It’s now been almost two months since news broke of Claudio Ranieri’s sacking at Leicester City.
In that time the club’s fortunes have turned around pretty spectacularly, with just one loss coming this weekend at the hands of Everton in the period since he was shown the door.
Every other match has resulted in a win for the Foxes, including a crucial Champions League victory over Sevilla.
Despite this turnaround blatantly coinciding with the Italian’s dismissal, at which time rumours spread of a player revolt, Ranieri has refused to turn on his players and says external factors such as increased wages turned the players’ heads.
“The players maybe don’t give the maximum because there are other problems, the former Chelsea manager told Sky Sports.
“Before they earned a little less and after they earn double or triple (their wages).
“No, I can’t believe it. I can’t believe that my players killed me. No. No. No.”
— Sky Sports MNF ⚽️ (@SkySportsMNF) April 10, 2017
Even though Ranieri refuses to believe any sort of betrayal occurred it still must come as surprising to even him the upturn in form which has since happened.
The champions play the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash with Atletico Madrid on Wednesday night, and it will be interesting to see if their miraculous form in the second half of the season can continue, without Ranieri present.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena