Claudio Ranieri jokes he’s ‘nonetheless YOUNG’ – regardless of turning 70 subsequent week – as he provides his first press convention as Watford boss… and the Italian reveals he’ll take his squad out to dinner in the event that they preserve a clear sheet vs Liverpool!
- Claudio Ranieri was offered to the media for the primary time as Watford supervisor
- The 69-year-old Italian insisted he nonetheless feels younger simply days earlier than he turns 70
- He stated his speedy problem is hitting 40 factors and protecting Watford protected
- Ranieri has supplied to pay for workforce dinner in the event that they get a clear sheets vs Liverpool
Claudio Ranieri is adamant that age is only a quantity days out from his seventieth birthday on his first presentation as Watford boss.
Ranieri arrives at Vicarage Highway as successor to Xisco Munoz, who was axed seven video games into the season.
Whereas Ranieri famously guided Leicester Metropolis to the league title in 2015-16, it was a way more sobering expertise with Fulham throughout 2018-19 the place he gained simply three of 17 matches.
Claudio Ranieri will take cost of his first match as Watford supervisor on Saturday lunchtime
Requested if he felt any weariness in returning to English soccer’s top-flight, Ranieri laughed it off and insisted he feels contemporary and raring to go.
‘Generally you go up, generally you go down, however I by no means surrender and I proceed my approach,’ he stated.
‘I’ve a powerful character, I’m nonetheless younger and I wish to proceed.’
There was a short pause for some laughter among the many journalists within the room to which he replied: ‘Why are you laughing?’
He added: ‘I really feel good. Fortuitously I really feel good and after I take into consideration soccer I really feel good each time.
Watford disposed of Xisco Munoz following defeat at Leeds however Ranieri is now raring to go
‘I’m very pleased to come back again to the Premier League; it is among the best leagues on the earth. I’m an bold man and I hope to maintain Watford protected this season.’
It could not be a a lot more durable begin for him with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool coming to city for his first match in cost.
Liverpool have some of the feared assaults in European soccer and whereas Ranieri is aware of the percentages are stacked towards his aspect he was eager to supply up an incentive for his gamers.
At Leicester he famously supplied to purchase his dressing room pizza in the event that they saved a clear sheet however he is altered his proposal this time round.
‘No pizza,’ he stated, ‘I am going to pay for dinner if we preserve a clear sheet!’
Watford are presently fifteenth within the Premier League heading into their weekend match-up with the Reds with simply two wins – towards Aston Villa and Norwich – from their opening seven matches.
Watford have gained two of the primary seven video games and Ranieri is now tasked with protecting them up
Defeat away at Leeds was the ultimate straw for the Pozzo household, who personal Watford, and Xisco and now the stress is on Ranieri to kick-start a direct revival – beginning on Saturday.
‘We’ve to be protected after which slowly we go up,’ he defined when requested of his plan.
‘The programme is superb, it’s totally bold, he (proprietor) is bold and I’m much more bold. I hope it’s good for Watford and for our followers.
‘Now we simply must be protected. Forty factors we now have to attain and subsequent season 41 then 42 and 43.
‘Saturday there might be among the best groups on the earth. It is OK, we’re prepared, at all times. I’m prepared and my workforce is prepared. Will probably be a battle and we are going to battle.’