The Foxes secured an unlikely championship tonight following Tottenham’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea.
Spurs had to beat the Blues to keep the title race alive going into the last two games of the season.
But they were unable to hold on to their two-goal lead, with Gary Cahill and Eden Hazard scoring for the former league champions to crown a new title holder.
Now Leicester, their players and fans are savouring an unforgettable achievement – and Ranieri has spoken to Italian TV following the victory.
He praised his players and admitted that he celebrated Hazard’s second-half equaliser.
But Ranieri reserved special mention for his compatriot Zola as he answered a question about flying the Italian flag in the Premier League.
He told Rai 3’s Processo del Lunedi show, via football-italia.net: “I gladly take on this responsibility. I like to give the credit to Gianfranco Zola, as when I was in charge of Chelsea, the fans of all the other teams applauded him.
“He was the greatest ambassador and representative of Italian football, so I like to remember him in these moments.”
Ranieri is already loved from his time at Stamford Bridge and he’ll certainly be thanking Chelsea for their helping hand tonight.
But his comments about Blues legend Zola are sure to endear him more to supporters of the London club.