The Foxes are wounded, but Ranieri is a believer

| 12th Feb 2017

The Foxes are wounded, but Ranieri is a believer

Claudio Ranieri has reiterated his belief that Leicester City can turn their form around after a tough 2-0 Premier League defeat to Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday evening.

In a tight encounter, the Foxes were struck down with two goals shortly before half-time courtesy of Alfie Mawson and Martin Olsson, once again giving them a mountain to climb after the break.

They pushed hard for goals in the second half but just could not break down a stubborn Swans backline – substitute Islam Slimani going closest when Lukas Fabianski saved his close range effort.

The result sees the home side leapfrog the Foxes in the league table with Leicester now facing an Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round tie with Millwall next Saturday in an effort to recapture some form before the UEFA Champions League restarts.

Ranieri urged his side not to get too down after defeat as he insisted that together they can achieve positive results sooner rather than later.

“I think we started well with good concentration,” reflected Ranieri. “We created two or three counter attacks but lost our final chance. The first shot they scored. In this period everything is the same. The second chance, they shot and scored again.

“We continued to believe and created a chance with Islam Slimani and another through Jamie Vardy, but we must be calm. We lost our shape and confidence and we have to stay calm. We have more or less one hour to play. It’s important to be strong. We have to find a solution.

“It’s difficult to say it’s mental. When I speak to them (the players) everybody wants to react and do something positive to help each other. I believe in my team. We must continue to fight and sooner or later we will get out of this.

“When I speak with the players and they speak with me, we are always confident we can change the situation. Now, there are two matches. One in the FA Cup and Champions League. Our mind is on the Premier League, not the FA Cup or Champions League.

“The strength is to have the right balance. Not to be so high when you win and so down when you lose. You can remember what we did last season, but we have to stay with your feet on the ground and react together. They (the players) believe, they want to react and they want to do something better.”