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Claudio Ranieri believes his Leicester City team have a big future ahead of them and insists they will not be "destroyed".
The Foxes boss was speaking ahead of Sunday's Community Shield meeting with Manchester United and was partially making reference to his opposite number's experience at Chelsea last campaign.
Jose Mourinho won his third Premier League title at Stamford Bridge in the 2014/15 season but endured a disastrous campaign as defending champions last time out, with the Portuguese sacked in December with the side in freefall amid consistent rumours of serious dressing-room unrest and following a high-profile row with then-club doctor Eva Carneiro.
However, Ranieri feels that although Leicester's title win was a shock, they will continue to be a force in English football.
“When I build something it is never destroyed. My philosophy is to watch your house, not other houses. It’s important what happens here. My house is very clean and very clear,” he said. “Slowly we try to build the first floor and the second floor. The foundation is very solid. I don’t know what happened (to Chelsea). They were the champions.
“I spoke with my players and I said, ‘I know you very well now and I
want more. Forget what we achieved, I want more. You cannot tell me this
is your maximum, I want more than the maximum from last season’.
“I am very curious what we can do now. If someone needs more rest
psychologically, stay with me on the bench and understand what happens
on the pitch.
“One of my strengths is always to have the right balance. Never give
up, I always believe in myself and if one man wants to do something in
the end he will achieve something.
“I want to see them playing together as a team. Last season we made something which is hard to repeat but I want the maximum.”