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Kasabian humbled by 'ultimate' compliment from Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri

Ranieri claimed band's song 'Fire' spurred his team on to victory against Sunderland

Jordan Hughes

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Kasabian's Serge Pizzorno has said that hearing the band's being cited as an inspiration to Leicester City is the "ultimate" compliment to him.

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said that Kasabian song 'Fire' helped spur his team to victory against Sunderland in the opening day of the Premier League on Saturday (August 8).

Ranieri's side beat Sunderland 4-2 at the King Power Stadium with goals from Jamie Vardy, Marc Albrighton, and a brace from Riyad Mahrez. Speaking after the game, the team's new Italian manager said that he told the team to turn into "warriors" when they ran out onto the pitch to the Kasabian song.

"Kasabian are a fantastic rock band from Leicester and I think the guitar man, Serge, is Italian," the manager added. "It's good and I think they [the fans] love fighters. We are fighters."

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Speaking to 5 live Sport yesterday (August 12), Pizzrono was humbled by the compliment. "I think that's up there with the ultimate, I could give all my awards up for that," he said. "That will do me. It was the first game as well. For him to say that on Match Of The Day was just, wow.

"The form we were on at the back of last season, you prayed that we could just carry on but it seems we have a bit more. To be 3-0 up at half-time on the first day of the season was just incredible."

Both Serge Pizzorno and Tom Meighan of the band are Leicester City fans with Pizzorno known as a talented amateur player who once had trials with Nottingham Forest.

Later this month (August) Kasabian headline V Festival. The event takes place at Weston Park, Staffordshire and Hylands Park, Essex on August 22 and 23, with the band set to be joined on the bill by the likes of Mark Ronson, Calvin Harris, Sam Smith, Stereophonics, Chvrches, Ellie Goulding, George Ezra, The Kooks and James Bay.
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