Italian believes Roman Abramovich brought Chelsea because of him
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri believes Chelsea’s success all stems from his stint at the club.
The Italian was manager at Stamford Bridge for four years from 2000 to 2004, and it was his era that convinced Roman Abramovich to buy the club.
Ranieri believes his era caught the eye of the Russian billionaire, which made him eventually buy the club and turn them into European giants.
Now at the helm of Leicester, Ranieri has admitted he still gets Chelsea fans thanking him for his stint at the club, and he believes the club’s major success has all come down to him.
He has also revealed that he signed Didier Drogba, Arjen Robben and Petr Cech for the club after several scouting missions.
Ranieri was sacked before the club signed the trio, but he is taking credit for the signings because he tipped the club to sign them.
Ranieri Takes Credit
Ahead of Chelsea’s visit, Ranieri, 64, reflected: “I think we made a very good performance in my third year, without signing players, we arrived fourth.
“We achieved the Champions League, the reason Roman Abramovich bought the team.
“Then we arrived second in the league and in the semi-final of the Champions League, it was a positive. I chose Petr Cech and Robben and I suggested Drogba.
“I spoke with the owner about Drogba because he told me if you stay here who do you want as a striker?
“The season before I wanted Samuel Eto’o but it wasn’t possible, so I said: ‘I need Drogba as a striker’. But before he arrived I was sacked.”
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt