After over 20 years chasing titles, Claudio Ranieri finally got his after Leicester City beat down Everton in a 3-1 win at King Power Stadium. The emotions were running so high even hours after the trophy was awarded that Ranieri didn’t mind taking an early evening champagne bath, courtesy of his delighted players.
The Leicester City manager praised all of the participants of the day, including legendary opera singer Andrea Bocelli, who sang for the crowd in a Leicester City jersey prior to the match as Ranieri stood besides him.
“It felt good,” Ranieri said. “It was amazing. I tried to be strong without emotion, so I live better the moment.
“It was amazing when the maestro Andrea Bocelli sung ‘Nessun Dorma’…”
Then goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and defender Christian Fuchs burst into the room with the Premier League trophy and champagne in hand.
As the press looked on and giggled, Schmeichel placed the trophy on the desk beside Ranieri while Fuchs snuck up behind Ranieri and started spraying his manager him with champagne, dousing the Italian boss on the head with the celebratory drink.
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Ranieri, in a fit of laughter and faux-rage, shouted “Tomorrow, training session! Bad lads!”
It’s a good thing Ranieri knows how to take a joke – who knows what kind of punishments Jose Mourinho or Arsene Wenger would have had in mind…?
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