Claudio Ranieri rules out Leicester City hangover at Norwich City

Leicester City's manager Claudio Ranieri expects a strong response to a first real setback on his wa

Leicester City's manager Claudio Ranieri expects a strong response to a first real setback on his watch at Norwich City. Photo: Paul Harding/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

Claudio Ranieri shares Alex Neil's view that Leicester's Premier League visit to Norwich City could produce fireworks.

Both clubs have scored and conceded goals in the opening weeks of the new campaign and the Foxes head to Carrow Road after leaking five against Arsenal in their first defeat since the Italian took over.

'Norwich is a good team and they have a good relationship on the pitch. It's important to show a very good character there,' he said

'They are also looking for a clean sheet. Maybe there are two options. Either a fantastic match, 3-3, or perhaps the first clean sheet for both teams.

'With the opponent, it's not important the name, we just want to play.


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'I was waiting for this (first defeat). Of course I wanted players to believe they could do more. They gave everything on pitch, we lost the last match to Arsenal – well done Arsenal, but we played a good match.

'Our fans were happy – of course not for the result – but how we fight. That is important.

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'If I remember well, all the goals were on the counter attack. We must be very attentive because some goals we can stop at the beginning of the action. Sometimes we wanted to go on the counter attack but they stopped us very well. Now it's important not to think about international break, only speak about Norwich.

Ranieri expects no hangover from his side's Gunners' mauling.

'I was a fighting player and I want this spirit in my players,' he said. 'Skill without passion and spirit, is difficult to play.

'The players are very concentrated and all the training sessions are very focused. I want to see them on the pitch because it is too easy to speak about it. It's good to play, good to react. The result is another thing because we can play well and lose the match, but it is important for players to show they can recover. We are ready, we are working hard and we can't wait for the match.'

The Foxes are the Premier League's top scorers this season under the pragmatic Italian.

'I'm Italian but I'm a strange Italian,' he said. 'My philosophy is rather win 2-1 and score one more than the opposition.'

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