Leicester ready to risk it all for title push: Ranieri

Claudio Ranieri has warned everybody that he is ready to make any kind of a gamble for Leicester’s title challenge.

Ranieri also said he will always gamble searching for a win rather than just being satisfied to leave with a point in tight matches during the run-in.

It is certainly one of the reasons why Leicester have so far become the people’s champions from surprise package  in the Premier League’s title race this term as they continue to remain bold and defy the odds.

Leicester manager Ranieri took a huge risk when he substituted fully back Daniel Amartey and brought in striker Leonardo Ulloa who eventually got the last gasp winner.

Ranieri said: “I took a lot of risks. I said: ‘In or out – it’s not important now.’ One point is nothing – we have to WIN today. You can lose but it’s only one point less than a draw.

“We took the risk but the manager is hired for this reason, to take a risk.”

Ranieri’s side now face West Brom at home on Tuesday with one of the more favourable fixtures than their title rivals. But Italian manager thinks Leicester’s title chances will only become clear in the next month.

Ranieri further said: “I understand everyone asks will we win the title? I don’t know. Let me now get past the next four matches, then I might say something more! I can’t tell you too much for another month.

“Yes but now it was important for us to re-start and re-start well. It wasn’t important whether we played well or played badly, what was important was to take a victory.”

Meanwhile, Leicester midfielder N’Golo Kante will miss the West Brom match with a hamstring problem.

Despite losing the match, Norwich, at least, deserved a point from a game in which Leicester really struggled to cope with an opponent who operated with a three-man central defence and most of the time sat deep.

The Foxes found themselves in an unusual position of having plenty of the ball (this was only the third time this season when Leicester have had the most possession in a match) but looked to some extent confused what to do with it at times; it was the 58th minute when Vardy had their first shot on target.

It is a scenario Leicester may have to adapt to the rest of the season, starting with West Brom’s visit on Tuesday.


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