Ranieri: Leicester City now focused on survival
PREMIER League survival will be current champions Leicester City’s top priority next season, Claudio Ranieri has surprisingly suggested.
The 64-year-old Italian, who led his team of previously unheralded players to unprecedented title success this season, was invited to coach an All Stars XI as part of a pre-Grand Prix fundraiser in the French principality.
Addressing reporters after the event the former Serie A coach admitted that his charges will have a hard task replicating their achievement next campaign, with Premier League survival the initial priority.
“In the Champions League we will fight but we are outsiders. In the league, our plans do not change. Sure, we won and we want to defend our title, but these stories happen only once. For us it is very, very important to remain in the top tier,” Ranieri said.
“Next season will be fantastic. I want my players to continue to have the right attitude and then I will accept any result. To them I can only say thank you. In a month, something happened that changed my life.”
Unfortunately for Ranieri, unlike the Foxes, the Rome-born coach’s side of famous faces for the charity game – including Prince Albert of Monaco – slumped to a 3-1 defeat against a team containing F1 stars Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.