Ranieri speaks for the first time at Roma

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Claudio Ranieri, Manager of Fulham during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Fulham FC at St Mary's Stadium on February 27, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Claudio Ranieri, Manager of Fulham during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Fulham FC at St Mary's Stadium on February 27, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

The Italian manager has returned to his country to coach Lega Serie A club Roma after the team was kicked out of the UEFA Champions League.

Claudio Ranieri was sacked by Fulham in the middle of the 2018-2019 English Premier League season because of the bad results.

But after Roma was kicked out of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, coach Eusebio Di Francesco was fired from Roma, opening the door for Ranieri back into the Italian Lega Serie A.

The manager was presented today at the club and is only thinking on this season.

“For me coming back to Rome means a lot, it means everything. I have always been a Roma fan since I was a child,” he told Chiesa Di Totti.

“I usually sleep a lot during the night – but last night, when I realised I had this opportunity, I could not sleep. And that’s always a good sign.”

“It’s my romanita. I was born in San Saba and I went to school in Testaccio. Roma is in my DNA, my whole life is linked with Rome,” he added.

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“I will ask all the players to give their best, to help each other and work as a team. To represent the club like our fans want them to; to wear the shirt with pride, to represent the city with pride.”

“Only like that will I be satisfied. Results are important, of course, but what interests me first and foremost is that for 90 minutes the players give everything they have,” he continued.

“We need to re-start, as men do. I always try to face football like that, every day. We are lucky, we play a game and get well rewarded for it.”

“I think I am a very lucky person. But as a result, we need to give everything we have. We need to represent the shirt, the club and the fans,” he concluded.