Norwich City will be a tougher nut to crack than Arsenal, claims Ranieri

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri. Photo: PA

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri. Photo: PA - Credit: PA

Claudio Ranieri has promised his Leicester City a scrap against Norwich City today, with both clubs desperate for the Premier League points.

Leicester remain two points clear at the summit but slipped to a stoppage-time defeat at title rivals Arsenal while the Canaries are only outside the relegation zone on goal difference.

The experienced Italian is in no doubt facing Norwich is likely to be every bit as tough as their previous trip to the Gunners.

'They are refreshed and they are ready for the fight,' he said.

'I told them the Arsenal match is easier than against Norwich.

'It's a big battle Saturday and we must be concentrated. I think Arsenal think to play and want to win.

'Also for the mentality, you are very concentrated against Arsenal but I want to see my players (show) the same concentration – very hungry, because we lost the match at the last second.'

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Leicester will look to complete a league double over Alex Neil's squad after Jamie Vardy and Jeffrey Schlupp were on target in a 2-1 win at Carrow Road.

'I remember the first match, we had great chances at the beginning. We scored twice but then they fought a lot. They put a lot of balls into our box. We conceded a goal and they continued to press well,' he said.

'I am expecting the same match. They will want to play close and they will want to counter-attack. They have good players who can play forward and they will try to put the ball to (Dieumerci) Mbokani. We must be very concentrated and focused on our job.'

Ranieri believes the Foxes' next five games hold the key to their title chances, with Norwich's visit followed by games against West Brom, Watford, Newcastle and Crystal Palace.

'The next five matches are the turn – then the run-in and the goal is there. I think this is the key moment for us,' he said.

'I'm very focused on these five matches – after we can say where we are, 'We are here, ok, keep going', or 'No, what happened?'. Now we have to think about these five matches. I look always forward, to the top, never behind.'