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The Italian returns to King Power Stadium on Sunday for the first time since guiding Leicester to the title in 2016 and he will no doubt receive a warm welcome from supporters.

When Ranieri was named by Watford there was a feeling of excitement among the team. Moussa Sissoko has contacted his France teammate and Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante for information on his new manager.

Sounds were positive and Ranieri fell in love with the Watford squad from the start when, in one of his first meetings, he expressed his sadness to be there at the expense of his sacked predecessor Xisco Munoz.

Xisco was very popular with the team, and Ranieri’s nod to him was well received. Just like his decision to blackmail “Bella Ciao” to his team as part of their welcome to the club.

Players were also taken aback by how the 70-year-old is in training. Ranieri is more than happy to stop a session to physically train someone in the right position.

His honesty with the players has deteriorated as well, and many have discovered, although he enjoys jokes, that he speaks candidly.

Naturally, like when any new manager takes over, things have changed at Watford but some elements remain the same.

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