English Premiership

Ranieri happy despite defeat

2017-01-15 16:22
Claudio Ranieri (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri claims he was happy with his side's performance even though they fell to a heavy 3-0 defeat to Chelsea on Saturday.

The Foxes were sunk by two goals from Marcos Alonso with, Pedro bagging the third, to allow the Blues to move seven points clear at the top of the table, while Leicester look set for a tough battle against relegation this term.

Despite the side being the wrong end of the table to defend their title and the heavy defeat on Saturday, Ranieri was able to find positives in his side's display.

"I'm happy with the performance - we tried to do our best," he said.

"Of course, I'm not happy that we conceded a goal at the beginning of the first half and the beginning of the second half, but if you take out those two goals, the match was good for us.

"We closed the space, we mirrored Chelsea with a 3-5-2 and it was good.

"From the beginning we have been looking over our shoulder but we are in good condition and I am sure now we can get some more points.

"The mentality is right, we fight. This team is used to fighting. Three seasons ago they fight to win the Championship, two seasons ago they were battling against relegation and in the end they survived and last season they won the title. These players know how to fight."


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