Ranieri says everybody now wants to beat Leicester

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Ranieri says teams are now more determined to beat Leicester

Ranieri says everybody now wants to beat Leicester

SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (SEPTEMBER 21, 2016) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

1. ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE TROPHY

2. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CLAUDIO RANIERI, LEICESTER CITY MANAGER, SAYING:

“The big change now is that everybody is now waiting for us. We are the champions and of course everybody wants to beat us and everybody are more concentrated, but it’s okay.”

3. WHITE FLASH

4. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CLAUDIO RANIERI, LEICESTER CITY MANAGER, SAYING:

“No we are motivated of course. We are the champions, we know where we go everybody wants to see us, wants to watch us, and for us it’s important to show our spirit, the Leicester spirit.”

5. WHITE FLASH

6. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CLAUDIO RANIERI, LEICESTER CITY MANAGER, SAYING:

“I don’t know this but we try to defend out title of course. I think in the whole of the Premier League just three teams win twice or three times in a row. We know that, we want to fight, want to show our best. But it’s important now, we have a very good platform and we have to grow up together, with the experienced players but also with the young players.”

7. MORE OF PREMIER LEAGUE TROPHY

STORY: Premier League champions Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri said on Wednesday (September 21) that the big difference he has noticed between this season and last is that teams are more determined to beat them.

Last season’s rank outsiders Leicester shocked the soccer world by winning the Premier League title in May but Ranieri, speaking at a promotional event in London, says it will be even harder to retain the trophy as teams are more prepared for them this term.

“The big change now is that everybody is now waiting for us. We are the champions and of course everybody wants to beat us and everybody are more concentrated, but it’s okay,” the Italian said.

“We are motivated of course. We are the champions, we know where we go everybody wants to see us, wants to watch us, and for us it’s important to show our spirit, the Leicester spirit.”

Ranieri is aware of the size of the task that faces Leicester in their bid to retain the trophy, since the formation of the Premier League in 1992 only Manchester United and Chelsea have managed to do so.

“We try to defend out title of course. I think in the whole of the Premier League just three teams win twice or three times in a row. We know that, we want to fight, want to show our best. But it’s important now, we have a very good platform and we have to grow up together, with the experienced players but also with the young players,” he said.

Leicester are 11th in the table with seven points from five games, eight behind leaders Manchester City, and face a trip to Old Trafford on Saturday to face Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United.

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