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Ranieri: ‘We tried to win’

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri was left disappointed as the champions fell 2-1 to newcomers Hull City on Saturday.

Hull took the lead against the run of play in stoppage time of the first half through Adama Diomande. Riyad Mahrez grabbed an early equalizer for the Foxes from the penalty spot, but Robert Snodgrass found a winner for the Tigers in the 57th minute. It was the first time in the Premier League era that a defending champion had opened with a loss.

“We tried to win. We created good chances – good chances to score,” Ranieri told LCFC TV after the game. “We were unlucky and then from a corner, we weren’t maybe so smart and they were smart to score the first goal.

“We equalized immediately from the start of the second half and when we went on the counter attack, we lost the ball on halfway and they scored again.

“After that it was a very tough match and we tried to do our best but we made a lot of effort individually, but not so well as a team.

“I’m very pleased with the number of chances we created but of course I want to see a team. Our strength is as a team. Today we were better, harder, but not like a team.

“When I played with four strikers it was important to play with [Ahmed] Musa and Riyad [Mahrez] very wide. They wanted to score and they went very close.

“This season is harder. It’s harder but we must compete very well. Better than today with more attitude and motivation because that is our strength.”

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