Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri says the “tinkerman” will never change as his players close in on history by winning the English Premier League.
Leicester have once in a lifetime chance to win title, says Ranieri
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LEICESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (APRIL 29, 2016) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)
1. VARIOUS OF LEICESTER CITY MANAGER CLAUDIO RANIERI GREETING MEMBERS OF MEDIA BEFORE HIS NEWS CONFERENCE
2. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LEICESTER CITY MANAGER, CLAUDIO RANIERI, SAYING:
“Now is the real chance to win the title. Next season never knows what happens. Once in the life.”
REPORTER, SAYING: “You never know it could happen again.”
“Yes we know but I am waiting next season, Man United top, Chelsea at the top, Liverpool at the top, (Man) City at the top, Arsenal at the top and we are fighting.”
3. WHITE FLASH
4. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LEICESTER CITY MANAGER, CLAUDIO RANIERI, SAYING:
“It’s not difficult to understand this. It’s easy to understand. For the first time in their life the people can win the title, the Premier League. It’s unbelievable. It’s history and we know this.”
REPORTER, SAYING: “The very best of luck on Sunday.”
“Thank you, we need it.”
STORY: With Leicester City just a victory away from their first every English league title, boss Claudio Ranieri has encouraged his players to grasp this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Leicester know a victory over Manchester United on Sunday (May 1) will secure a remarkable Premier League title, following an extraordinary season that saw the 5,000-1 longshots shock English soccer to sit at the top of the table with three games remaining.
The Italian, speaking to reporters on Friday (April 29), said he expected the traditional challengers for the title to return stronger next season, meaning this could be the Foxes’ only realistic chance at glory.
“Now is the real chance to win the title. Next season never knows what happens. Once in the life,” said Ranieri.
Leicester, about 100 miles (160 km) north of London, has become a sea of blue and white, the team’s colours.
Bunting with the club crest flutters from poles in the main shopping thoroughfares and shop windows are adorned with huge Leicester flags and blue and white balloons.
Ranieri said now was the time for the fans to dream, but that the players must remain focused on the task at hand.
“For the first time in their life the people can win the title, the Premier League. It’s unbelievable. It’s history and we know this,” sad Ranieri.