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boss Claudio Ranieri has revealed that chairman Vichai
Srivaddhanaprabha has set a target of 40 points for the club this season
as they seek to retain their Premier League status.
The English champions are currently in 15th place with 21 points, just five clear of the relegation places.
The current campaign is far removed from their heroics of last term
where they led the standings for much of the season before being crowned
league winners with 81 points. At this stage of last season, the Foxes
already had 44 points.
Ahead of his side's FA Cup clash with Derby on Friday, Ranieri said:
"My chairman said 40 points, 40 points please, then after if something
happens it's okay - but 40 points."
He added: "Of course he is not happy, it is normal, he is the
chairman. But he knows very well my ambition, maybe more than him. For
me every match is important."
While Premier League survival is a priority for the Foxes, they will
retain one eye on their Champions League campaign having fared far
better in Europe than on the domestic stage.
They take on Sevilla in the last 16 of the Champions League next month.
And with everything his players have achieved over the past few
years, Ranieri has taken a pragmatic approach to where they find
He concluded: "If you think what these guys have done in the last
three years it is amazing. They won the title in the Championship, they
fight a lot to avoid relegation and then won the (Premier League) title.
The three years has been very busy in the mind."