Claudio Ranieri thanked Guus Hiddink for Performance of Club
Guus Hiddink has revealed that Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri thanked him for helping the club in the Premier League title for the first time in a remarkable achievement.
Leicester City were looking to win the title if Tottenham dropped points against Chelsea on Monday night. Leicester could only manage a draw with Manchester United on Sunday, but they still recovered just two points in order to seal the title with two games left. Even then, there was some nervousness surrounding Claudio Ranieri in recent days. The Italian revealed that he will not be watching the game between Chelsea and Spurs since he would be on the plane to Italy.
Upon landing, Ranieri found out that Spurs could only manage a 2-2 draw with their arch rivalsChelsea at Stamford Bridge. It was a disappointment for Tottenham, who appeared to be on the verge of staying in the hunt for the title at half-time. They had taken a 2-0 lead through goals from Harry Kane and midfielder Son, who was stepping in for the suspended Dele Alli. However, a remarkable second-half comeback from Chelsea – inspired by Eden Hazard who came on at half-time – means that Leicester City cannot be caught now.
Ranieri spent one season as a manager under Roman Abramovich and a few more prior to the Russian’s arrival."I got a call from Ranieri. He called and thanked us for what we did, especially the second half, and I congratulated him for being champions.(He said) five times 'thanks', because of the emotion. I didn't see any tears because it was not a Facetime conversation, but his voice was trembling a bit. They didn't implode. There was no tension when they started smelling the title. That's why I think they deserve it highly," said Hiddink after the game.