Saturday 25 November 2017

Kasper Schmeichel slams 'embarrassing' Leicester but denies rumours of rift between Claudio Ranieri and some players

Leicester City's Kasper Schmeichel looks dejected. Reuters / Darren Staples
Leicester City's Kasper Schmeichel looks dejected. Reuters / Darren Staples Newsdesk Newsdesk

Kasper Schmeichel admits Leicester's Premier League title defence has been "embarrassing" and believes his side are in serious danger of being relegated following defeat to Manchester United.

The Foxes, still without a goal in 2017, end the weekend a point above the drop zone after goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Juan Mata gave United a comfortable 3-0 victory at the King Power Stadium.

Goalkeeper Schmeichel told Sky Sports: "It's not good enough and it sums our season up at the moment.

"Let's not talk about last season, last season's gone, as you can clearly see.

"We need to stand up and be counted. This season from top to bottom hasn't been good enough.

"It's not a situation that's comfortable at all. We're the reigning champions and quite frankly it's been terrible, it's been embarrassing.

"We have to improve right now. It's time for every single one of us, right from the top to the bottom of this club to stand up and be counted because if we don't we're going to end up getting relegated and nobody wants that."

When asked about a supposed rift between some of Leicester's players and manager Claudio Ranieri, Schmeichel added: "I'm not going to comment on any newspaper speculation. I know what's going on in the dressing room.

"We're a group of players who are low on confidence but certainly not low on fight. We'll fight to the end, whatever that might be but I can guarantee every player in there is hurting."

Boss Ranieri dismissed speculation that he has a problem with some of his players.

"Last season is something terrific, now we're Leicester, every time we have to fight, that's it," he said.

"We're together, I have full confidence in the players and also the players are confident with me. They are happy with me."

Sunday's win moved United to within two points of the top four as they push for a return to the Champions League.

Manager Jose Mourinho, who felt the success was straightforward, shrugged off suggestions that midfielder Mata could have been sent off.

The Spaniard was booked for a late tackle on Jamie Vardy while the game was still goalless but Mourinho insists it his side who are getting a raw deal from referees.

"I have to look on TV but if I compare that with what Bravo (goalkeeper Claudio) did to (Wayne) Rooney in the Man City game, there is no possible point of comparison," he said.

"During the season everything really is going against us. If today is a doubtful decision, it is probably one of the few where we were not punished by bad decisions."

The Portuguese added: "We didn't have the best start. Then we started having control, we moved the ball well, we create chances, we score goals.

"We arrive at half-time with a 2-0 result and then we controlled the game and it was quite easy."

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