Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho had a lot of good words to say about Leicester and their manager Claudio Ranieri ahead of their meeting on Monday.
The 52-year-old Portuguese manager has been struggling to get results in the league, with Chelsea sitting in 14th place with 15 points after 15 matches. Mourinho praised his 64-year-old Italian counterpart Ranieri and Leicester and the remarkable job they have done this season, sitting top of the Premier League table.
“They deserve to be where they are, let’s be honest,” Mourinho told chelseafc.com. “I said a couple of weeks ago I didn’t believe they can be champions and maybe I have to think twice because it’s one thing to be top in September after a beautiful start, another is to be top in December, that’s a completely different story, so if they are there and get result after result, it’s because they can win the title.
“It would be something magnificent, something to impress the football world but sometimes these things can happen, so why not?
“They are there because they are doing magnificently well, we are where we are because we are doing badly. We have the same potential as last season, the same manager, same players, so if we are where we are it’s because we are underperforming.
“He (Ranieri) is going to win the manager of the month award and he should win more than that, he should win manager of half-term. If you could give an award for the first six months of the competition everybody is miles away from him and every club is miles away from what Leicester are doing. I know the distance between them and Man United, Man City, Arsenal is only a few points but they are the ones who deserve all the respect and compliments.
“One year ago they were bottom of the league and Ranieri was sacked by the Greece national team for losing to the Faroe Islands, now he is the top manager in the Premier League and their players are top of the league. That’s the beauty, it’s fantastic.”