The Leicester City manager admits he has not always been a favourite of the press throughout his career but is glad to be attracting some positive attention this season
Claudio Ranieri is pleased to see his reputation has been boosted across the world byLeicester City’s exploits this season, but pointed out that he has often been treated poorly by the media.
The Foxes maintained their seven point lead at the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Sunderland last week as they edge ever closer to the title, prompting La Gazzetta dello Sport and Corriere dello Sport to dedicate their front pages to Ranieri and his side.
Guiding his team to unexpected glory this term would be the first major prize of Ranieri’s coaching career, despite the 64-year-old having had spells in charge of several teams, including Chelsea, Valencia, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Roma, Inter and Monaco over the last 30 years.
The Italian was heavily criticised after a disastrous reign at the helm of Greece, which ended after an infamous home defeat to Faroe Islands, which saw him plastered across his native country’s media in a less positive light.
“It is good,”Ranieri said of the media attention he has received lately.”But a lot of times I have been on the front of Italian newspapers and also on the front of the Greek newspapers.
“I am the same manager as I was then.
“In Greece I worked with the players only 15 times in four months; that means three days before every match, without a friendly match, without anything.
“What can I do? I am not a magician. I am a hard worker.”
Ranieri’s men are in need of just three wins to lift the Premier League title this term and take on West Ham at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.