Manager Reaction

Saturday 15 December 2018 20:21

Claudio Ranieri is looking for a reaction, after the Whites fell to a 0-2 defeat at home to West Ham United.

After an encouraging start to the game, two first-half goals against the run of play from the Hammers did all the damage and gave the visitors maximum points at Craven Cottage. 

“I think that our half first was the best,” said Ranieri.

“We created a lot of chances and shot at goal a lot. Of course, in the second half, two-nil against a team full of confidence, with experienced players, it was very difficult for us. We showed a very good will, but it wasn’t enough.

“I’m disappointed about the two goals we conceded, but also when we missed chances - we shot at goal sixteen times.

“We need to be more effective and have to score. They created two counter attacks and they scored. We created something more, but we didn’t score.

“I can’t say anything today because they tried to do their best. Of course, when you play against a team with experience, quality and confidence, you try to do your best and we tried, but after two counter-attacks, they scored twice.

“In the second-half, it was difficult. They have experienced players and slowed down the tempo. Every time we looked to create, we became a little more nervous to score a goal.

“When you play a team who take one or two touches, it’s difficult to press - we ran a lot.

“I saw my players fighting until the end, until the last second. When they slowed the tempo, took possession and moved the ball, it’s not easy.

“They scored very easily, twice. We have to take time and stay calm, but we wanted to get the ball immediately which is not right. I explained during a training session, about staying calm and taking the ball at the right moment. It’s one thing to do it in training, it’s another to do it in a match.

“It’s difficult to say our first half an hour was good because they scored twice, but if you saw our first match against Southampton and our second home match against Leicester, I think this was the best

“I need to give all my confidence to my players and continue to work hard during training. They understand where they’ve made mistakes.

“We need to stay together. I have a very good dressing room and the players are together. At this moment, it’s important to stay calm and react.”