Sunday, 8 May 2016

Joyous Claudio Ranieri urges Leicester City fans to keep dreaming after being crowned Premier League champions at the King Power Stadium

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri told the Foxes fans to keep dreaming after being crowned champions.

The Italian lifted the Premier League trophy together with skipper Wes Morgan after yesterday’s 3-1 win over Everton.


Now Foxes supporters can look forward to Champions League football.

And Ranieri said: “The people are dreaming — keep dreaming!

“It is difficult for me to know what to say to our fans, these fantastic people.

“They were dreaming, I said dilly-ding dilly-dong, they woke up and the dream was reality. It’s been a crazy season and it’s fantastic the people have been unbelievable. Thank you to them, they pushed us all season.

“I was very, very, concentrated on being calm and I am very, very happy.

“It was an amazing moment for me, as I am not the youngest.

“To lift the trophy is something special — you are champion of the Premier League.

“That is something special for me because I won some cups in Spain and Italy but to be champion here is fantastic.”

Jamie Vardy scored twice and missed a spot-kick against Everton and Andy King also scored before Kevin Mirallas’ consolation.

But Ranieri, 64, insists he never thought he was too old to win the title.

He said: “My moment over? No, no, no — I start now! In my career I always thought sooner or later I will win a title.

“But at the beginning I never thought here would be the place, but why not?

“Big teams aren’t consistent this season but we have consistency.

“Now we are in the Champions League.

“We are the top side and can focus on the next season. The foundations are strong.”

Former non-league striker Vardy was unlucky not to get a hat-trick as Foxes fans danced in the May rain.

Vardy, who missed a penalty after scoring twice, said: “This week we’ve trained exactly the same as we have done for every other week.

“There’s not been any change — we had a little celebration on Monday and that was as far as it went. But today we’ll have a celebration when we lift the trophy in front of our fans.

“It’s been a very long and hard process to get where I am today, but I wouldn’t have been able to do it without friends,family and the team as well.”

As skipper Wes Morgan lifted the trophy, chants of 'We're coming for you, we're coming for you, Barcelona, we're coming for you' echoed around the ground.

And winning manager Claudio Ranieri — who joined the club to ridicule at the end of last season — lifted the cup to huge roars.

He beamed: "Thank you to the fans, they push behind us all the season.

"I am calm, but inside me I'm very very happy.

"It was an amazing moment for me, I'm not the youngest. To be champion of the Premier League, this is the most special."

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