Claudio Ranieri is yet to win a first division title in all his years of management but the Leicester boss, on the brink of a remarkable achievement with the Foxes, has offered Barcelona some advice on getting over the line.
The Spanish side have lost their last three games and now only lead La Liga by their head-to-head record over Atletico Madrid.
Meanwhile, Ranieri is competing in his own title challenge. Leicester are currently five points clear at the top of the Premier League and are inching closer to achieving the impossible.
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The Foxes have captured the world’s hearts as they have knocked Chelsea Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United off their perch.
On the verge of relegation this time last year, they are just four games away from completing the 5,000/1 shot.
They might even meet Barcelona in next season’s Champions League. Now there’s a story.
Ranieri met up with Spanish newspaper Sport at Leicester’s King Power Stadium and revealed exactly what Barca must do to win the La Liga title in successive seasons.
“Keep calm and keep what you’ve been thinking,” the former Chelsea boss advised. “If you have an idea and it’s given you results, it will give you results again. If you see that doesn't happen, you change.
“Barcelona are first, so they depend on themselves. They have pressure, but they have the advantage. They have to handle it.”
Just like Leicester.
No crisis at Barca
Ranieri will pray that his team don’t go on a run like Barcelona are currently on. It looked for all the world that the Catalan side would cruise to the title but losses to Real Madrid, Real Sociedad and Valencia have allowed the Madrid clubs back in.
Yet the Italian doesn’t think Lionel Messi and co. are going through a crisis.
“I don't know it in great detail, but you can't doubt Barcelona,” he continued. “How can you do that to a team who won everything last year? They have an extraordinary team.
“We're talking about a team that won it all last season and not so long ago we were saying were the example for everybody. Things can't end so quickly.
“Crisis? To lose against Real Madrid or Real Sociedad is not a crisis. The Champions League? Atletico have a great team too, with a lot of spirit. They knew how to win, that's it.
“During a season all teams go through ruts in play and results. Barcelona's problem is that it's happening at the worst moment, when the definitive time in the title fight draws near.”
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