English Premiership

'We aren't ready yet to play as we did last season'

2016-08-08 14:41
Claudio Ranieri (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri was not overly concerned with his side's narrow 2-1 loss to Manchester United in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's 83rd minute header sealed the win for United after Jamie Vardy's 52nd effort had cancelled out Jesse Lingard's 32nd minute opener in an enthralling encounter watched by a full house at the national arena.

And while the Premier League champions were unable to win the annual season curtain-raiser, they will surely be ready to kick off the defence of their title away to newly-promoted Hull City on Saturday.

After the match, Ranieri told LCFC TV: "I'm very pleased with our performance. I made my congratulations to my players.

"We aren't ready yet to play as we did last season but we played well, especially in the second-half.

"Maybe in the first-half we were a little more shy because it was so hot and difficult to run. In the second half we pushed a lot and we tried to score. We did and I think at the minimum we deserved to arrive at the penalty shootout."

Overall the former Chelsea and Inter boss said he was proud and happy that his side had showed the type of effort and commitment that saw them make history last season.

"I'm very proud and I'm very happy because we worked so hard. I told the players that we aren't ready yet, but give me 120 percent. Help each other and run for your team-mates. They did this and I'm very pleased."

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