Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has taken a dig at his former club Chelsea by claiming that their club’s title defence will not implode in the same way as Chelsea’s last season.
Despite finishing as champions in the 2014-15 campaign, the blues were reduced to a lowly 10th place in one of their worst seasons in recent memory. It has created a new record for the worst defence of a league title. It has been suggested that Leicester City may break this record, as some bookmakers still favour them as favourites for relegation.
Even though they won the title in incredible circumstances last season, it was seen as opportunity taken since there was no real competition from the top clubs like Chelsea and Manchester City. Leicester were out on their own throughout the campaign and it was only in the final few weeks of the campaign that they were taken seriously. As a result, they experienced little pressure throughout the campaign. The summer has turned out as expected with the club losing a number of their key players like N’Golo Kanté. Jamie Vardy did sign a new contract to show his commitment, but last year’s PFA Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez continues to be linked with a move elsewhere.
Despite the tough scenario, Ranieri is confident that Leicester will put up a good defence.”When I build something, it is never destroyed.My philosophy is to watch your house, not other houses. It’s important what happens here. My house is very clean and very clear.Slowly, we try to build the first floor and the second floor. The foundation is very solid.I don’t know what happened (to Chelsea). They were the champions. I am very curious what we can do now. Last season we made something which is hard to repeat but I want the maximum,” said Ranieri.