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Ranieri hints at fatigue

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri said his side may have suffered from fatigue as they played a scoreless draw against Southampton on Sunday at the King Power Stadium.

City were pressed by Southampton, who had several good scoring chances. Charlie Austin had some of the best opportunities for the Saints, but was unable to convert. Ranieri was pleased to keep a clean sheet, but admitted that his side might be suffering from fatigue after playing midweek in the Champions League against Porto.

“It was a difficult match. I expected this kind of match,” Ranieri told the club’s official website. “They were very organized and deserved to win, but fortunately we played at home and our supporters gave us a lot of energy.

“They moved the ball quickly with short passes and for us it was very tough to press. In the first half we did this but in the second half we didn’t.

“Southampton played very well and when I think about when we play Champions League and then Premier League – we may be a little tired. Southampton played in Europe too but they changed seven players and played better than us today.

“Of course we got a clean sheet and one point. Slowly, slowly, it’s good.

“For this reason I said yes we can win. We made three chances to score but they created four or five chances to score. Also in the first half they touched the post with Austin. Today, Southampton were better than us.”

Ranieri hints at fatigue

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