And with five La Liga titles, not to mention three Champions League wins, who would argue with the Spaniard?

Up next for the Foxes is a trip to Arsenal, before a winnable home clash against Norwich.

Win those and Ranieri’s side will hold a decent advantage over their rivals heading in to March.


And even if they fall slightly short, they will almost certainly be playing in Europe next season, perhaps against their newest fan.

At least Pique will be familiar with the threat Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez pose after watching them turn Premier League defenders inside out.