Claudio Ranieri says Nottingham Forest’s triumph greater than Leicester City’s

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Some people genuinely believe that Leicester City’s Premier League title triumph is the greatest sporting story of all time.

It’s hardly an outrageous suggestion.

The Foxes were 5,000-1 to win the league at the start of the season and it’s still difficult to believe, given their limited resources and the fact they were favourites to be relegated, that they’ve actually done it.


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However, not everyone is convinced that Leicester’s story is the greatest achievement in football history, let alone the history of modern sport.

Former Arsenal defender Lauren raised eyebrows earlier this month when he suggested Leicester’s achievement wasn’t as great as the Gunners’ unbeaten season during the 2003-04 campaign.

Ranieri: Forest's achievement is greater than ours

While Claudio Ranieri, the man who has masterminded Leicester’s remarkable title triumph, believes Nottingham Forest’s success in the late 1970s is on a different level.

Forest, under the legendary Brian Clough, won the English title in their first season after promotion from the old Second Division and then went on to win back-to-back European Cups.

"People always try to look for something exceptional in sport but I think that, 30-40 years ago, Nottingham Forest did something even greater than what we have done,” Ranieri told La Gazzetta dello Sport, per ESPN.

"They got promoted from the second division, then they won the First Division title and then won the European Cup twice, so let's just wait a few more years."

The Italian coach added: ”Life is beautiful and is there to be lived to the full. We woke up from this dream to discover it was all true, that we had won a title which was unimaginable at the start of the season.

"I want to thank the magnificent players I had this season because they were the ones who made this dream come true for so many people."

Leicester are 100-1 to win Champions League

According to Bettered boss Fred Done - speaking to the Leicester Mercury this week - Ranieri’s men are just 100-1 to win the Champions League next season.

He said: ”Leicester, with their creative yet hard-working midfield, super-solid defence and jet-heeled striker Jamie Vardy, might catch a few of our continental cousins off guard and are 100-1 to win the Champions League."

The idea of Leicester City lifting the European Cup at the Millennium Stadium in May 2017 is surely too absurd to become a reality.

Then again, we would have said the same thing nine months ago about Ranieri’s men lifting the Premier League trophy.

Whose achievement is the most impressive: Leicester City’s or Nottingham Forest’s? Have your say by leaving a comment below.

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