Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri has stated that there is no bad blood between him and Jose Mourinho and that their former feud is ‘pre-historic’
The Leicester City manager has had many a verbal clash with Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho during their rivalry in Serie A as Ranieri managed Roma and Mourinho managed Inter.
During Mourinho’s very successful time at Inter Milan he called Ranieri a ‘loser that has failed to grasp the English language’.
This wasn’t a one-way street however and Ranieri struck back criticising Jose’s tactics and style of play.
When questioned on their former rivalry, Ranieri stated that he would ‘share a glass of wine’ should Mourinho invite to following tomorrow’s clash.
Speaking to the media, the charismatic Italian said:
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"“It is fantastic, it is very good, no problems. Why? It’s prehistoric, not now.”"
"“Do you remember in the summer when we had Soccer Aid? I managed the Rest of the World team against Jose’s England side.”"
"“It was a long time ago, I’m okay. Pressure, it’s the same for me, all managers have a lot of jobs to do. It’s normal, he’s a great manager and a fantastic person. Maybe he has to offer me a good red wine.”"
"“I love red wine and, if he offers, I will go and drink it with him.”"
Claudio’s Leicester City team will travel to Old Trafford this weekend to face Jose’s Manchester United.
The last time the two managers clashed was during Leicester City’s 2 – 1 victory over Chelsea during their title winning campaign.
This proved to be the last straw for the Chelsea board and following the defeat, elected to relieve Jose of his duties as manager.
Jose is yet again under pressure as a fixture against the foxes looms.
United had a good start to the season however their derby clash with Manchester City ended in misery for the red half of Manchester.
The 2 – 1 defeat was soon followed by three consecutive losses before narrowly scraping past Northampton in a 3 – 1 scoreline that flattered the traveling United side.
As the pressure piles on to Manchester United this Saturday, all eyes will be on the trophy holders to see if they can add to it.