Manager Reaction

Wednesday 5 December 2018 22:46

Claudio Ranieri believes that a draw was a fair result, as his former and current team played out a 1-1 stalemate at Craven Cottage.

Both Fulham and Leicester City carved out numerous openings that could have easily yielded more than two goals, and for that reason our Manager is satisfied with the result.

“I think the draw is right,” he said. “It’s right because they created one great chance at the beginning and Sergio Rico made a fantastic save, and they had another chance.

“In the second half we started much better, we had chances to score. Suddenly, they made a good combination and drew the match.

“After this, they had another three great chances. I think we shot at goal 25 times. One point is much better than nothing.

“In the second half we played much better because the players did what I asked and created Leicester some difficulties, but in the end it was a draw.

“Well done to both teams.”

A golden opening fell the way of Denis Odoi in the fourth minute of stoppage time, but he was unable to control his shot in the area as a high ball dropped into his path.

“Yeah, we had a final chance,” Ranieri said. “If he shot better, or if he passed the ball to Mitrović in the middle, that’s it.

“Maybe it’s not the right moment, but we continue to progress and I’m very happy with our performance.

“Of course, we made some mistakes, but even the big teams make mistakes. At this moment, when we make a mistake, the opponent score a goal.

“Sooner or later, we’ll win. I’m sure of it.”

The fixture pit Ranieri against the Foxes for the first time since he led them to the 2016 Premier League title.

Understandably it was a poignant occasion for him, but the Italian insisted that his focus switched solely to the game as soon as the first whistle was blown.

“Look, it was a very emotional match for me,” he admitted. “Both Fulham and Leicester fans sang my name in the beginning and end of the match.

“The emotion was just at the beginning. When the game started, I just concentrated on my team – it’s normal.”