Claudio Ranieri: “I’m rooting for Roma against Leicester, I can’t betray my childhood colours.”

Andy Mattioli

Former Roma coach Claudio Ranieri once again spoke ahead of a crucial game for Roma – namely the second leg of the Conference League semifinals with Leicester City, the team Ranieri won the Premier League with in 2016.

“My relationship with Leicester was purely professional. I’m a Roma fan, and that reconnects me to my childhood. I can’t betray my childhood colours,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I think overall Roma have 55% chances of going through because this time around they’re playing at the Olimpico.”

“It’s great to see a full stadium. I want to congratulate the club on its policy regarding ticket prices.”

“If you have Mourinho sitting on your bench, you’re in good hands. José said it best last time around, ‘The fans must use their hearts, whereas we must use our heads.’ He’s right.”

“Leicester have struggled and have been less effective when playing away from home,” he added.

Finally, Ranieri paid tribute to Dan Friedkin’s work as President of Roma. “He’s the perfect president. He stays quiet and prefers to let the facts do the talking. You understand it from how much he’s invested in the club.”

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