Friday 9 December 2016

It Is Time For Us To Show That Fighting Spirit Says Claudio Ranieri

Claudio Ranieri has demanded his Leicester City players show the same fight that won them the Premier League last season. Ranieri made 10 changes to his side for the 5-0 defeat to Porto on Wednesday, having already qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League and with Manchester City the visitors to the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

Hovering just two points above the relegation zone in the Premier League, the Leicester boss would not be drawn on the recent form of key players who steered the Foxes to the title last season, but demanded his team not give up their league crown without a fight.
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Ranieri said “I don't want to talk about the key players, I speak about the team, OK? And they know, the players, they know very well for me the result in something beside, not the focus. I want them to play well, to play for the team, to fight, to be strong, competitive, that it what I want. No more. But if you lost this, how can you win? I think now not (even) the best players can win without... fight. That is my idea about football, because last season, we won because some teams didn't fight as well as us. And then we must come back, not to win the title, but to defend the title, to not be in the relegation zone. That is what we want to do.”

Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, Islam Slimani and Andy King are all expected to return against City after being left at home for the loss in Portugal, while Robert Huth should start after being rested in midweek due to a minor back injury. Skipper Wes Morgan is likely to be the only player retained from the Estadio do Dragao as Danny Drinkwater serves the final game of his domestic three-match ban. 

Leicester have not won in the top flight since October 22 when they beat Crystal Palace 3-1, but Ranieri pointed to previous Premier League champions Chelsea when questioned on the Foxes' downturn in form. 

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