Claudio Ranieri believes Leicester Citys shock title triumph has restored his reputation in the minds of his critics ahead of an emotional return to former club Chelsea this Sunday. The 64-year-olds appointment last July was heavily criticised by pundits and former players alike, but the Italians side have since undergone an extraordinary transformation from relegation favourites to Premier League champions.Sacked at Chelsea by owner Roman Abramovich in 2004 after failing to deliver the title and replaced by Jose Mourinho, Ranieri insisted he didnt covet acclaim from his former employers following his achievements with Leicester. Now I have won the Premier League, maybe everyone looks more positively at what I did, Ranieri said Friday ahead of Leicesters match against last seasons Premier League champions.It changed not my mind but maybe other minds. I was so happy before because I know very well how I work and what I achieve before, he added.It is not important for to me to have credit, it was so important to bring another team (to the top), to show my passion to the team. I think life is full of opportunity, I think it is important to take the right opportunity. Chelsea return thrills Ranieri Chelsea return thrills Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri for Premier League showdown Ranieri said his return to west London, where he spent four moderately successful years at Stamford Bridge, would be an emotional occasion.As Chelsea drew 2-2 with Tottenham Hotspur just under a fortnight ago, a result which confirmed Leicester had won the first top-tier title in the Midlands clubs 132-year history, home supporters were heard chanting the affable Ranieris name throughout.It is amazing. I have been back there with Juventus in the Champions League but this time is different because this time it is with Leicester, another English club, said Ranieri.It is emotional, I hope my old fans are happy. When I came here I said the last match is at Chelsea... wow. Now I come back as a champion. Its a good story.Sunday will also be a farewell for Chelseas interim boss Guus Hiddink Claudio Ranieri hopes his performance in helping Leicester winning the Premier League will help change peoples perception of him in football The Dutchman, who won the 2009 FA Cup during his first caretaker spell, brought stability, but still has only one home win in the Premier League.The Blues drew 1-1 at Liverpool on Wednesday and are 10 points behind the Reds, who are one position above them in eighth.Chelsea could finish 10th, if Stoke beat West Ham, but are unlikely to drop to 11th as Swansea, who play Manchester City, are three points behind and have a far inferior goal difference.In general Im happy with this last half-year. I did it with a lot of joy, Hiddink said.For Chelsea standards it has been a season with deception. We managed to come back and were happy to, but its not enough for Chelsea standards.Its now relatively quiet in the club. We have to go on and be very competitive next season. Chelsea reveal they have offered captain John Terry a new one-year contract Team newsDiego Costa is out of the game with a hamstring injury and Hiddink is uncertain whether the Spain striker will recover to play at this summers European Championships.Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is available following illness, while a late decision will be made on Branislav Ivanovic, who missed the draw at Liverpool with a groin problem.Meanwhile, Branislav Ivanovic may return from a groin injury, but Loic Remy and Kurt Zouma are out and John Terry is still suspended.Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater is available after suspension, but Robert Huth is still serving his ban.Jamie Vardy is expected to feature despite suffering cramp in his hamstrings last weekend.Opta stats Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink is unsure if captain John Terry will sign a new one-year contract offered by the club Chelsea had won six straight league games against Leicester City before the Foxes 2-1 win back in December.Leicester have lost just two of their last 21 Premier League away games (W13 D6 L2).The Foxes will end the season with the most points away from home in the Premier League this season (38 currently).Chelsea have won just five Premier League games at home this season; against the bottom four and Arsenal.The Blues have gone 11 Premier League matches at Stamford Bridge without a clean sheet.Mersons prediction Jamie Redknapp joins Ed Chamberlin to preview all Sundays action in the Premier League Which Eden Hazard is playing? If he turns up like he has done in recent weeks then it will be a different game. He has been unbelievable recently, his performance against Liverpool was one of the best of the season, that was what he was doing most weeks last year when they won the title.It will be an open and entertaining game, Leicester wont want to end their season on a losing note so there should be goals.PAUL PREDICTS: 2-2 (11/1 with Sky Bet)BettingSky Bet have priced up Chelsea at 5/4 to beat Leicester, with the champions available at 2/1 to cap their remarkable season with a win over last years victors, while the draw is available at 13/5.Chelseas Eden Hazzard has started to rediscover his best form heading into the Euros and Sky Sports pundit Matt Le Tissier is backing the Belgian to score the games first goal and his prediction is priced at 7/1. Logan Stanley Jersey . Manuel was offered a position the day he was fired. He accepted earlier this week and the team made the announcement Friday. 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"Its still the same cranky Phil.Man City fan Noel Gallagher hopes Manuel Pellegrini changes his approach for the Capital One Cup final after Citys heavy defeat to Liverpool earlier this season. Pellegrinis side were three goals down after 32 minutes at the Etihad Stadium in November, and eventually lost 4-1 as Liverpool put together one of their most impressive displays of the season under Jurgen Klopp.Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino each found the net as they ran rampant in the first half, and as the two sides prepare to meet again at Wembley this weekend, Gallagher fears a repeat performance. If both managers employ the same tactics, the outcome will be the same, he told Jamie Carragher in a sit-down interview for Soccer AM.All the big managers have had Citys number this season, and its very easy to play against us. You give our centre-half the ball, they all come up to the halfway line, and you pounce on them.Daniel Sturridge being back is not good for us, but Pellegrini has to learn from that game because if he plays the same way the outcome will be the same. Aguero v Sturridge Key battle: Sergio Aguero v Daniel Sturridge If Liverpool put out their strongest team, and City do the same, it will be very close.dddddddddddd I wouldnt be surprised if it went to extra time. I think Liverpool are the coming team, so Im not really going there expecting to win. Im going there more in hope.Hit play above to watch a sneak peak of Carraghers sit-down interview with Gallagher, and tune in to Soccer AM at 10am on Saturday to see the full version. An extended 30-minute interview will also be on Sky Sports 2 at 8pm and 10.30pm on Saturday and on Sky Sports 1 at 9am on Sunday ahead of the final. Also See: Title rivals on Sky Sports Redknapps cup final preview Aguero v Sturridge Will Liverpool beat City? 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