Ranieri still targeting survival with Leicester

Date published: Monday 5th October 2015 10:42

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Claudio Ranieri insists Leicester’s current Premier League aim remains survival despite returning to winning ways against Norwich.

Goals from Jamie Vardy and Jeff Schlupp put the Foxes into a commanding position before Dieumerci Mbokani gave the home side hope when he scored after 66 minutes. But the Foxes saw out the win to maintain their impressive start to the Premier League season.

After the game, a delighted Ranieri said: “For me, it’s important to maintain the English spirit in the team. We have very good English players, but also the others.

“Today was a battle, we knew that after our defeat against Arsenal we wanted a good performance and I’m satisfied – I like it when there is a battle.

“I think there could have been a lot of penalties. On every corner a player takes a shirt and it was difficult.”

“The second goal was fantastic because we knew Norwich were pushing hard and were very strong, so it was important to score again.

“But we created eight or nine chances and it was a good match for the fans.”

Ranieri added: “The second half was battle but we have six or seven chances to score. We need to concentrate more on the last pass.

“Vardy had a good performance but so did everyone else. I thought ‘oh my, god, he is injured seriously’ but he is OK and stable now.

“We have 15 points, 25 less than we need. After we get that, we will see what happens.”

Leicester goalscorer Schlupp added: “We deserved the three points. It was a penalty, we looked at it at half time on the laptop.

“Jamie Vardy is never shy to step up. We knew how fast they would come out in the second half. We countered them and got the goal when we did so it helped us settle the match.”

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