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Nantes coach Ranieri: I was a great manager before Leicester title win

Nantes coach Claudio Ranieri insists he didn't suddenly become a great manager after leading Leicester City to the Premier League title.

Ranieri is adamant he has coached just as well in past seasons when he has finished trophyless.

He told Le Parisian: "It's like the vine. The peasant works the land in the same way. But, one year, the sun is perfect. And the harvest reveals an exceptional wine. The winemaker did not become better, but the sky helped him.

"I am just a football winer. If I had come second with Leicester, I would have been an equally great coach! There are huge successes that we do not notice. To finish second of L1 with Monaco in 2014 which had just returned from L2, is it not beautiful? When I took over Juve in 2007, coming back from Serie B, we finished third and second. I arrived in Rome in 2009 after three days of the championship, zero points and no money for transfers: we lost the title only on the last day.

"These are exceptional performances. But as there is not a trophy, it's worthless? Seriously…"

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