Claudio Ranieri expecting 'emotional' guard of honour at Chelsea

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Claudio Ranieri has already had some unbelievable moments this season, but he is expecting one on the final day of the season to top the lot. 

The 64-year-old will take his Leicester City side to Chelsea as a champion, marking a triumphant return to the club from which he was sacked twelve years ago. 

And as is Premier League custom, the Blues will give the newly-crowned king of English football a guard of honour. 


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Ranieri emotional 

Ranieri has tried to remain reserved throughout Leicester's incredible season, but he looked visibly moved when they were handed the trophy in their final home game of the season against Everton. 

Being honoured at Stamford Bridge will arguably be an even bigger moment, as the moment will be observed by Roman Abramovich, the Chelsea owner who claimed Ranieri would never win the Premier League.

Robert Huth, though, will not be on the pitch against his old team, as he is still suspended for pulling Marouane Fellaini's hair in the 1-1 draw against Manchester United. 

While far from triumphalist about the occasion, Ranieri admitted it will be emotional, as quoted by the Daily Mirror, while also revealing it is not the first time he has received the gesture from John Terry and his team-mates:

:My Chelsea players made me a guard of honour on the pitch before, it was good", he said. 

“Marcel Desailly and John Terry called all their team-mates because everyone knew I was finished with my job there."

Fond memories

Despite being axed in favour of Jose Mourinho, Ranieri appears far from bitter as he heads back to Chelsea 

After all, he has them to thank for helping Leicester along the way with a 2-2 draw against second-placed Tottenham. 

In that game, the Chelsea fans made it clear they still held the Italian in high regard, chanting his name and holding aloft a banner reading: "Let's do it for Ranieri."

Is Leicester's title win the greatest ever footballing achievement? Have your say in the comments. 

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