Claudio Ranieri might still be wondering what actually happened to him at Leicester. This thought will manifest every time Leicester wins a game in England with their interim coach, Craig Shakespeare.
Sigh. Ranieri is gone now. But, how do you explain players who performed poorly and terribly under Ranieri and have suddenly found their form? They now win EPL matches and players are now playing like they played last season. With these actions, they have made Ranieri look like a very bad and terrible coach.
However, pause- and cast your mind back to last season. Leicester never thought they would win the EPL Cup in their 133-year history. And Ranieri made it possible. He believed in his little-known team members like Jamie Valdi, Kasper Schmeichel, Riyad Mahrez, Ngolo Kanté, Wes Morgan (C) amongst others and he drove them all the way to win the English Premier League. It is these same players that got him sacked, according to rumours we are hearing, even though some of them have left.
Before Shakespeare, who will now be feeling like a magician, it was reported that senior players like Kasper Schmeichel and Jamie Valdi revolted against Ranieri. And we all know that in football, if your senior players are unhappy, it will have an impact on the team. Soon, information got to the top hierarchy that Ranieri may have lost the dressing room. So they had no choice but to sack him.
So far, Leicester has won 2 consecutive games since Shakespeare took over. They defeated Liverpool on Matchday 26 with 3 goals to 1 with Valdi scoring two goals. Vladi has been a shadow of himself since the beginning of the 2016/2017 season. On Matchday 27, they defeated Hull City by the same score. Riyadh Mahrez scored a goal.
Now, one can safely say that the sacking of Ranieri has led to the resurgence of Leicester which is good for the team. But the players should be ashamed of themselves because they refused to play for Ranieri.
Despite this, the sack of Ranieri should surprise anyone. This is because in Football, you are as good as your last game and Ranieri was getting results. In fact, Leicester was very patient with him. If it was Roman Abramovich, the Russian Billionaire owner of Chelsea, he would have been fired a long time ago. But, this doesn’t take away the fact that Leicester players betrayed Ranieri to a very reasonable extent.
Whatever the case may be, Ranieri is laughing last after all. He will get 3 million pounds compensation from Leicester for sacking him. Leicester City is now 15th with 27 points on the EPL. Let see how long this winning momentum will last.
Written by Damilola Faustino
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