Leicester City’s Claudio Ranieri hopes Foxes can take momentum into 2016

first_imgLeicester City will go into the new year level on points with table-toppers Arsenal after drawing with Manchester City. It finished goalless at the King Power in Tuesday’s top-of-the-table clash and the point puts Claudio Ranieri’s Foxes behind the Gunners on just goal difference. Leicester lost their 10-game unbeaten record with a 1-0 defeat to Liverpool on Boxing Day, leaving some observers to wonder if their challenge at the top was about to falter.But Claudio Ranieri’s team silenced their critics with another superb performance as they more than held their own against Pellegrini’s men.Ranieri said: “I think we made a very good match. It was difficult but we played well, we created some chances.“I wanted to see how my players responded after the Liverpool defeat and they responded well.“This league is very crazy. I think the big teams have to stay at a high level, but sometimes it means nobody wants to win the league – it’s very strange this league.“It’s not easy for us but we want to fight with everybody. It’s a miracle what we’re doing.“I’d love this to continue but it’s not easy. I’d like my players to continue to fight like today. It’s fantastic.“I can only say well done to our players and our fans are unbelievable, they support us and they push us.”last_img read more

Shakespeare DESERVES to stay as Leicester City boss, Cottee tells talkSPORT

first_imgCraig Shakespeare deserves to be handed the Leicester City job full-time, according to former Foxes star Tony Cottee.The 53-year-old, who took over from Claudio Ranieri in February, has guided last season’s Premier League champions away from relegation danger and to the Champions League quarter-finals.His short-term contract expires this summer but, with eight wins from his 14 games in charge, Cottee hopes to see Shakespeare given an extended deal.Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “I think he deserves the job.“I didn’t agree with the Ranieri sacking but, to be fair, they got it spot on because they have stayed up and Craig Shakespeare has done a fantastic job.“If the players are happy, if they are enjoying their football again and they are getting results, which they have been, then give Craig Shakespeare the job.“If it doesn’t work out at the start of the season, then perhaps look at an alternative.“He deserves the chance for what he has done. Let’s not forget how well they have played in the Champions League as well to get to the quarter-finals.“He deserves the job and I think a lot of Leicester fans will be disappointed if he is not given the chance.”last_img read more