English Premiership

Ranieri: The fairy tale is over

2017-02-05 16:49
Claudio Ranieri (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Claudio Ranieri says Leicester will only survive relegation if they face up to the reality that their fairy tale is over and start to believe in each other again.

The Foxes head into their Premier League clash with Manchester United on Sunday in 16th place with 21 points from 23 games, that includes just five wins all season.

They've lost their last three league ties, but Ranieri is adamant that with the right attitude they can improve on results.

He told Sky Sports: "I can understand what we did last season was something special, a fairy tale. 

"I was waiting for this kind of season last season. Then we made something extraordinary, out of the world. Everything was fantastic, everything was right.

"Everything now is wrong. Now you have to choose; if you are a loser, you say it's gone. If you aren't a loser you fight, you continue to fight, believe.

"I believe we can arrive, we must be together, together with the fans. The fans enjoyed last season and less so this season, but we are a family, we are strong.

"Now is the right time. I think we thought a lot of about what we did last season - everything was fantastic. And then we believed it was possible also this season. No, it's finished. The fairy tale has finished. Now it is the reality."

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