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Lunch with 96-year-old mother is important for Claudio Ranieri

Manchester: Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri will not watch Tottenham Hotspur’s pivotal meeting with Chelsea because he is flying home to Italy to take his 96-year-old mother out for lunch. Following their 1-1 draw at Manchester United on Sunday, Leicester will be crowned champions for the first time in their 132-year history if second-place Tottenham fail to win at Ranieri’s former club Chelsea today.

Claudio Ranieri
Claudio Ranieri

The 64-year-old Italian said he had a pressing matter to attend to. "Tomorrow night I am on a flight," Ranieri told reporters at Old Trafford. "Because now I go back to Italy, after I finish the press conference, and I come back at the same time of the match.

"I will be the last man to know the result. I want to meet my mother. (She is) 96 years old and I’d like to go to have lunch with her."

Asked where his mother lived, Ranieri flashed his inquisitor a smile and said: "I don’t tell you."

While Leicester could have secured the Premier League title with victory at Old Trafford, the odds remain stacked overwhelmingly in their favour.

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