English Premiership

Ranieri: Okazaki is Leicester's alarm clock

2016-10-28 19:00
Shinji Okazaki (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Shinji Okazaki is pivotal to waking up the rest of his Leicester City team-mates and spurring them into action, says manager Claudio Ranieri.

The Japan international returned to the Leicester starting XI for last weekend's clash against Crystal Palace and was on the scoresheet, as the reigning Premier League champions secured a first win in four games.

But Ranieri was equally impressed by Okazaki's non-stop work-rate, which he believes was contagious in spreading throughout the rest of the team.

"He [Okazaki] is a hard worker," said Ranieri. "Sometimes he's not so close to goal, but when the ball is around the box, Shinji is always there.

"He is important for the team because he presses a lot - he is our dilly ding, dilly dong. He wakes up our players - he has the bell."

Okazaki took the place of last season's top scorer Jamie Vardy against Palace - leaving Ranieri with a welcome selection for tomorrow's trip to Spurs.

"Against Crystal Palace we went back to our old philosophy, everybody closed, everybody with the same discipline and I recognised them again," Ranieri added.

"It's important we don't go back and stay this way. But everything can affect you - it's normal. They are humans, not machines."

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Sunday, 23 September 2018
West Ham United v Chelsea, London Stadium 14:30
Arsenal v Everton, Emirates Stadium 17:00
Saturday, 29 September 2018
West Ham United v Manchester United, London Stadium 13:30
Arsenal v Watford, Emirates Stadium 16:00
Manchester City v Brighton & Hove Albion, Etihad Stadium 16:00
Everton v Fulham, Goodison Park 16:00
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Southampton, Molineux Stadium 16:00
Newcastle United v Leicester City, St. James' Park 16:00
Huddersfield Town v Tottenham Hotspur, The John Smith's Stadium 16:00
Chelsea v Liverpool, Stamford Bridge 18:30
Sunday, 30 September 2018
Cardiff City v Burnley, Cardiff City Stadium 17:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2018/19 season?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.