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Claudio Ranieri: Winning title is not enough for Leicester

Monday 01 Aug 2016
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri says his players are “hungry” to add more silverware to last year’s Premier League title.

Last year’s Cinderella side take on Emirates FA Cup winners Manchester United in The FA Community Shield at Wembley Stadium on Sunday and are determined to prove they are not one-season wonders.

"This summer has been a little strange because of what we achieved last season and the reaction from people all over the world," Ranieri wrote in the official FA Community Shield matchday programme.

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"People have asked me whether that makes me proud and I say ‘no, it makes me happy’.

"Maybe one day when I am an old man I will sit back and think a little more about what we have done. But, for now, there is another Claudio that wants to forget about it and move forward.

"I sense the same feeling among my players. Winning the title was not enough for them, they are hungry to experience more."

While Ranieri’s Leicester last season were a settled side of consistent performers, the departure of some players and the need to reinforce for their Champions League campaign means Sunday’s squad has several new faces.

But the Italian manager sees no reason why his side cannot keep going.

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"Today will be the first opportunity for many Leicester fans to see some of our new players.

"Ron-Robert Zieler, Luis Hernandez, Papy Mendy and Ahmed Musa have all settled into the group very well and bring strength to our squad.

"We also said goodbye to N’Golo Kante and we wish him well.

"One year ago, people were worried because we lost Esteban Cambiasso, but Leicester continued to move forward. Now Kante has gone, but we have some very good players that can help us move forward again."

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Ranieri added: "People will be curious to see what Leicester can do.

"Last season was unbelievable, magical for us and we made something incredible.

"I don’t know whether we can repeat what we achieved, but I know that we are ready to fight.

"If another team comes along and beats us in a match, or finishes above us at the end of the season, we will shake their hands and say well done.

"But before that, we will fight with all our heart and spirit."

Claudio Ranieri was talking exclusively to the FA Community Shield matchday programme. Click here to order your copy

By FA Staff