Emery is wary of Ranieri the mir­a­cle worker

Sport360 - - La Liga | Bundesliga - By Staff Re­porter @Sport360 ed­i­to­rial@sport360.com

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.

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