Current English champion Claudio Ranieri will be back tomorrow to Stamford Bridge with Leicester City, in the stadium where he started his Premier League adventure sixteen years ago and where he stayed four years, until José Mourinho came in his first spell in 2004.
The Italian manager admitted that it will be an emotional return for him:
“I don’t know how I will feel. I saw some of the Chelsea supporters with placards saying ‘Do it for Claudio’ and I would like to thank them all personally for that.
“I have been back to Stamford Bridge with Juventus in the Champions League, but this will be different.
“When I left Chelsea the players gave me a guard of honour. It was one of the greatest moments of my sporting life.
Speaking about his incredible triumph with the Foxes he said:
“It’s impossible for me to reflect on everything right now because it’s too fresh. I need time to put it all into perspective.
“But it just shows that if you believe in yourself, then sooner or later it will come to you.”
“It hasn’t changed my mind about me but maybe it has changed other people’s.
“I knew very well what I had achieved but it’s not important for me to be given credit or not.”
Ranieri also said that he is sorry John Terry is suspended, because he would have loved to see him on the pitch:
“That’s sad because he is like a son to me,” he said.
“I wanted him to be out there on the pitch.”