Emery is wary of Ranieri the miracle worker
Claudio Ranieri masterminded one of football’s greatest shocks at Leicester and Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery is determined to fend off the threat of another upset today.
Emery takes his team – who will be without Brazil superstar Neymar because of a rib injury, but Urugguay striker Edinson Cavani is back after a late return from holiday – west to Brittany to tackle Ranieri’s Nantes, as both teams return to Ligue 1 action after French football’s winter break. Post-Christmas cup games have warmed up each side for the league’s resumption, with PSG sitting top of the table and Nantes fifth.
Ranieri’s Premier League title triumph with Leicester in 2015/16 remains one of sport’s modern marvels, as he transformed a side expected to toil away in the lower reaches of the table into championship winners.
It will take a monumental effort for Nantes at the Stade de la Beaujoire to end their visitors’ six-game winning run, but Emery knows wily Ranieri is not to be underestimated.
Emery said: “Ranieri is a reference for all coaches. He has a lot of experience and has coached a lot of great clubs.
“He achieved incredible results with Leicester. It’s a great honour for Ligue 1 to have Ranieri at Nantes.”
Meanwhile yesterday, Florian Thauvin missed a penalty, scored a header, set up a goal and hit the crossbar from 50 yards as Marseille won 3-0 at Rennes.
L’OM’s other goals were scored by Valere Germain and Morgan Sanson.
Big respect: Claudio Ranieri.