Claudio Ranieri 'Very Angry' Over Leicester's Inability to Replicate UCL Form in Premier League

Published on: 18 October 2016

Claudio Ranieri has revealed that he is "very, very angry" at Leicester's inability to take their Champions League form into the Premier League.

The Foxes manager has been left exasperated by his side's inconsistent nature throughout 2016/17 so far, and told reporters after Leicester's 1-0 victory over FC Copenhagen that he wants his charges to begin showing their quality in the English top flight once more.

The Champions League triumph over the Danish outfit ensured that Leicester moved to within one win of progressing to the knockout stages of the competition, with three wins from three matches garnered thus far from their maiden campaign in UEFA's flagship club tournament.

By contrast, the King Power stadium-based side have lost half of their eight league matches already this term, shipping 14 goals in the process and currently languish 13th in the table.

It is this variability in Leicester's form that has irked Ranieri, and the ex-Chelsea and Greece boss called on his players to rectify their league form as soon as possible.

He said: "I'm very proud of the side from one side but from another, when I think of the Premier League, I am very, very angry.

How many previous English clubs have won their first 3 games in the European Cup without conceding a goal, as Leicester City now have?

"In my career this has happened. When you are in the big competition for the first time you grow and then you lose something when you go back into your own competition.

"When you play in the Champions League you are switched on, very, very smart and focused on every situation. You use up a lot of mental energy in the Champions League.

"We want to change this though because the Premier League is our priority."

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Leicester have already guaranteed themselves a place in the Europa League, in the event that their Champions League form implodes, thanks to victories over Porto, Club Brugge and Copenhagen.

Despite this, however, Ranieri insists his team must take things one step at a time - and urged attentions to now turn to their Premier League clash with Crystal Palace at the weekend.

He added: "It is good to go into the Europa League but we are in the Champions League and we go step by step. We have to stay calm now and change our mentality in the Premier League because we have Crystal Palace coming up - a tough, tough match."

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