Leicester City manager claims Kasabian song ‘Fire’ turned team into ‘warriors’ before Sunderland win

Claudio Ranieri cites local band as team beat Sunderland 4-2 in first game of Premier League season

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

Ranieri’s side beat Sunderland 4-2 at their own 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.

“I think I know the Leicester fans very well. They are [passionate] supporters and I told my players ‘when you go on the pitch and you hear the song from Kasabian, that means they want warriors.’ I want to see them as warriors for the fans,” he told Foxes Player Vision HD.

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“Kasabian are a fantastic rock band from Leicester and I think the guitar man, Serge, is Italian. It’s good and I think they (the fans) love fighters. We are fighters,” he added. “I’m very pleased with the performance of the players. I wanted fighters and warriors and this is important for me because there will be matches where you draw or lose because this is football. You have to fight, and they did fight.”

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.

Ahead of their festival headline slot, the band will play Edinburgh Corn Exchange on August 20.

Kasabian recently headlined T in the Park in Strathallan Castle, Scotland. It was the third time in five years the Leicester band have headlined the festival.