The midfield battler they sold to Chelsea for £32m last month was arguably THE most influential player in last season’s title triumph.
That’s why the Italian is now asking all the players Kante left behind to each do the work of two men to fill the big gap he left behind – starting against Manchester United today.
England’s unlikely champions have had two rude pre-season awakenings against Paris St-Germain and Barcelona so far with hefty 4-0 and 4-2 defeats in the International Champions Cup tournament.
And Ranieri is now calling on his troops to play the Kante way to make sure they do not suffer a similar fate in today’s Community Shield curtain-raiser.
Or in any of the rest of this season’s Premier League and Champions League campaigns as well for that matter.