Hello Claudio. Welcome back to a place you love and where you liked. Ranieri of the Premier League, who at different times considered himself a master, teakarmer, caricature joker, miraculous worker, expert in some way to keep calm, when the form has receded and the ax has hidden, returns with the words "without risk" beats around him. Ranieri has seen enough in 32 years of administration in five countries to smile vigorously at such perceptions before he starts working.
The prejudices followed Ranieri for quite some time – much more than the inhuman reaction to his alleged appointment in Leicester City (and we all know how this proved). A certain optimism from Fulham's hierarchy, which chose Ranjeri to follow Slavja Dzokanovic, is understandable. But it does not make sense to jump to the question of whether Ranieri can recreate something that resembles the phenomenon he oversaw Leicester in his new role in Craven Cottage.
Nearly 18 months ago, Ranieri joined Nantes in France between major ghosts. The chairman, the emerging tycoon, Waldemar Kita, supported the idea that he managed to make a coup with the recruitment of a coach who is associated with magical dust. Nantes was impressed by their previous coach, Sergio Conceição, and when he left to join Porto Kita, he asked for a big name. Ranieri went through this box, so soon after Leicester's heroine in the Premier League, which made them a bench for any gentle club with gigantic dreams.
Everyone in Nantes was excited. It all started with the promise. Ranieri was immediately popular with the public and inspired the team to go up as high as the third on the table. He was installed at the top five shortly after the winter break. But until February the honeymoon image began to break. None of the parties appeared in this for a long time. Raniere joined the Italian national team. The results began to slip. During the season Nantes scored only 36 goals from 38 League 1 games and the initial spark of excitement vanished as the mild football got its hand.
Freedom of work under an involved president became a matter. Kita is an extroverted person in French football, the kind of owner who is full of big statements, he likes to be a friend of the players, he does not hide the fact that he has his favorites and enjoys the kind of interest in group affairs that can interfere with interference. Ranieri never publicly complained, but it was obvious that they were not the ideal conditions for a coach. Three wins in the second half of the season meant Ranieri's departure after a season in Nantes was not unexpected. He stayed stylish and liked, but he left without shocking memories. "The first part of the season was fantastic," he said. "Then he was inevitably disappointed: me, president, players, supporters."
Expectations that a Leicester could make with Nantes were always on the fantastic side. Partly because the average of a team that has a team to achieve at odds of 5,000-1 shows that it is unlikely to happen again in a hurry. And partly because Ligue 1 is not easy for those outside the business to crash. In addition to the usual suspects (Paris Saint-Germain's superpower, with Monaco and Lyon, who are normally leading the way), the top three have seldom broken over the last five years. Nice pushed her way to the third in 2017 and Lille did the same in 2014.
And so to Fulham. Even during this unforgettable adventure with Leicester, when his team was one-third of the way in this great season, he had stabilized with 40 points before thinking about still thinking about something else. "Our goal now is to maintain the Premier League. Be firm with two feet firmly on the floor," he said.
These emotions echo along the banks of the Thames as he starts his 18th position in management with his team in a virgin state. Rear rock, bleeding the targets, having almost forgotten how to win, this is a job that requires Ranieri to characterize the agitation of things quickly. He is expert in bringing a new bounce manager – this impetus to improvement – with his intense analysis of resources and adjustments while trying to motivate. "I like a project," he says. Also good.
Fulham represents a kind of return. Not only brings him back professionally back to the Premier League, he personally takes him back to some of the world he liked. He was very happy to live in West London during his spell with Chelsea during the period just prior to the arrival of Roman Abramovich.
The variety of experience he has accumulated in his management career, having faced the twin triumphs and destruction along the way, means he has no illusions. "We have to play as if we are desperate – not every fight, every second," said Ranieri for his philosophy. "The day my players relax, I'm crazy, they know that, I think I'm a good guy, but I'm demanding too." Fulham's chances of recovering this season depend on the extent to which his players will be able to respond to this. – Guardian service