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Ranieri ‘shaken’ by death of Leicester’s Thai boss

first_imgMilan, Oct 30 (AFP) Claudio Ranieri revealed on Monday he had been “terribly shaken” by the death of Leicester City boss Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.Ranieri, 66, was hired by Vichai in 2015 and led Leicester to their historic Premier League title success the following year.Billionaire Vichai, 60, died along with four others when his helicopter plummeted into a car park outside the King Power stadium shortly after his side’s 1-1 draw with West Ham on Saturday.”I was terribly shaken by the news,” Ranieri told Sky Sport Italia in his first public reaction since the tragedy.”He was a good man and always had a positive word for everyone. His positivity and ability to make everybody love him was clear for all to see. He came into the locker room only to dispense kind words, never to reproach you.”One time soon after my birthday, he arrived in the locker room with a huge cake and made everyone sing ‘Happy Birthday.'”He was an illuminated man and everything he touched became better.” Ranieri said it was now up to Vichai’s son “who has always been in love with football” to carry on in his father’s footsteps.He recalled his first meeting with Vichai.”I immediately thought he was a positive person, full of energy. My objective when I arrived at Leicester was to secure Premier League safety, then we all know what happened.”Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha made a very important contribution to the Premier League victory, as he’d arrive 30 minutes before the game to embrace everyone. He never said a word out of turn, was always happy with a smile on his face.advertisement”I am so sad right now, I want to join the family in their grief.” After Ranieri was sacked by Leicester in February 2017 he took charge of French Ligue 1 side Nantes for the 2017-2018 season. (AFP) APAAPAlast_img read more


Deschamps wary of Dutch threat

first_imgFrance Deschamps wary of Netherlands threat to France Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 04:10 8/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) DidierDeschamps - cropped Getty Images France WC Qualification Europe France v Netherlands Netherlands The Oranje have endured a torrid couple of years at international level, but Deschamps still believes they can pose a threat France head coach Didier Deschamps has cautioned his players against underestimating Netherlands when the countries meet in Thursday’s World Cup qualifier at the Stade de France.Deschamps’ men sit three points ahead of their opponents in second place in Group A, level on points with leaders Sweden who inflicted a surprise defeat upon Les Bleus in June.France 4/7 to beat Netherlands Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina World Cup semi-finalists three years ago, Netherlands have suffered a fall from grace having failed to reach Euro 2016.Defeat away to Bulgaria during the current campaign led to Danny Blind being sacked as head coach and, after a 5-0 win over minnows Luxembourg, Dick Advocaat now faces the first significant challenge of his third spell at the helm.Great things are expected of Deschamps’ current crop, boasting stars such as Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele and Paul Pogba, but he feels a Netherlands squad still featuring Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder and the recalled Robin van Persie should give any team cause for concern.”Their problem is that they did not qualify for Euro 2016,” the France boss told a pre-match news conference. “They did a great World Cup in 2014.”There are a lot of experienced players who are still there. A new generation is coming. I don’t think the level of Dutch football has gone down, quite the opposite.”There are always very good players, the oldest who are still there and the young ones, who have a lot of quality.”It remains a strong European nation but it is true that the fact they were not in Euro 2016 in France is a break, a lack of exposure on the international level.”Le capitaine des #Bleus en interview avec @tf1 a la veille de #FRAPBS. pic.twitter.com/eLnE4y886C— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) August 30, 2017Captain Hugo Lloris echoed his coach’s calls for focus with the group a little too close for comfort for the pre-qualification favourites.”There is always the possibility to play the play-offs, but at the moment we really don’t think about it. We have all our chances to finish first in this group,” said the Tottenham goalkeeper.”We know that it’s going to be between us, Sweden and the Netherlands, and we can add Bulgaria if they do a good performance against the Swedes.”Honestly, we’re really focused on this game. We are not here to make fiction. We are focused on this very important match.”last_img read more