Claudio Ranieri wants Foxes to bounce back


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Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri insists his side must forget about their defeat to Liverpool on Boxing Day and focus on returning to winning ways.

The Foxes suffered their first defeat in 11 league matches when they were beaten 1-0 at Anfield, but they remain in the title hunt after picking up 38 points in their opening 18 matches of the campaign.

Ranieri is hopeful that his team can bounce back when they take on title rivals Manchester City at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday.

He said: “It is in our mind, we have to recover. It is a question of forgetting this result, of accepting it and moving on. We knew we had to lose eventually, so we must forget. It is how we react mentally now.”

The defeat on Merseyside raised questions about tiredness creeping into the Foxes squad, but the Italian insists he does not need to enter the transfer market in January.

Ranieri added: “I don’t think we are tired. We were nervous at the beginning and only played when we went a goal down. I have been asked many times will I make signings – ‘in the window, what’s happening?’ Nothing! We have a very good team and an incredible spirit.”

Leicester have only lost once at home this season although they face a tough task when they take on City, as they have failed to win any of the last six meetings between the two sides.

The Foxes are available at 4.00 to win, Manuel Pellegrini’s team are 1.85 and the draw is 3.80.

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