Ranieri loves luck, loves techno

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Snapshot Week 21. January 10, 2016

Claudio Ranieri accepts high-flying Leicester may be the luckiest team in the land this season when it comes to dodgy penalty decisions.

But despite the admission the Foxes’ Italian coach still insists he is a huge fan of new proposals to use TV replays to help refs get the big calls right.

In March football’s international rule-makers will discuss the English FA’s request to test a video review system for goals, penalties and mistaken identity.

If granted, the technology could be unveiled in time for next year’s FA Cup.

Ranieri yesterday became the latest top-flight boss to back the potentially huge transformation to the way our game is officiated.

And he maintained his stance even after learning that, according to our research, Leicester, currently second in the Premier League, would actually be outside the top four – if video replays were already operating.

Ahead of today’s third-round cup clash at Spurs, Ranieri said: “Yes…but Napoleon said it’s always better to be lucky than good!

“If you say we are the luckiest side in the league then I am very happy with that.

“But even if true I still like technology. It’s very important to help the managers, the referees and the players.

“When I first started we had two video recorders at a game. Now it’s changed. It’s fantastic. We have every camera angle – and should use them to help the referee.”

Ranieri can afford to smile given Leicester’s good fortune in having been on the right end of a four shocking penalty calls this term.

Our findings into every match-changing decision over the last five months will be published later this week at www.thehpl.net.

The Hypothetical Premier League aims to show how the campaign might unravel if all major refereeing howlers were corrected.

And right now the evidence says Leicester should be fifth on 34 points – level with Spurs, who they meet again at White Hart Lane this Wednesday in a crunch top-four scrap.

As for the Foxes’ title charge, forget it. In the HPL, they are NINE points behind leaders Arsenal – rather than the official two points.

Of course, Ranieri’s real concerns centre on keeping Man Utd-target Jamie Vardy at the club – and his side in the Champions League hunt.

The ex-Chelsea boss, 64, warned: “We don’t need to sell because we don’t need the money. It would have to be stupid money to even think about it.

“I want all my players to keep their impetus. Those that don’t will end up in the stand.” HP and LP

As printed in Daily Star Sunday,  January 9, 2016

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