Claudio Ranieri wants to see Leicester City’s best away performance at Manchester United as they look to claim a maiden top-flight title. Leicester are on the brink of securing a historic Premier League title and Claudio Ranieri hopes his players get an “American movie” ending.
Having narrowly escaped relegation from the top flight last season by winning seven of their final nine outings, the dramatic turnaround continued into 2015-16 and has seen Leicester set the pace at the top of the table.
Tottenham’s failure to beat West Brom last Monday means Leicester, who are seven points clear and nine matches unbeaten, require just three points from their three remaining games in order to be crowned champions.
The Italian is confident Leicester will be able to complete the job, but wants to see a defining performance against United.
“It is important for us to make a perfect game. The best away performance of the season, we have to do it,” Ranieri said. “It is good we are doing something special. And of course I am very proud for everybody in Leicester, for our community. There is a good feeling about this story, but it is important to finish the story like an American movie. Always in the final it is okay, a happy ending.
“I feel it is very important to be concentrated 100 per cent. The story of football is fantastic but you have to be focused on the match. I don’t tell my players to stay calm, I say, ‘stay hungry’.”
Former Barcelona coach Louis van Gaal expects a typically difficult match against Ranieri, citing his previous encounters with the Italian during his tenure at Valencia.
“It was never easy to beat his teams,” said the Dutchman. “Valencia and Barcelona is also more or less a derby so it is a difficult match. He has always organised his teams very good.”