European men­tal­ity can spur do­mes­tic re­vival, says Ranieri

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International -

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.”

/REUTERS

Le­ices­ter City man­ager Clau­dio Ranieri dur­ing their Uefa Cham­pi­ons League match against FC Copen­hagen.

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