Claudio Ranieri wants "angry" Leicester response to Emirates defeat

Leicester City

The Italian wants his players to react fiercely to the Arsenal loss, and insists Norwich City fixture will be a tougher test than facing the Gunners.

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has told reporters in his pre-Norwich City press conference that he is expecting an "angry" reaction to losing in the last minute against Arsenal last time out, as quoted by the club's Twitter account.

The Foxes' lead at the top of the Premier League table was cut to just two points as Danny Welbeck struck a last-gasp winner for the hosts at the Emirates Stadium two weeks ago.

Although that was a damaging result, Leicester are still in the driving seat in the title race, particularly with joint-second place sides the Gunners and Tottenham Hotspur facing each other in the North London derby in a week's time.

Ranieri knows the importance of his side rebuilding momentum immediately, and called for an angry reaction to the manner of that defeat ahead of a tough test against Norwich.

He told reporters, as quoted by Leicester's Twitter account: "I told my players that it will be a big battle on Saturday. It will be harder than against Arsenal.

"I want to see my players concentrated and angry because of the way we lost in the last minute. We want to grow and stay at a high level. Now, we have to manage the pressure and have the confidence. It’s new for us.

"Now we are looking forward. The five matches next for us, I believe they can be key in our season."

Leicester have a rather kind run of fixtures ahead, and they host West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday night in a second home game in four days after entertaining the Canaries.

In fact, of the Foxes' next five Premier League matches, only one is against a team currently in the top half, in the form of ninth-place Watford.

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