When Claudio Ranieri became the new manager of Leicester City last summer, many groaned at the appointment of the former Chelsea gaffer, who had just recently endured an incredibly horrible tenure with the Greek national team, losing to lowly Faroe Islands in his last game.
Foxes legend, and Match of the Day host, Gary Lineker went on Twitter to state his dissatisfaction, and bookies all over the betting world put the lovable Italian as one of the first managers to be sacked in the 2015/16 campaign.
But despite his tag given by Jose Mourinho of not being a winner, the ‘Tinkerman’ (now ‘Thinkerman’) has somehow guided a team with odds of 5000-1 of winning the Premier League to, well, winning the Premier League.
And during that period, Ranieri handled the media with total class, never blaming the referees or his opponents, while focusing on making his players try their very best, game after game.
Here are TEN moments that summed up Claudio Ranieri’s incredible season at Leicester City.
After the sacking of Nigel Pearson, Claudio Ranieri was named as the new manager of Leicester City, to the bewilderment of fans and critics.
The Foxes make their first signing of the summer in N’Golo Kante, who went on to become undoubtedly the best defensive midfielder in the English Premier League this term.
Claudio Ranieri leads his men to the first victory of the season in their first game, beating Sunderland 4-2 at the King Power Stadium.
Jamie Vardy was caught on CCTV racially abusing a member of the public during the summer, but Ranieri handled the media well, something everybody in football has now become accustomed to.
Leicester were already drifting in and around the top of the table at this time, but Arsenal came to the King Power and demolished them 5-2. However, Ranieri continued to be defiant, urging his players to now focus on their next game.
Ranieri claimed on September 17 that if his side manage to keep a clean sheet, he will treat everyone in the team pizzas. And when the Foxes did get their first shut-out of the campaign against Crystal Palace in a 1-0 win, he obliged.
Leicester were top of the table at Christmas, but despite their success, Ranieri continued to be adamant that his goal is to get the required 40 points and stay in the division.
Leicester were seconds away from clinching a vital draw against Arsenal, but Danny Welbeck scored a header to gift the win to the Gunners. Ranieri was however so proud of his players’ performance, he gave them a holiday.
Claudio Ranieri was seen in tears after his side secured Champions League qualification following a 2-0 away win over Sunderland.
Ranieri lifts his first ever top flight league trophy, which came at the most unforeseeable circumstance.