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Claudio Ranieri is working ANOTHER miracle with Nantes in France

The former Leicester manager is currently sat third in Ligue 1, behind only PSG and Monaco

Claudio Ranieri; miracle worker.

The endearing Italian masterminded the greatest story football has ever seen at Leicester City, taking them from 5000/1 outsiders to the most improbable title success in history.


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Ranieri with a small prize

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Ranieri with a small prize

All good things come to an end, of course, and Ranieri was duly sacked last February as the Foxes struggled with the comedown after that ridiculous triumph in 2015/16.

But while many felt the 66-year-old – the third oldest manager in Europe behind Jupp Heynckes and Arsene Wenger – would fade into the abyss, he’s defying logic again.

Ranieri took charge of Nantes in June after previous manager Sérgio Conceição left the club for Porto, with the French minnows living off former successes.

Ranieri is back on the touchline in France

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Ranieri is back on the touchline in France

Nantes are regarded as a relatively big club in France but are without a Ligue 1 title since 2000/01 since the days of Jeremy Toulalan and co.


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Since then they’ve effectively been France’s answer to West Brom, initially yo-yoing between Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 before finding more stability in the top flight in recent years.

But is Ranieri bringing back the glory days?

That killer smile

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That killer smile

The ‘Tinkerman’ seems to be working his magic again, with Nantes currently sat third in Ligue 1 behind only the big two in PSG and Monaco.

But when you consider their goal difference it’s even more miraculous.

After a difficult start to the season, Nantes have won five and drawn two from their last seven.

There’s a lot of love for Claudio

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There’s a lot of love for Claudio

They have the best defence in the league having conceded just seven, but their nine goals at the other end is almost a third of what fourth-placed Lyon have managed.

Talk about unorthodox.

Nantes now face a favourable run of fixtures against Guingamp, Dijon and Toulouse which could cement their place in the Champions League spots.

Never change, Claudio, you dream maker.