Ranieri ‘very pleased’ with Foxes display

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri expressed his delight at keeping a clean sheet against Manchester City in a goalless draw at the King Power Stadium on Monday.

The Foxes had suffered only their second defeat of the Premier League season on Boxing Day when they narrowly lost 1-0 to Liverpool at Anfield.

But Ranieri's side bounced back with a hard-fought point against City, which took them level on 39 points with Arsenal at the top of the standings at the halfway stage of the campaign.

The Italian praised the workrate of his players as they denied the Citizens space, and he even threw on another striker in an attempt to go for victory.

"I'm very pleased but I'm also very pleased with a clean sheet against these great champions. I think we showed a very good performance and after the Liverpool defeat we've played so well," he told Foxes Player HD.

"We played calm, fast and pressed high when it was possible. When it wasn't possible we closed very well the space with good shape and everybody played very good football.

"We closed all the space. We made a little mistake [in the last game at Liverpool] and [Christian] Benteke scored a goal but tonight we closed very well when they passed the ball back in their defensive line.

"I wanted to close very well the space between the lines and between the defensive and midfield lines because they play with a lot of midfielders – [David] Silva and [Kevin] De Bruyne – a lot of players around this area.

"I wanted to close this area and help my central defenders. Then I saw in the second half we can do something better. Win or lose for me it was the same and the team responded very well. I wanted to put on another striker to try to win."

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