Robert Huth discusses what Claudio Ranieri will bring to Leicester this season

Leicester City

The former Stoke man was given his senior debut by the Italian when they were both at Chelsea.

New Leicester City signing Robert Huth has this week been discussing his experience with Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri as a youngster on the club's website, being the sole player at the King Power Stadium with experience of working with the Italian earlier in his career.

The big German defender was of course at Chelsea as a youngster, getting his first taste of senior football at Stamford Bridge in 2001 with Ranieri in charge.

Though he didn't begin to get proper game time until what turned out to be the 63-year-old's final season in West London, the former Stoke man was able to give a little insight into how Leicester might tweak their playing style under their new boss.

“I was only 17 at the time and he [Ranieri] let me train with the first team from just before my 17th birthday," Huth told the Leicester website. “That was good first team experience at that young age and he gave me my debut.

“He’s slightly different in that he likes to set up a little more defensively and start with a clean sheets. That’s something we’re keen to do – stay solid – and maybe score a few more goals.

“The way we finished last season was tremendous and we'll try to keep it tight at the back and score a few more goals up front.”

As the defender says, Ranieri will be looking to carry on the outstanding form the Foxes put together at the end of the last campaign, when they won seven of their last nine games.

And part of that will be an increased focus on defensive stability, something that the players have proved they can do with 5 clean sheets in that end of season run. 

Huth played a vital role in that form after joining on loan from the Potters in January, and it is likely he will be a key man at the back once again this season.

Time will tell whether the squad react well to Nigel Pearson's departure as manager this summer, given his reputation, or struggle under a boss who will be a much different kind of leader to his players.

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