Claudio Ranieri thinks clubs in next season’s Champions League will want Leicester as opponents due to their novice status but has warned Europe that ‘underdogs can be dangerous’.
Should events go awry, however, the Italian will keep perspective by savouring his Premier League winners’ medal.
Leicester are 50-1 with the bookmakers to win the Champions League – 100 times shorter price than they were to lift the Premier League last summer – and Ranieri sees reason to believe in his side’s work rate.
“I am confident because this team three years ago won the Championship and the Championship is very tough,” he said. “They run all the time.
“I hope we can find good players and make some replacements because next season there will be three cups and the Premier League and it will be important to be able to make good changes and give some rest to the players.
“I believe when there will be draw for the Champions League a lot of teams will want to play against us because we are in Europe for the first time and they think we are underdogs.
“We are underdogs but we are dangerous. Underdogs can be dangerous teams.” Ranieri added: “I will keep my medal in my home and when there is a bad moment I will take it out, look at it and say, “Hey, come on man, balance.”