Ranieri: Leicester can be the crazy gang

Date published: Tuesday 19th January 2016 9:56

Claudio Ranieri wants Leicester City to ‘frighten’ the Premier League by continuing their ‘crazy’ season.

The Foxes have surpassed expectations this campaign and are currently level on points with league leaders Arsenal – seven clear of fifth-placed Manchester United.

And Ranieri, who has set his team a target of 79 points this season, is hoping his side can make the most of their opportunity at the top, with reigning champions Chelsea languishing in the bottom-half of the table.

“Now it is a crazy league and we want to frighten this crazy league,” said Ranieri.

“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 the turbo yet – and we hope they don’t switch on turbo.”

Ahead of Leicester’s FA Cup third-round replay with Tottenham on Wednesday, Ranieri has revealed that Matty James could return to the bench after an eight-month spell on the sidelines with a knee injury.

“For me Matty is very important. I watched a lot of matches from last season and he played very well with (Esteban) Cambiasso in the middle,” Ranieri said.

“He is young, he is strong, with a good personality, good skill, good vision. This is another very good player for me who can help the squad.”

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