Claudio Ranieri Admits Concern Over Leicester's Poor Away Form Following Chelsea Defeat

Published on: 16 October 2016

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranierihas admitted he cannot explain his side's poor performances on the road this season following the club's defeat at Chelsea at the weekend, reportedSky Sports.

The Foxes, who only lost three times in total last season, have lost all four of their Premier League away games in this campaign, the latest of which was a 3-0 thrashing by Antonio Conte's Blues on Saturday.

Chelsea 3-0 Leicester FT:

Shots: 16-5
Pass accuracy: 84%-78%
Chances created: 13-3
Possession: 55%-45%

Blown away.

"The body language is not good. Last season, I didn't see this body language. We have to react. I want positive men," Ranieri said.

"It's not the energy of the power, but the energy of the mentality. It's not pizza, it's not beer. You have to be used to [playing] in the Champions League or the [Europa] League and then you take your training sessions.

"When we play away, we are not so competitive, it's very strange. Last season we were so solid, so strong, so concentrated, very, very hungry and now we have to change our mind.

"Last season, we were not in this world, we were out of this world. And now we come back into the world and we have to react."

Leicester became the first #PL champions to lose their first four away games of the season since Blackburn in 1995-96.

"What happened last season (winning the league by 10 points) is's not possible, it's crazy. Now we are normal. We are normal Leicester, who have to fight," the Italian continued, clearly trying to galvanise his players.

Saturday's result at Stamford Bridge followed an away defeat against Hull City, as well as 4-1 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool and Manchester United, with the Foxes having conceded thirteen goals in their four away matches in the league already.

The champions are clearly struggling to deal with the demands of midweek European football, as well as the fact that they have a target on their back as the side that everybody wants to beat.

However, they have two wins from their two Champions League matches so far, and Ranieri will be hoping his side continues their good European form when they host FC Copenhagen on Tuesday night.