English Premiership

Ranieri refuses to blame Drinkwater for defeat

2016-11-07 18:58
Danny Drinkwater (Getty Images

London - Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri refused to lay the blame for their 2-1 loss to West Brom on Sunday at the feet of midfielder Danny Drinkwater.

The England international played a miscued back pass that gifted Matt Phillips with the opportunity to score the winner for the Baggies, handing the Foxes their first league defeat at home since September 2015.

However, Ranieri didn't point any fingers at Drinkwater, and is confident the midfielder will soon bounce back.

"Danny has said nothing. Every player can make a mistake, what can you say to him. He is one of our best players. No problem he overcomes that, of course," the Leicester manager said in a post-match interview.

"I am very sorry we lost our unbeaten record at home. We knew it would be a tough match against West Brom.

"I don't know if they need rest but 80% of my players go to international teams. They don't have rest. They travel and when they come back it is two days before the Watford match. We have to work."

Leicester have found it increasingly difficult to juggle the added fixtures of Premiership and Champions League matches with their league form especially suffering as the Foxes find themselves in 14th position on the log.

Ranieri's men however have been faring much better in the Champions League as they are top of Group G with ten points, needing just one more point to secure a place in the knockout stages of the competition.

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