‘I want lunch with my mum so may miss title victory’
Lunch with his 96-year-old mother Renata will take precedence for Claudio Ranieri over watching Tottenham Hotspur’s match away to his former club Chelsea today.
The Leicester City manager revealed that he would be flying back from Rome during the game at Stamford Bridge.
“I go back to Italy and I come back at the same time of the match,” he said after Leicester’s draw away to Manchester United and with Spurs having to win to keep the title race alive.
“I will be the last man to know the result. I want to see my mother, she’s 96 years old, and I would like to have lunch with her.” The lunch is a long-standing arrangement.
Ranieri said it was “not important when” Leicester won the title when asked whether he would prefer it to be sealed after next Saturday’s home game against Everton.
“I put it in my mind that Tottenham will win all three matches,” he said before acknowledging that Chelsea would be motivated to beat Spurs, as their players have already declared. “I was Chelsea manager and for us when I was at Chelsea the true derby was against Tottenham,” Ranieri said.
He added that it was “psychologically” a significant result for his team not to lose away to United and insisted that they would remain calm. “I wasn’t worried because we have very good heart and I knew we would react,” Ranieri added. “I am so happy because we drew against a fantastic Manchester United. At the beginning it was amazing. We suffer a lot because they press so high. Without [Jamie] Vardy it was difficult for us to stretch the defensive line. After the goal we keep calm and we score a goal. After that we got a lot of confidence and we played better.”
He said he did not know whether his players would watch the Spurs match. “All the city [Leicester] is blue but we have to stay concentrated without thinking of fireworks,” the Italian said.
Family man: Claudio Ranieri is flying to Italy for a lunch date with his mother