True to stereotype, the Italians are a superstitious bunch. We have driven an hour north of Rome to meet Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri’s brother Carlo and his son Giorgio. But as we get closer to Formello, suddenly our calls are not being answered.
Leicester City’s players were not the first to hear Claudio Ranieri ring his imaginary bell. Danny Drinkwater provoked much amusement among the British press corps last month, when he revealed the manager’s technique of saying “dilly-ding, dilly-dong” to restore focus whenever energy levels start to dip during training.
An injury to his right knee has kept Giorgio Chiellini from playing in recent weeks, but that hasn’t gotten in the way of the defender celebrating the fifth consecutive scudetto in a row with the club.