Claudio Ranieri says the success “little” Leicester City have achieved this season is not normal with his team second in the Premier League.
‘Little’ Leicester are not normal, says Ranieri
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1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LEICESTER CITY MANAGER, CLAUDIO RANIERI, SAYING:
“No, that is normal. If the ‘little’ Leicester is looked down, it’s normal. What is not normal, what Leicester is doing. That is unbelievable and maybe sooner or later Leicester is looked down but this is normal. But since now, it’s fantastic and our fans are dreaming, OK. They must continue to dream, we must continue to work hard. That is a good balance.”
2. WHITE FLASH
3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LEICESTER CITY MANAGER, CLAUDIO RANIERI, SAYING:
REPORTER, SAYING: “You’re level on points with Arsenal again at the top od the Premier League.”
“Yes, but it’s January, it’s a pity it’s not May.”
REPORTER, SAYING: “We said that in December, we said that at Christmas, we said it in November and we sadist’s getting later and later in the season and you’re still challenging at the top.
“And I hope to tell you the same next month.”
4. WHITE FLASH
5. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LEICESTER CITY MANAGER, CLAUDIO RANIERI, SAYING:
“It’s difficult, it’s difficult. I can’t believe, I believe now in the next match. I know very well it’s another tough match, maybe tougher than the Tottenham because Aston Villa is a good team. I remember the first leg, it was difficult to beat them and now they won last match and they are confident and that is important for our mentality, I want to see our mentality. OK, we won against Tottenham, fantastic because it’s not easy to go to Tottenham and win the match but now it’s important how we change the mind, how we are ready to fight again.”
STORY: The success “little” Leicester City have achieved this season is not normal, manager Claudio Ranieri said on Thursday (January 14) as his side sit second in the Premier League after 21 games, behind leaders Arsenal only on goal difference.
Unlikely title challengers Leicester were rock bottom for most of last season but pulled off a great escape to stay up after winning seven of their last nine matches and finish 14th.
Ranieri, who took over from Nigel Pearson at Leicester during the close season, has urged the club’s supporters to continue to dream.
“If the ‘little’ Leicester is looked down, it’s normal. It’s not normal what Leicester are doing. It’s unbelievable. It’s fantastic and our fans are dreaming,” Ranieri told reporters.
“The fans must continue to dream, we must continue to work hard. That is a good balance.”
After Wednesday’s (January 13) impressive 1-0 league victory at Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester are now eight points clear of fifth place and a real challenge for a Champions League place and the title is a possibility but Ranieri was remaining cautious.
“It’s January, it’s a pity it’s not May,” Ranieri said. “I hope to tell you the same next month (that Leicester are still second in the table).”
Ranieri also called on his team not to lose focus when they travel to take on bottom side Aston Villa on Saturday (January 16).
“I believe only in the next match. I know the next match may be tougher than Tottenham. Aston Villa are a good team. They won their last match so now I want to see our mentality,” the 64-year-old Italian said.
“Okay, we went to Tottenham and won, which is not easy but now it’s important how we change our mindset and get ready to fight again.”