Leicester City should be 6000/1 for title claims Ranieri
Claudio Ranieri claims that ET more likely to be seen at Piccadilly Circus than Foxes retaining their title crown
August 12th, 2016
Leicester City begin their Premier League title defence on Saturday lunchtime with a trip to the KC Stadium and it’s no surprise to see Claudio Ranieri downplaying the Foxes’ title hopes.
City waltzed the Premier League against all the odds last term, claiming a ten-point victory and many expect them to be in the thick of things again, although Ranieri claims that the Midlands side will be nowhere near.
“I work to be safe,” the manager said. “I say to my fans: ‘We want to be safe, to build a team, anything more and that’s fantastic.’ It’s not normal that we can win the league. It’s more difficult than last season. It’s easier that ET comes to Piccadilly Circus.
“I think the bookies have to pay 6,000-1 now,” he said. “We are ready to defend our title but we know it is a different gap. The big teams will be back, I am sure. They can’t make the same mistake for another year. They lost one season in the life of a big team. There are five, six teams who can win it this year. It will be a good fight.”
Ranieri continues to battle to keep the services of Riyad Mahrez, with the Italian claiming that no offers have been lodged for the midfielder.
“Could you tell me who is interested in him?” he asked when the subject was raised. “No, not Arsenal. We’ve had no bids. I think it’s not a problem. It’s a process to improve his career. The Champions League is very different to the Premier League and he can improve with us. Riyad stays with us. Never never never has he come to me and said ‘I want to go’ because I’d kill him before he does.”