Ranieri urges Leicester to reverse Premier League form following European joy

first_imgClaudio Ranieri has urged his Leicester players to forget about the Champions League until March, as the Foxes’ domestic results need serious improvement.Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Club Brugge secured the Premier League champions’ place in the last 16 of Europe’s premier competition, with one game to spare.Four wins from five group games have sent the Foxes through to the knockout stages, but these results are in stark contrast to the form the club has shown in domestic football.Following Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Watford, Ranieri’s men sit 14th in the Premier League table, with their three wins in 12 games seeing them sit only TWO points clear of the relegation places.And whilst it is an ongoing joke to suggest Leicester will win the Champions League AND be relegated in the same season, the Italian manager has no plans to see his club slip closer towards a return to the Championship.Speaking after the victory over Brugge, Ranieri insisted the message for his players was to now forget about European football, as although they still have to play Porto in the group stage, there is no important Champions League match for Leicester until the knockout stages begin in March.The 65-year-old said: “The dream now is to change our fate in the Premier League. I am a very pragmatic man. I want more points in the Premier League.“Now we have to think about the Premier League, as we are so close to the relegation [places].“And that is what we have to change. We have to change our mentality now.“Until March – except the Porto match – the Champions League is done.”last_img read more