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Published: 09:22 | 25/5/16

Ranieri targeting survival


Keeping champions Leicester in the Premier League must be the main priority next season, according to manager Claudio Ranieri.

Having avoided relegation in 2015, the Foxes enjoyed a fairytale season as they lost just three Premier League matches on their way to being crowned champions for the first time in their history.

Not only did they clinch the title with two matches to spare, but they also finished ten points clear of second-place Arsenal.

Next season will bring its own challenges with Leicester facing into a Champions League campaign and Ranieri knows it will very hard to defend their title, especially with Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United changing their managers over the summer.

"Next season will be another fantastic season, because (Pep) Guardiola arrives, (Antonio) Conte and Jose (Mourinho)," Ranieri told the Mirror.

"It will be a very tough and good season. Can we beat them? We can fight, but we're underdogs.

"The fairytale happened once and we won. We want to defend our title, of course, but for us it's very important to stay in the Premier League.

"Our playing (style) won't change. Yes, we go into it as champions but I want them to continue to have the right attitude and I can accept all the results."

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