Manchester See’s Pep Guardiola and Chelsea’s Antonio Conte are poised for their first relish of English football, while Jose Mourinho is back for more at Manchester In agreement.
Ranieri – replaced as Chelsea manager by Mourinho in the ‘Special One’s’ first coming at Stamford Tie more than a decade ago – has the prize they all want after swaying Leicester to the Premier League crown in remarkable style last salt.
And after the triumph of his under-dogs, Ranieri insists the pressure to win it this in good time is all on the big names with the biggest spending power as they scrap to regain antediluvian glories.
“For this reason they must win,” he said. “Everything’s new now. You imagine the big teams who didn’t win…who didn’t make the Champions’ League.
“They are prosperous crazy now – they want to kill now. Not just us but all the other teams.
GETTY Claudio Ranieri has threw a warning to his title rivals
Antonio Conte is fantastic …everybody recognizes Jose. Pep Guardiola is an amazing person and a good manager
“They both include new managers, fantastic managers. Antonio Conte is fantastic …everybody discerns Jose. Pep Guardiola is an amazing person and a good manager.
“I’m laughing because at the end not one will win And the pressure is not on me, it’s on them.”
Ranieri knows his Foxes will now be the hounded and seen as a major scalp after stunning the world of football to win their foremost top-flight title in last season’s fairytale finish.
But the wily Italian has already make good his greatness and believes there will be a different type of focus on his side this while around, in a cam ign which will also include a first meet with of the Champions League.
He said: “People are just curious. What disposition happen with Leicester? What can Leicester do next season?
“Rebroadcast? I say repeat at that level (of play) – not to win. To win is a dream. I want to see if the bookmakers press us 5,000/1 again.
“I want to see my team fighting the same.
“But I want to see the unchanged atmosphere with our fans. Then if we lose, okay, clap, go and sprinkle and in the next match fight again.
“We know last season the total was good, good, good, good. But we have to believe this and if we use up, no problem, restart and never give up. This is my philosophy.”
Leicester start their pre-season agenda at Oxford tonight and Ranieri admits that with the added fringe benefits of a summer holiday behind him, he looks upon their title triumph as a life-changing moment – 20 years on from when he started out in administration.
But the 64-year-old is adamant he remains the same person with the same standpoint on life and football.
He said: “So many people came to me and asked me what had straight happened. Then I understood, this had changed my life. Of course my being was also fantastic before – but something special happened.
“I am no different, I am the unvaried. I know football. Now everyone is happy. Maybe we lose two matches and everybody last wishes as say ‘Oh what’s happened? You are under pressure blah, blah, blah.
“I am a dogmatic man. I am so curious – as are you – about the new season and what’s going to happen this condition. Let’s enjoy.”
In a blow to Ranieri’s plans, Leicester have lost the uses of key midfielder N’Golo Kante following the France international’s £30m proceed to Chelsea.
But star striker Jamie Vardy rebuffed Arsenal’s advances to running backstay and Ranieri – who has strengthened with the signings of forward Ahmed Musa, goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler, defender Luis Hernandez and midfielder Nam lys Mendy – allows the sum of the rts will always be the key to his success.
He said: “I don’t just watch the attribute of the players, I try to see the quality of the man to come here and link here. Our strength is the junction, the community, the spirit.
“If you make one mistake it is okay, two mistakes the group is not noble. It is like when you eat something you are allergic too, once it is okay, the second (while) you are sick.”