We play every match with 12 men, not 11 on the pitch: Claudio Ranieri
Leicester City head coach Claudio Ranieri on Saturday Ranieri explained the vital role the club’s supporters played in one of the most unlikely title victories in footballing history.
“I don’t have words to say thank you. They support us. Now it’s easy now we’re champions. There were behind us at the beginning, when we suffered a lot. When we were 2-0 down they pushed and pushed,” Ranieri was quoted as saying by goal.com ahead of his return to Stamford Bridge against Chelsea in Sunday’s final league match.
“At home and away, we always felt their support. I think if this dream was real, it’s because the fans push and play with us. We play every match with 12 men, not 11 on the pitch.”
The Foxes’ coach said guiding the football club to English Premier League (EPL) triumph has changed how people thought about him.
“Now I won the Premier League and maybe everybody looks positively at what I did,” he said.
“It changed not my mind, but maybe the other minds have changed. I was so happy also before because I know very well how I worked and how I achieved.”
The Italian tactician said he loves his job and believes he did the right thing by grabbing the coaching opportunity at Leicester.
“It’s not important to have credit or no credit. I love my job. For me it was so important to take another team — show my passion on the team. Life is full of opportunity, it’s important to take the right opportunity,” he said.
The 64-year-old Italian also said he wants his outfit to play like champions against Chelsea.
““Now we are champions, we have to play like champions. On Sunday, I don’t want the result, I want to see my players show the same attitude and I am happy,” Ranieri said.