Ranieri believes squad can overcome current struggles

      

Ranieri believes squad can overcome current struggles

Picture: Nazionale Calcio

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has backed his players to do a repeat of last season and  fight off relegation threat.

The Foxes have performed in total contrast to last season’s title-winning heroics so far and are currently a single point above the relegation zone, coming off a devastating 3-0 defeat to Manchester Untied. But Ranieri is still hopeful and believes that if they have done it before, they can do it again.

“This club, these players came from the bottom to win the title.” Ranieri said. “They made all the steps and and for this season I am very confident.

“These players are warriors. They have already lived this situation. They know the problem, they know the enemy. Never before in my career did I win a title. I can say thank you all life to the players.”

Leicester have failed to fill the gap left by their star-player N’golo Kante departing for Chelsea in the summer, despite bringing in two defensive midfielders Nampalys Mendy and Ahmed Musa.

The make or break for the Foxes’s season is likely to lie in their surviving cup dreams. They face Derby County in the FA Cup fourth round tomorrow while they travel to Sevilla in two weeks time for the Champions League Round of 16.

 

 

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Premier League 2017/18

# Team P GD Pts
1 Manchester City FC 23 50 62
2 Manchester United FC 23 32 50
3 Liverpool FC 23 26 47
4 Chelsea FC 23 25 47
5 Tottenham Hotspur FC 23 25 44
6 Arsenal FC 23 11 39
7 Burnley FC 23 -1 34
8 Leicester City FC 23 2 31
9 Everton FC 23 -13 27
10 Watford FC 23 -9 26
11 West Ham United FC 23 -12 25
12 Crystal Palace FC 23 -12 25
13 AFC Bournemouth 23 -11 24
14 Huddersfield Town 23 -20 24
15 Newcastle United FC 23 -10 23
16 Brighton & Hove Albion 23 -12 23
17 Southampton FC 23 -11 21
18 Stoke City FC 23 -27 20
19 West Bromwich Albion FC 23 -12 19
20 Swansea City FC 23 -21 17