Premier League champions Leicester City will have the chance to win more silverware on Sunday when they take on FA Cup holders Manchester United in the Community Shield.
Claudio Ranieri knows that the Foxes will be hard pressed to repeat last year's heroics in the upcoming season. However, that hasn't stopped the 64-year-old Italian from taking a little dig at Jose Mourinho, who will be his opposite number at Wembley.
In his pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow's clash, Ranieri declared that his team won't flop in their defence of the league title and collapse into chaos to the same extent as Mourinho's Chelsea did.
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"When I have built something, it has never been destroyed," the Leicester boss claimed. "I think we have built a very strong foundation. Now we are slowly making a ground floor, then the first floor, the foundations are very solid."
He continued, "I don't know what happened with Chelsea, they were the champions but my philosophy is watching over my house, not another house. And my house is very clean!"
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The last time Ranieri met Mourinho
The last time the two men squared off was back in December, when Ranieri's Leicester beat Mourinho's Chelsea 2-1 thanks to goals from Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez.
The 2014-15 Premier League winners had endured a disatrous season up to that point, and after the game the "Special One" accused his players of betraying him before being sacked hours later.
New Leicester signings
French international N'Golo Kante joined Chelsea last month and star man Mahrez has been linked with a move away. That said, Leicester have done some very good business in the transfer window as well.
Goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler, energetic midfielder Nampalys Mendy, winger Bartosz Kapustka and pacey forward Ahmed Musa are four high-profile names that have moved to the King Power Stadium this summer.
With those signings, Ranieri wants to keep the same work ethic which brought them so much success last season and won't accept any slacking from his players. "Suffer for your teammates, help your team - that is my philosophy, " he explained.
"Last season we did something that is hard to repeat, we know that very well, but I want the maximum from myself and everybody."
As they prepare to take on Man United, spirits would surely have been high after 19 first-team players were each presented with a £105,000 BMW i8 as a reward for a remarkable 2015-16 campaign.
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