Buffon congratulates Ranieri on return to European competition

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Turin, April 12 (IANS) Italian football icon Gianluigi Buffon has congratulated his former coach Claudio Ranieri, whose low-key side Leicester City recently ensured their qualification for the European Champions League.

Unfancied English Premier League front-runners Leicester collected 72 points in total from 33 points, post their 2-0 win away over Sunderland on Sunday.

Leicester, whose previous best performance in the English top-flight competition was a runners-up finish in the 1929-30 season, have never played for Europe’s premier competition. They lastly played in Europea’s second tier competition, the Uefa Cup as it was called then, in the 2000-01 season.

“Once upon a time there was a fairy tale that his name was ?#?Leicester?. Today there is a reality that the fight for ?#?premierleague?. Meanwhile, welcome in Europe Mr. Claudio Ranieri!,” Buffon wrote on Facebook on Monday.

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Roman Ranieri coached Buffon at Juventus between 2007 to 2009. Buffon captains the Juventus side who are bidding for their fifth consecutive Serie A title this season.

The last coached side by Ranieri that played in Europe’s premier tournament was Inter Milan in the 2011-12 season.

Leicester are currently leading the EPL by seven points and are heavy favourites to win the title.

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