Sunday 4 December 2016

Ranieri's dream start continues

West Ham 1 Leicester City 2

Mark Bryans

Published 16/08/2015 | 02:30

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri applauds the fans before the Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri applauds the fans before the Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester

Claudio Ranieri played down Leicester's position as early Premier League pacesetters as his side made it two wins out of two.

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The Foxes sprung a surprise at Upton Park as goals from Shinji Okazaki and Riyad Mahrez were enough to see them beat the Hammers. Dimitri Payet reduced the deficit for the home side as they looked to recover from a poor first half.

The win for Leicester saw them replace Manchester United as league leaders on Saturday evening but, for Ranieri, the fact they have already accrued six points is much more important.

"I look at the table and then I say 'okay, us, six points'," he said. "That is important for us, not to be top of the league. That is for others, not me. I don't think too much. I look at my players, I train my players... they can win, they can draw, they can lose."

"I want to maintain a low profile. We can't think we are top of the league," he added.

Having been the better side in the first half, Leicester were forced back after the break but did not fold after conceding, and held on for the win.

"In the second half we suffered a lot," added the Italian. "First half, we played well; ball on the floor, play quickly, two touches and I think we surprised West Ham. Afterwards, it was normal, West Ham play at home, want to draw the match, and we conceded a lot of the pitch to them."

Hammers manager Slaven Bilic bemoaned his side's slow first-half performance, but pointed the finger at a rejected penalty shout on the stroke of half-time, as Kasper Schmeichel and Diafra Sakho came together, as a potential turning point.

"We lost the game in the first half - we were better in the second," conceded Bilic.

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