‘I’m a very honest man, Southampton deserved to win’ – Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri admits his side got lucky
The Foxes were largely dominated by their opponents in Sunday afternoon’s Premier League clash and had wasteful finishing by the Saints to thank for securing a scarcely deserved point.
The Saints missed a number of chances in front of goal through Steven Davis, Nathan Redmond and in particular Charlie Austin, who proved to be the away side’s biggest threat, going closest with a thunderous effort in the first half that rattled the post.
And Ranieri knew his side were fortunate to come away with a result having failed to deal with Southampton’s greater energy during the match.
“I’m a very honest man, today Southampton deserved to win,” Ranieri told talkSPORT.
“We played good in the first half [but] we conceded a great chance to [Charlie] Austin when he hit the post. We created two or three chances, we covered the pitch very well and we knew they move the ball quickly.
“But in the second half, they played much better than us and created more chances than us. I’m very happy for the point and the clean sheet.”
Leicester last tasted defeat in a home Premier League fixture over a year ago and Ranieri was content to continue that record in the midst of last weekend’s 4-1 thrashing against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
“Of course, if you get a clean sheet your confidence grows and this is important. The point, the clean sheet – at the end of the match I am happy.”
Following last season’s heroics, Leicester have so far struggled to replicate their outstanding Premier League performances this season. The Foxes trail league leaders Manchester City by eight points heading into the international break in what has been a mixed start domestically.
But Ranieri, having seen his side take on the extra load of a Champions League campaign, is happy with how his team are shaping up.
“I was waiting for this kind of problem and for this reason I am very calm and concentrated on what we are doing and what we have to do.”