Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri hoping to seeks a tonic against Derby in the FA Cup
Thai chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha has pleaded with boss Claudio Ranieri to not worry about cups and give him 40 points pronto.
But Ranieri, who just been made an honorary Doctor of Arts degree, says his ailing champions are under the doctor's orders to serve up an FA Cup tonic by beating local rivals Derby tonight.
Foxes owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha has urges Ranieri to make getting 40 points his priority
"You don't have to call me doctor – it's my players who need the doctor!" said Ranieri, whose Leicester travel to Championship promotion hopefuls Derby with only one domestic away win all season – the FA Cup win at Goodison in the last round.
"My chairman said to me, '40 points, 40 points please'. If something happens after that, that's OK but 40 points. Is he worried? No, but he's not happy. He's the chairman so that's normal.
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"But he knows that, for me, every match is important and that's why I want to put out as strong a team as possible to beat Derby.
"We want to go through but know it will be a battle. We need to go through to the next round and hopefully that will give us some confidence because we have lost so many matches."