When Leicester appointed Claudio Ranieri as their new manager, a few eyebrows were raised, including those of Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker who called the choice ‘uninspiring’.
Four months later, and we can guarantee the former Leicester striker will be eating his words as his beloved Foxes sit top of the Premier League with 28 points after 13 games having scored the most goals in the Premier League.
The Italian’s attacking brand of football has managed to get the best out of players such as Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, who have been revelations in the Premier League this season.
Following the end of Gameweek 13, Corriere dello Sport decided to have a chat with the former Italy manager and asked him what it felt like to be top of the table.
He said: “It’s a great sensation, but I’m looking at it serenely, as Leicester was made for different purposes, not to win the Premier League.”
With his next game in the league at home against Manchester United, Ranieri commented on the two Manchester clubs, who sit below his Leicester side in the Premier League table.
He added: “They are both stronger the us. United are less flashy but more solid than City, they are extraordinarily compact. But Pellegrini has fantastic players.”
Despite sitting top of the league, Ranieri is clearly sceptical about his side’s chances of remaining there as their run of games over the coming weeks (United at home, Swansea away, Chelsea at home, Everton and Liverpool away) will prove very difficult.
He explained: “We’re entering a run of games that will show exactly how good our squad is. I’m interested to see how the team will react at the first few losses, because they will come.
“Certainly, our reaction in games is good, given how many times we have come back from behind in the Premier League (six times this season), we aren’t in bad shape.”
He continued: “We have two strong characteristics: the spirit of our squad and our speed of execution. Vardy and Mahrez are the best pieces, but they play so well because they have a real team behind them.”
Encouraging words for Leicester City fans, who will be hoping their team don’t drop too far down the table during their gruelling run of upcoming games.