Tinkerman Ranieri will continue to change things ahead of Sunderland clash

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri.
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri.
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Claudio Ranieri will continue to be the Tinkerman in order to succeed at Leicester.

The boss takes charge of the Foxes for the first time when they host Sunderland in the Barclays Premier League.

The Italian earned the nickname of ‘The ‘Tinkerman’ after rotating his squad while boss at Chelsea between 2000 and 2004 but believes he is right.

“We brought (Yohan) Benalouane so we can change everything – we can play with three or with four and change during the matches.

“The team is improving but so are all of the other teams,” he said.

“Now there are a lot of Tinkermen in the Premier League but I was the first, I am the Tinkerman, I take the flag.

“There are also other Tinkermen. (Pep) Guardiola also said this – when you play a Guardiola team you do not know if they play three, four or five at the back.

“When you change something the opponent has more and more difficulties for this reason. My players know what is happening but the opponents don’t.”

Wes Morgan is available after Jamaica’s Gold Cup campaign while N’Golo Kante and Benalouane will be assessed after joining this week.

Ranieri will manage his first game in the Barclays Premier League since leaving Chelsea and believes it has moved on since he left.

“When the players change and the manager changes so does the football.

“The Premier League is the best in the world and I’m very happy to stay here,” he added.