Tuesday 20 March 2018

Dilly ding! Claudio Ranieri tells Leicester it is time to wake up

Claudio Ranieri is not happy with the Leicester's position two points above the relegation zone
Claudio Ranieri is not happy with the Leicester's position two points above the relegation zone

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri admits he must sound his alarm bell again to wake the champions up from their Premier League slumber.

The Foxes boss knows they cannot afford to slip into relegation trouble just six months after winning the league.

Ranieri uses the phrase 'dilly ding, dilly dong' to keep his players focused in training and bought the Foxes squad small bells for Christmas last year during their shock title-winning campaign.

But now with the champions just two points above the bottom three ahead of Saturday's visit of Middlesbrough the Italian said he now needs a bigger bell - like the one at the Vatican - to help his side.

He said: "Sometimes I say 'dilly ding, dilly dong'. I have to get not a little bell, I have to ring a big bell - St Peter's bell I have to ring! Or Big Ben - we will all go to London!

"Look, I have to look at everything. Last season I always looked behind me and for this reason I always said '40 points, 40 points, 40 points' and I started this season saying '40 points'.

"A lot of people were laughing but I knew what could happen. It is normal what happened this year with Leicester. Now we have to react and focus on the Premier League."

Leicester host Middlesbrough before going to Sunderland and also face Bournemouth, Stoke and West Ham before the end of the year.

Manchester City visit the King Power next month and the Foxes host Everton on Boxing Day

Ranieri said, despite winning the title and guiding the club into the last 16 of the Champions League , he still feels the pressure.

" I am not happy because we aren't in the right position in the table," he said.

"But experience tells me if you continue to work hard sooner or later you will go. I wasn't under pressure for the Champions League. I am always under pressure for my job. I want everything perfect and I know perfection doesn't exist."

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