Ranieri won’t panic

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

CLAU­DIO RANIERI ad­mits Le­ices­ter are go­ing through a bad pe­riod but in­sists there is no prob­lem with the spirit of his side de­spite their alarm­ing slide down the Premier League.

Last sea­son’s shock cham­pi­ons have strug­gled to re­cap­ture the form that de­liv­ered the ti­tle to the King Power sta­dium and now sit just two points above the rel­e­ga­tion zone with al­most a third of the sea­son gone.

An Eti­enne Capoue strike af­ter just 32 sec­onds paved the way for a 2-1 de­feat at Watford on Satur­day that ex­tended Le­ices­ter’s dis­mal run of form away from home.

But Ranieri is adamant his team is ca­pa­ble of turn­ing things around.

“It’s just a bad pe­riod now. This pe­riod shows how big was last sea­son. That’s it,” he said.

“Now we are in 2016-17 and we have to re­act, to keep go­ing with this pe­riod, but of course stay stronger and con­cen­trate from the be­gin­ning of the match ev­ery time.

And Ranieri added: “There is no prob­lem with away matches. It’s a prob­lem when we con­cede a goal.

“But I’m very pleased with our performance. The spirit of the team is fan­tas­tic. I’m proud of them.”

Roberto Pereyra net­ted Watford’s sec­ond af­ter 12 min­utes and while Riyad Mahrez brought Le­ices­ter back into the game with a penalty three min­utes later, Ranieri’s side con­tin­ued to look vul­ner­a­ble and were un­able to find an equaliser.

For Watford man­ager Wal­ter Mazzarri, the win was the per­fect re­sponse to the 6-1 de­feat at Liver­pool last time out.

“I’m happy to win. Mainly I’m happy with the performance be­cause the team played as I like,” he said. Es­pe­cially af­ter the big de­feat against Liver­pool. The play­ers showed they are a great team.

Mazzarri claimed vic­tory over his fel­low Ital­ian coach but in­sisted the two teams adopt a very dif­fer­ent style.

“Le­ices­ter play sim­i­lar to other English teams,” he said. “We are the ones who have brought a dif­fer­ent type of foot­ball to Eng­land.” – AFP

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