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Friday, 20 October, 2000, 15:52 GMT 16:52 UK
Ranieri: They don't understand me
Claudio Ranieri and Chelsea
Ranieri (centre) is having problems
Chelsea's Italian coach Claudio Ranieri has admitted that his players find it hard to understand him.

Ranieri, who joined the club after Gianluca Vialli's sacking, speaks very little English which is the common spoken language amongst the foreign stars at Stamford Bridge.

The former Athletico Madrid coach is currently taking English lessons but for the meantime has to rely on assistant coach Ray Wilkins, who has played in Italy's Serie A, to translate during training sessions and on matchdays.

"It is sometimes very difficult to transmit my ideas across to the players because of the language barrier," said Ranieri.

Widely spoken

"Often the meaning of what I am trying to say gets lost in translation and that can be very frustrating for a manager. I gesticulate a lot, I am very expressive and that works up to a point."

Not all the overseas stars at the club speak Italian, in fact only six members are of Italian heritage and out of that number Gianfranco Zola is the only fit first team-regular.

There are some players who have played in Serie A but on the whole English is more widely spoken at the club than Italian.

"When you have five or six players trying to translate it can be a bit crazy. It becomes difficult and the team meetings are tough," said Uruguyan midfielder Gustavo Poyet.

Pressure is slowly mounting on Ranieri with Chelsea only having won one of four games since he took charge.

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