"In the space of 10 days we are taking on Roma and Inter. On the one hand we are 'deciding' the Scudetto, but there's also our safety to secure and that is more important as far as we're concerned.
"I have known Claudio Ranieri since we faced off in the youth team tournaments. He is a good man and an excellent Coach.
"We both also had the good fortune to train our hometown clubs, to lead out the team we are fans of.
"Not many have had that opportunity, but it is a situation that always brings something extra out of you."