European mentality can spur domestic revival, says Ranieri
LONDON / Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has asked for a change in mentality to revive the club’s Premier League campaign which is in stark contrast to their impressive Champions League form.
Champions Leicester sit 13th in the Premier League after a mixed start to the season while being on the brink of entering the Champions League knockout rounds after three group stage wins.
Leicester host ninth-placed Crystal Palace at the King Power Stadium tomorro. “We cannot continue in this way and our goal is to change our concentration in the Premier League,” Ranieri told British media.
“When you are playing in the Champions League, your mind is more concentrated, you are more focused on the match. “You lose something when you play in the league, that is normal, but I hope we can change this soon. I am very proud on one side, while in the Premier League I’m very hungry.
“We are in a good position (in Europe) and our destiny is in our own hands. We have to stay calm now and change our mentality in the Premier League because Palace will be a very tough match.”
Defender Danny Simpson has insisted the Foxes can recreate last season’s stunning form and dismissed criticism over their title defence.
“Listen, this side can go like last season’s side can go,” said the right-back. “We’ve signed a load of new players - we can go where we want. We’ve just got to do it in both competitions. The record we’ve got in the Champions League is great, but we’ve got to make sure we replicate that in the league and we need to push up the table.”
“We don’t listen to what’s said out there. We’re a group. We have our meetings, we speak among ourselves - we’re an honest group of lads and we don’t like losing no matter what competition it is. It’s pride.”
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri during their Uefa Champions League match against FC Copenhagen.