Ranieri: Big team will win again next year – and for next 20

Date published: Wednesday 4th May 2016 9:21

Claudio Ranieri: Could have moved to the Championship

Claudio Ranieri does not expect Leicester City to defend their Premier League title, tipping the “big teams” to dominate for the next 20 years.

Ranieri and his team – 5,000-1 shots at the start of the season – have stunned the football world by sealing the title with two games to spare after Tottenham blew a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 at Chelsea on Monday.

They are just the sixth team to win the Premier League, but Ranieri insisted an underdog will not emerge victorious again for another 20 years.

He said: “Big money makes the big teams and usually the big teams win – but now we can only say 99 per cent.

“How many years after Nottingham Forest (in 1978) and Blackburn (in 1995) have another team won? Next season will be the same, for the next 10 or 20 years will be the same. The richest will win or who can pick up the best players to make a team.

“If 20 owners have the same money for the players, only one can win and three will go down. That is football.

“Now the second team in Italy is Leicester. In Thailand, the first team is Leicester. I’ve received letters from Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil – everywhere ‘Leicester, Leicester, what a legend’. Everyone knows the Premier League.”

Leicester will receive their first top-flight trophy in their 132-year history after Saturday’s final home game against Everton, and Ranieri said they must let it sink in.

“All the people around the world are asking for Leicester, what happened?” he said.

“But this is a moment you have to leave a little more (time) for and taste slowly like a good wine. Savour it. Maybe now is too early to think what we have done.

“Maybe one or two years could be better to understand, but now it is important to stay high in the world.”

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