Ranieri eager for reaction to Leicester defeat

Date published: Sunday 27th September 2015 12:05

Claudio Ranieri expressed the importance of a reaction for Leicester after they suffered their first defeat of the season against Arsenal.

An Alexis Sanchez hat-trick inspired a 5-2 victory for Arsenal on Saturday, bringing to an end Leicester’s 12-game unbeaten run stretching back to April.

The Italian believes his side were worthy opponents against the Gunners, but eventually succumbed to the quality that Arsene Wenger’s men boast.

“The first half was a good, open match,” said Ranieri. “We scored one goal, touched the post and crossbar and they scored two goals.

“I was very worried about their transition on the counter-attack because they have quality, pace, everything.

“I am pleased with my players because they never gave up and Cech made a very good save.

“We are sad because we wanted to continue to be unbeaten but when you play against Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City, it’s extra teams for us.

“It’s important to learn something but now the reaction is important in the next match.

“It was difficult in the second half,” admitted Ranieri. “I tried to close the space in the middle with another midfielder but they scored the third goal. When you stay against this kind of team with a lot of quality and play one, two touches it’s difficult to press.

“We showed the maximum character. The quality of the Arsenal players is very high. We tried to do our best and created good chances, some were unlucky, Cech made a good save and it’s important how we react in the next match.”

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