Claudio Ranieri has another reason to celebrate Leicester City’s shock Premier League title success with the Foxes’ victory helping him break a record previously held by his old Chelsea foe Jose Mourinho.
For years, the Special One took great pleasure in reminding the press that, while he had won multiple trophies throughout his career in management, Ranieri’s trophy cabinet was a little bare.
“He has won a Super Cup and another small trophy and he is too old to change his mentality,” Mourinho famously told reporters back in October 2008.
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“He’s old and he hasn’t won anything.”
Just over half a decade on, however, and it is Ranieri who is celebrating silverware during a season in which Chelsea imploded under Mourinho.
Perhaps best of all, however, is the news that Ranieri has now set a new Premier League record following Leicester’s title win.
In overseeing the Foxes’ unlikely march to the Premier League crown, the Italian has set a new record for the shortest time between being appointed as manager and winning the title, having landed the job at the King Power stadium just 294 days ago.
Best of all for the Italian, who is also affectionately known as the Tinkerman, it is a record he has taken off Mourinho.
The Special One took just 332 days to win his first Premier League title as Chelsea manager back in 2004/05, with Carlo Ancelotti the next in line after securing the league crown as Blues boss after just 342 games at the helm.
With a stint in the Champions League to follow next season, Ranieri will now be hoping to silence any doubters in Europe too - and you wouldn’t bet against him doing that.
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