Wednesday September 19 2012
Ranieri neutral ahead of Chelsea-Juve

Claudio Ranieri says he won’t be supporting Chelsea or Juventus when his two former clubs clash in the Champions League tonight.

The tactician spent four years with the London side before his dismissal in 2004, while he was netted by the Old Lady in 2007.

“I just hope that I see some good football,” Ranieri told RAI. “I’m looking forward to watching those two clubs on the international stage.

“Chelsea have changed a lot and will need to find the right balance, but I think Roberto Di Matteo will be able to do that.”

Ranieri spent two campaigns in Turin before he was sensationally sacked with just two games of the 2008-09 season remaining.

“There was a misunderstanding and something didn’t fit,” he continued. “A Coach is very much like a lawyer.

“You are given a case to fight and you aim to do your best, but if it doesn’t work out then you change your lawyer. That’s what happened.”

Juventus will kick off in London without the legendary Alessandro Del Piero after he left for Sydney FC, but Ranieri believes that Sebastian Giovinco can shine.

“He’s an excellent player and he could become a champion,” the current Monaco tactician insisted.

“He has all of the qualities needed to blossom, even if you need time when at a great club. It’ll depend on him and his teammates.”

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