“It’s prehistoric, not now,” said Ranieri of the animosity. “It was a long time ago, I’m OK. He’s a great manager and a fantastic person. Maybe he will offer me a good red wine. I love red wine and if he offers I will go and drink it with him. Mourinho is a fantastic manager, intelligent, clever. He is OK.”
Ranieri also sympathised with Mourinho over his treatment of players, which hit the headlines last weekend when the Portuguese singled out defender Luke Shaw for criticism following defeat at Watford.
“Every manager has his own rule book and sometimes you need to do this,” said Ranieri. “Sometimes, maybe not here but at another team, I also pushed players to provoke a reaction.
“There’s always psychology. All managers are under pressure. It’s our life, always. It’s about how we manage the pressure, the victory, we have to manage everything, even me – the bookmakers put me under pressure every time!”