions.
United have progressed to their first FA Cup Final since 2007.
Everton have been eliminated in their last two FA Cup semi-final appearances, also losing in 2012 to Liverpool.
This is the first time in three FA Cup semi-final meetings between the sides that United have been victorious, having been knocked out by the Toffees in 1966 and 2009.