Claudio Ranieri in tears after Leicester secure Champions League qualification

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Claudio Ranieri appears such a ‘happy go lucky’ type of guy.

The Italian manager is always smiling, seemingly unconcerned about anything in life.

But, the Leicester boss allowed emotions to get the better of him after seeing his side go 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League and confirming qualification for next season’s Champions League.


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The Foxes beat Sunderland 2-0 at the Stadium of Light thanks to a second-half brace from Jamie Vardy as they close in on the incredible 5000/1 shot of winning the title.

The win put the club 10 points ahead of Spurs but Mauricio Pochettino’s side kept the title race alive with a brilliant 3-0 victory over Manchester United to reduce to gap to seven.

While the race for Premier League glory isn’t over just yet, the race for Champions League qualification is - for Leicester that is.

They are now a massive 19 points clear of Manchester United in fifth - with United only having six matches remaining. It means the club will play in Europe’s elite competition for the first ever time next campaign.

So it’s hardly a surprise that Ranieri was overcome with emotion. Watch the video that is bound to pull on your heartstrings below:

Everyone on Twitter clearly loves the former Chelsea manager judging by their reactions.

In the post-match interview, Ranieri explained his emotions.

Its amazing just. I want to say thank you to everybody who came," he said, per the Telegraph.

"Nobody could have believed we would be in this position - but now we have to fight and fight."

"I want to say thank you for the support. They are amazing. They are dreaming. We want to keep on dreaming.

"It is fantastic when you see before the match an old lady with Leicester shirt outside the stadum. They came from Leicester, that is fantastic, that is emotion as well,” he added.

While Ranieri will, obviously, be delighted to qualify for the Champions League, he will be wanting his players to focus on completing their incredible season.

The side are seven points clear of Spurs with just five matches remaining following their five consecutive wins - without conceding a goal.

They know that three more wins would guarantee the title but they face some tough fixtures towards the end of the campaign.

Their next two games are at the King Power Stadium where they host West Ham and Swansea.

Then, in May, they face a trip to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United before they play Everton at home. They play last season’s champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on the final day of the season.

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