Claudio Ranieri was 'on the ceiling' when Eden Hazard equalised against Tottenham

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Claudio Ranieri surprised everyone when he admitted he could miss the Chelsea vs Tottenham match due to a flight.

The loveable Italian manager admitted that he could be a plane, returning from a lunch date with his Mother in Italy, during the match that could see his Leicester side crowned as champions.

Luckily though, he managed to get home in time to watch the pulsating 90 minutes at Stamford Bridge.


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Spurs had to beat Chelsea to keep their title hopes alive but, despite being 2-0 up at half-time, they could only draw 2-2. It meant Leicester had completed the incredible 5000/1 feat of winning the league and Ranieri was able to watch it from the comfort of his own house.

“(I was) at home to watch the (Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur) match,” he told reporters, per the Daily Mail.

“I had lunch with my mother and then I come back with our plane and I arrived 7pm and 8pm I watched the match.”

Unfortunately for all of us, Ranieri wasn’t at Jamie Vardy’s house party so we couldn’t see his celebrations captured on video.

However, he has revealed how he reacted to Eden Hazard’s 83rd-minute equaliser on Monday night.

Ranieri's reaction

“I was first on the armchair but after on the ceiling,” he admitted, per The Mirror.

We can’t quite imagine the happy-go-lucky boss going too mental after the final whistle blew, though. A wry smile and a glass or two of red wine was probably how he reacted.

The celebrations in the Ranieri household would have been a lot different to down the road in the Vardy residence. The striker invited all of his teammates round to watch the match and, judging by their reactions at the final whistle, they had one hell of a party.

But Ranieri had remained calm all season despite Leicester’s incredible success and there was little chance of him getting too excited now.

Started to believe

Leicester's initial aim at the beginning of the campaign was to avoid relegation. By Christmas, they had virtually guaranteed that and started looking at bigger and better goals. And Ranieri has identified the one match where he and his players started to believe they could win the title.

“I was so satisfied when we won at Manchester City. It was a fantastic performance away from home, ­unbelievable,” he said.

“When we won there 3-1, my players believed: ‘Maybe we can win, maybe we can fight until the end and believe something fantastic could happen.’”

This fairytale season is about to have the perfect ending for Ranieri. He and his players will lift the trophy after their home match against Everton this weekend before they are greeted with a guard of honour from last season’s champions Chelsea on the final day of the season - something Ranieri has experienced before.

“It is good because last time I left the Premier League I went through my Chelsea players and they made the guard of honour,” the 64-year-old said.

“It was amazing. Now I will come back in the same way. It is unbelievable.”

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