Ranieri encouraged by Leicester heart

Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri praised his struggling side on Wednesday after the Foxes fought back to grab an away goal against Sevilla in the first leg of their Champions League Last 16 tie.

Ranieri said he was delighted by his side’s heart after Jamie Vardy's away goal gave them hope in a 2-1 defeat at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Goals from Pablo Sarabia and Joaquin Correa had put Sevilla in control before Vardy’s first Champions League goal – and his first strike in more than two months gave Leicester a crucial away goal.

Ranieri had spoken of how a good performance could inspire his side as they battle relegation from the Premier League just months after their shock title win, and the Italian was equally positive after the final whistle.

"We knew they are better than us with high quality," said Ranieri. "They keep possession of the ball, but we suffered.

"They showed their quality. We showed our big heart, big organisation and belief, we never gave up and I'm very satisfied.

"At the end, if we are a little more calm we can do something more on the counter-attack but it was very important for the match at home and everything is open.

"We suffered but we are ready to do battle.

"For us it is important to continue to show our performance, to show our football.

"They can score in every moment, but now we know what we have and we can play better maybe."

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