Ranieri Named Gazzetta Coach Of The Year
- Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has been named the Gazzetta Sport Awards' Coach of the Year
- Ranieri masterminded the Club's first-ever Premier League title victory in the 2015/16 campaign
- The Foxes' achievements have been labelled the greatest sporting underdog story of all time
- Ranieri received the prestigious award from Torino chairman Urbano Cairo in Italy this weekClaudio Ranieri has been named the Gazzetta Coach of the Year in Italy after leading Leicester City to the Premier League title in remarkable fashion last season.
The City boss, branded ‘King Claudius’ by Italian newspaper Gazzetta Dello Sport, was the mastermind behind perhaps the greatest sporting underdog fable of all time as the Foxes went from relegation candidates to champions of England within 10 months.
City eventually emerged victorious with a 10-point cushion between themselves and second-place Arsenal after securing memorable victories against the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur throughout the course of the 2015/16 campaign.
Speaking at the Gazzetta Sports Awards evening this week, Ranieri said: “Everyone fell in love with Leicester last season. I have received letters from all over the world including Africa, Canada, Japan, China, New Zealand, Korea, Australia.
“We understood very well what we did, but we continue just as well to know who we are.
“What we have done with the team and staff, I think it is something unique. It was a beautiful journey.”
Since lifting the famous trophy in May, Leicester have continued to surprise pundits around the world by qualifying for the round of 16 in the UEFA Champions League as Group G winners.
In a group including FC Porto, Copenhagen and Club Brugge, the Foxes finished top with 13 points to book a last-16 clash with Spanish outfit and current UEFA Europa League holders Sevilla in the New Year.
“With the Champions League, we can now take a nice walk in Europe,” Ranieri added.
“For us, Europe means experience. We have qualified as first and hope to achieve another miracle.”
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