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Friday 9 December 2016

Ranieri: I want to be the crazy man

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri wants to be the "crazy man" who frightens the Premier League elite.

The Foxes have shocked everybody this season, transforming themselves from relegation strugglers 12 months ago to serious title contenders under the Italian.

Ranieri's side are level on points with league leaders Arsenal, seven points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United, and the former Chelsea boss is revelling in Leicester's role as the gatecrasher.

"Now it is a crazy league and we want to frighten this crazy league," said Ranieri, whose team host Tottenham in a FA Cup third round replay on Wednesday night.

"I want to be the most crazy man and team in the Premier League.

"It is a crazy league because if it was a normal league Leicester would not be at the top. The other bigger teams would be there.

"But there is an opportunity for us because the big teams don't start yet. If they start then Leicester will fight but we would be in the middle (of the table).

"The big teams haven't switched on turbo yet to go - and we hope they don't switch on turbo."

Meanwhile, Matty James may make his long-awaited return to the Leicester squad against Tottenham in the cup tonight.

The midfielder has been out for eight months with a serious knee injury but could be on the bench after playing half an hour for the development squad on Monday.

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