Ranieri: Le­ices­ter City now fo­cused on sur­vival

The African - - POT POURRI -

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.

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