English Premiership

Ranieri wants five more years

2016-10-21 21:00
Claudio Ranieri (Getty)

Claudio Ranieri, the manager who led Leicester City to their stunning Premier League title triumph last season, celebrated his 65th birthday on Thursday and told reporters that he was good for another five years at least.

"I'm an old man but I continue," he said at a news conference ahead of Saturday's game at home to Crystal Palace.

"I feel good. For me my job is my life, I want to carry on.

"When I started at 35 I said, 'okay at 50 I finish'. When I arrive at 50 I said, 'why now, 55?' Five by five, step by step, 65, 70."

Returning to English football in 2015, 11 years after being sacked by Chelsea, appeared to give the likeable Italian a new lease of life.

After turning Leicester into English champions for the first time in their history, his task now is to improve the form that has brought such a stuttering title defence.

Languishing in 13th place with two wins and eight goals from eight games, City have scored only one goal in their last three league matches and lost 3-0 at Chelsea last time out.

In the Champions League, however, they are well on the way to qualifying for the knockout stage after winning a third successive tie in midweek, against FC Copenhagen.

"We made a very good match on Tuesday, but now we think of Crystal Palace," Ranieri said.

"They are strong and tall, similar to Copenhagen.

"Palace are strong at the back and then they have good players at the front. A good team and well organised. We must be clever."

Captain Wes Morgan, England striker Jamie Vardy and Welsh midfielder Andy King did not train on Thursday but are all expected to be fit for Saturday.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Sunday, 23 September 2018
West Ham United v Chelsea, London Stadium 14:30
Arsenal v Everton, Emirates Stadium 17:00
Saturday, 29 September 2018
West Ham United v Manchester United, London Stadium 13:30
Arsenal v Watford, Emirates Stadium 16:00
Manchester City v Brighton & Hove Albion, Etihad Stadium 16:00
Everton v Fulham, Goodison Park 16:00
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Southampton, Molineux Stadium 16:00
Newcastle United v Leicester City, St. James' Park 16:00
Huddersfield Town v Tottenham Hotspur, The John Smith's Stadium 16:00
Chelsea v Liverpool, Stamford Bridge 18:30
Sunday, 30 September 2018
Cardiff City v Burnley, Cardiff City Stadium 17:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2018/19 season?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.