If life at the top of Premier League table is any good at all — surely it must be, right? — Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri isn’t going to be the one to tell you about it. Despite a start to the 2015-15 season that’s seen his Foxes win each of their first two games, the 63-year-old Italian remains grounded in reality and focused on one simple task: avoiding relegation.
Following his side’s 2-1 victory away to West Ham United on Saturday, Ranieri wasn’t allowing any of that “top of the table” talk go to the heads of his player or himself. Speaking in his post-game television interview (above video), Ranieri had the following to say:
Ranieri: “We want to achieve the 40 points — to maintain Premier League (status) is our goal. That is important for us. Now we have six points, 36 left.”
Ranieri: [laughs] “34, but I want a little more.”
Whatever the number of points still needed — 34, 36 or 50 — look no further than Leicester’s snail-like start at beginning of the 2014-15 season (they didn’t win their second league game until Sept. 21 and didn’t win again after that until Dec. 28) to be reminded that when you’re one of the league’s relegation-fighting teams, it’s nothing but a non-stop countdown until you’re mathematically safe.