In one of his most surprising admissions, Claudio Ranieri has told that he has never watched images and videos of Leicester City’s title win or party.
The Italian was the man behind arguably the greatest title triumph in English Football’s rich history. He led Leicester City to the 2015/16 Premier League win in his first season at the King Power Stadium before being sacked months later.
Now plying his trade at FC Nantes, Claudio Ranieri has claimed that he has never watched any video or the photos from Leicester’s title party, also dubbed the Vardy Party.
Speaking to French Magazine L’Equipe, he said:
"“I realise it because I am recognised a lot more – people everywhere from Japan to New Zealand have congratulated me.“It really pleases me. But me, I don’t think about it. I have never watched images of the title win or the party.”"
The 65-year old was also asked about his infamous sacking just months after he led the Foxes to a title win. The media suggested that it was the players who were behind his undoing, but for Claudio Ranieiri, only and only the results were the cause.
"“No, by results. I don’t believe this story. And even if it were true, it would not be my problem, it would be the player’s problem. If they did that, and I don’t believe it, it is a problem for them, because me, when I had a problem with a coach, I would go and speak to his face. At Leicester, no-one ever came to tell me anything.”"
Following his Leicester City stint, the Italian had a few offers from other English clubs, but he chose to take a break from England and assess his options elsewhere. Eventually, he decided to head back to France, having managed AS Monaco there before.
"“For me, it important to have a job.I have offers from England but I chose to come to France. I think that after Leicester, the best thing was to make a break from the Premier League and change country.“The big clubs did not change coach, everyone stayed. It is not as if there were four changes and I was left out.”"
After losing his first two games at Nantes, it has been plain sailing at the club for Ranieri. Now fourth in the Ligue 1, the Les Canaris have gone six games unbeaten, thanks largely to the defensive organisation that Ranieri has brought with him.
"“The president hired an Italian – he knew what to expect!””I am joking. I try to make do with the players I have. At Monaco, we attacked, we scored lots of goals, because I had that type of player. Here, I have other players so I do what is right for the team.“I always say: ‘First of all, let’s close the front door. If you do not close the door, burglars will come in and steal everything. Once it is shut, you can decorate and organise as you wish’.”"
Although it’s very unlikely that Claudio Ranieri will repeat his Leicester City heroics, you never know what may happen if FC Nantes continue to play the way they are currently, especially at the back, conceding just once in six games.