Tuesday 27 September 2016

Ranieri claims Leicester can move on to bigger triumphs

Miguel Delaney

Published 08/05/2016 | 02:30

Leicester City celebrate with the trophy after winning the Barclays Premier League. Photo: John Clifton/Reuters
Leicester City celebrate with the trophy after winning the Barclays Premier League. Photo: John Clifton/Reuters

Claudio Ranieri feels that Leicester City can do something even bigger next season, because of the belief fired by winning the most improbable English title in history.

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The long-time leaders finally got to lift the Premier League trophy, after easily beating Everton 3-1 at a raucous King Power Stadium. Singer Andrea Bocelli, a long-time friend of Ranieri, even sang 'Nessun Dorma' and 'Time To Say Goodbye' before the game, setting a crackling atmosphere.

The Italian manager, however, feels the side can go on to even bigger feats because of the mental barriers broken.

"I think these players can do something more," Ranieri said. "Because now they believe everything is possible. Until some months ago they maybe thought 'oh, these big teams are difficult to beat, they are better than me' but now they say 'you have to show me you are better than me'."

Leicester's manager later revealed that he always thought he would win a league title, but maybe not this one.

"I thought sooner or later, I will win a league title. Of course at the beginning, never did I think that we would reach this place. But slowly, I thought why not? This is a crazy season and we had fantastic consistency.

"I think when we win at Manchester City but also when we lose 2-1 at Arsenal, I told my assistant, 'If Arsenal suffer so much, 11 against 10 then we can do something," he added.

Leicester cruised past Everton on the day, with Jamie Vardy scoring twice, either side of a goal by Andy King. Vardy's second was from the spot, and he then missed a penalty to complete his hat-trick before Kevin Mirallas hit back late on.

Ranieri jointly lifted the trophy with captain Wes Morgan and, while the Italian kept it together and did not cry, his captain could not do the same.

"It's an unbelievable feeling to finally get my hands on the trophy," Morgan said. "Walking up to that podium I got emotional and had to hold back the tears and I got my hands on it and lifted it up. It's the best feeling in the world.

"Everyone's been going on about how I'm going to lift it. Is it heavy? Don't drop it. They put a bit of pressure on me but there's no better feeling than knowing you're champions of England. Lifting it, wow, it's something you remember for the rest of your life. Hopefully we can crack on and it's a big season next season. We'll just enjoy the moment for now."

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