Ranieri only targeting Premier League safety

Date published: Monday 14th September 2015 11:36

Claudio Ranieri Leicester

Claudio Ranieri is refusing to get carried away with Leicester’s form after beating Aston Villa, with the Italian still hoping to steer the Foxes clear of relegation.

Leicester launched an astonishing comeback from two goals down with under 20 minutes to play to stun Villa with three late goals, keeping their unbeaten start to the Premier League season intact.

The Foxes now sit second in the table behind only Manchester City, but Ranieri insists that avoiding relegation is the club’s only aim at this early stage.

“I told the players we have 11 points, with 29 less [for safety],” he said. “I don’t know when we achieve these 29 points but the sooner [the better], that is our goal. At the moment we want to think only to save the team.

“It’s fantastic. Fantastic spirit and good character,” the Italian told Sky Sports. “After 2-0 I watched my players but they believed that anything was possible and that’s the spirit I love. You can lose but it’s important to fight until the end of the match.

“This victory is very important to restart well and get three points. It’s fantastic.

“I have a lot of experience but this group is fantastic. We must play every match in this way.”

Ranieri reserved particular praise for man of the match Riyad Mahrez and Nathan Dyer, who scored the winning goal.

“Mahrez is in very good condition and when he touches the ball, something important for us could happen. And Nathan Dyer was every time a very good threat,” he told BBC Sport.

“It was a fantastic second half. We know they played better early on but after 2-0 we started to play with our spirit and it was a very fantastic match.

“We scored a good first goal that gave confidence to everybody and maybe Villa players were wondering what could happen now.”

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