Chelsea’s wobbly title defence not a surprise, says former boss Claudio Ranieri

By | October 31, 2017


Premier League champions Chelsea’s wrestle to retain the title is hardly shocking because the membership returned to the Champions League and their league rivals strengthened their squads, former Leicester Metropolis supervisor Claudio Ranieri has mentioned.

Cluadio Ranieri. AFP file image

Cluadio Ranieri. AFP file picture

Ranieri gained the league with Leicester in 2016 however was sacked 9 months after lifting the trophy because the membership failed to duplicate their spectacular type within the subsequent season.

Whereas Chelsea haven’t declined so drastically, the London facet have began their present marketing campaign inconsistently, recording three league losses in 10 video games to sit down in fourth place, 9 factors behind leaders Manchester Metropolis.

“It’s at all times troublesome to win the league the second yr. Chelsea additionally has the Champions League after which it’s not straightforward,” Ranieri, who managed Chelsea from 2000-04, instructed the Night Normal.

“It’s not straightforward when plenty of different groups are renovating their gamers.”

The London facet’s troubles have additionally been linked to their underwhelming switch window whereas their league rivals spent closely to considerably enhance their squads.

Conte’s facet have returned to the European competitors strongly as they continue to be unbeaten on the high of their group and on the verge of qualification to the knockout levels.

Ranieri, who at present manages French facet Nantes, has backed Antonio Conte to get the group again to their finest as Chelsea put together to journey to AS Roma within the Champions League in a while Tuesday.

“He’s glad. He’s a implausible supervisor and tries to do one of the best for Chelsea,” Ranieri added.

After their mid-week journey to Italy, Chelsea host second-placed Manchester United on Sunday.



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