Claudio Ranieri urges Leicester City to regain Premier League focus

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Claudio Ranieri urges Leicester City to regain Premier League focus

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SportsCafe Desk

01/13/2017

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has urged his boys to regain focus and lift their quality of play in the English Premier League this season after the reigning champions dropped down to 15th in the standings after 20 games, only six points ahead of the bottom three after losing nine games.

“It's not been easy, but luck has played a part too. Last season, every time our opponents created chances they missed them, but now they're all going in," Ranieri told FIFA website.

“It's also true, though, that we maybe haven't been as focused in the Premier League because we've been thinking that we'll bounce back from every defeat without any problem. It's been different in the Champions League. It's a new tournament for us, and shorter too, which has helped us to focus.”

Ranieri was honoured by FIFA with the best coach of the year award for 2016.

“I have a lot of passion and I think I'm good at getting that across to my players. You might say that I have the key to unlocking players' minds, though not all of them,” he said.

“It pains me when I can't make it happen... I think that's the secret, because when you're working at the highest level it's vital that you show the players how much you love the game and that you convince them to do the same.”

Leicester City will host Chelsea on Saturday.

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