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EPL: Leicester's Claudio Ranieri wants points, not plaudits

Leicester: Claudio Ranieri said he is happy to settle for points rather than plaudits after Leicester City maintained their remarkable title challenge with an ugly 1-0 win over lowly Norwich City on Saturday.

Claudio Ranieri
Claudio Ranieri

Ranieri's side moved five points clear at the top of the Premier League thanks to Leonardo Ulloa's 89th-minute strike. Although Leicester were well below their best in a nervous display, the victory kept the Foxes on course to become the most unlikely champions in English football history.

Ranieri insisted he is willing to sacrifice praise from the pundits for the more tangible reward of putting points on the board. "You cannot always play well, it's not important to play well or not, it's important to take points," Ranieri said.

Leicester City's striker Leonardo Ulloa celebrates a goal against Nowrich City in their EPL match on Saturday. Pic/AFP
Leicester City's striker Leonardo Ulloa celebrates a goal against Nowrich City in their EPL match on Saturday. Pic/AFP

"We believe in ourselves, we believe until the end that it's important to fight. We lost a match in the last second against Arsenal and now we won in the last minute. That's football.

"We expected a battle. I want to say well done to Norwich because it was a good battle. The first half we tried to find a solution but it was difficult because Norwich played to maintain the clean sheet. "With 20 minutes to go it was an open match; we can score, they can score. I tried to make some changes to spread out the defensive line. It was a good choice."

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