EPL: Leicester footballers' heart and soul won it, says coach Ranieri
London: Leicester City head coach Claudio Ranieri believes that the 'heart and the soul' of team's footballers is the reason behind their incredible English Premier League (EPL) title success.
Tottenham Hotspur's failure to beat Chelsea on Monday handed the Leicester their first top-flight title in their 132-year history, with two games remaining this season.
The Leicester coach flew to Italy on Sunday to spend some time with his 96-year-old mother in Rome but revealed he made it back to England in time to see the moment Leicester became champions.
“I feel good, I feel good you can imagine," Ranieri was quoted as saying by Sky Sports on Tuesday.
"I was home to watch the match. I had lunch with my mother then I came back with our plane and arrived at 7 o'clock and at 8 o'clock, I watched the match. The emotions were at the maximum."
When asked what was the secret to Leicester's remarkable campaign, which has seen them lose just three matches en route to claiming the league, the Italian said, "I don't know the secret. I think the players, their heart and their soul won it."
Commenting on the first league title win of his 30-year managerial career, Ranieri said, "It means the job is good. I am very, very happy now because if I won this title at the beginning of my career, maybe I would have forgotten it by now.”
The 64-year-old said he had not spoken to his players yet, explaining he "will wait for them and we will enjoy it together", before adding he is already thinking about a bright future for Leicester going forward.
"I say every time I am very happy for the fans, the chairman, and everybody, for all of the Leicester community. We want to improve. We want to improve a lot,” the head coach said.