Ranieri happy with Foxes’ fighting qualities

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri hailed the return of the fighting qualities that took Leicester to the Premier League title after seeing his side battle to earn a 1-1 draw at Spurs on Saturday.

Ahmed Musa equalised for the Foxes early in the second half after a Vincent Janssen penalty had given Spurs a first-half lead.

“So far we’d shown an individual spirit but today I saw the old spirit, the team spirit that we created last season and helped us to achieve something,” Ranieri said.

“It was good, a good performance against a fantastic team.

“During the week I talked to my players and I saw our spirit. But that’s only words, and the answer on the pitch was fantastic.

“When we play with this spirit we are fighters, and we are fighters together. We’ve finished thinking about something different, and now we are back together.”

The Italian was full of praise for Nigerian Musa, who hit the net for the second successive game after struggling early on in the season.

“Musa is a good player and slowly starting to understand the Premier League. He saw the ball arrive and was very strong,” Ranieri said.

Ranieri also suggested that Tottenham striker Janssen had gone down too easily under Robert Huth’s challenge to win the home side’s penalty.

“In my opinion when the free-kick was taken there was a foul on Huth stronger than Huth made to Janssen. But it’s okay, it’s no excuse,” he said.