Leicester City are currently in great form in Europe and are sitting at the top of Group G on 6 points but who does Ranieri think will win the competition?
Leicester City have had a brilliant start to European football, beating Club Brugge 4 – 0 and group favourites Porto 1 – 0 in their opening two games.
They currently sit at the top of Group G, 2 points ahead of their next opponent Copenhagen, who they will play on the 18th of October.
The foxes’ charismatic manager Claudio Ranieri is downplaying Leicester’s chances of success once again and he believes that Juventus will win the Champions League.
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Ranieri once more is focusing on the competition game by game, not letting the previous successes blind him or the team.
It was this tactic that saw Leicester defy 5000-1 odds to win the Premier League last season.
Claudio spoke as he was accepting the ‘Mecenate dello Sport’ award in Rome.
Mecenate dello Sport’ translates to ‘Patron of Sport’ and is given out in honour of AC Milan’s legend Nils Liedholm who played over 350 for the historic side but sadly passed away in 2007 aged 85.
When presented by a students idea on how Leicester City could win the Champions League, Ranieri responded with:
"“Let’s keep our feet on the ground,”"
"“Let’s first try to beat Copenhagen, and that is not going to be easy. I think Juventus are better than us and I really hope that they crown their dream of winning the Champions League because they have a super squad.”"
It was an emotional time for Claudio Ranieri, who was coached by Nils Liedholm during his time at Roma as a player.
"“He was my coach at Roma for eight months and that was enough for me to appreciate his elegance and his style,”"
"“Nowadays, with this sport entering into everybody’s homes, we would need somebody like him to make people understand that football is also a game. So I am proud and honoured to receive this award, which remembers a great coach and a great man.”"