Leicester City goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has said on Sky Sports News, broadcast on March 21 at 10.15am, that manager Claudio Ranieri found it difficult to watch the Foxes concede so many goals during the early stages of the season.
With seven games remaining, the East Midlands outfit currently sit five points clear of the Premier League table but despite the club moving towards the brink of achieving one of the most remarkable top-flight title wins in recent memory, Schwarzer has admitted that their Italian boss was less than impressed with their defending in the opening two months.
During their first nine fixtures, Leicester won 16 points but they also failed to keep a clean sheet, with 17 goals being conceded as the team relied on goals at the other end of the pitch.
In recent weeks, Leicester have shown that they are capable of grinding out results, with four of their last matches ending in a 1-0 success, but Schwarzer has acknowledged that their improvement in that area of their game materialised from how open they were earlier in the season.
The Australian stopper said: "Initially, it was kind of the way that we were playing. We played a lot more open football, we attacked on all fronts, and whenever we got the opportunity to go forward with the ball, we did. That was obviously one of our strengths in our team with our chances to counter-attack teams.
"I think one thing that really annoyed the manager was conceding so many goals. As an Italian and someone who prides himself on being defensively very strong, he was pulling his hair out at times. I think that's why he also brought it to the front about the joke about taking us for pizza when we kept a clean sheet.
"Once we hit that first clean sheet, it was probably seven or eight games in, possibly even longer, I think it cemented the idea in a lot of people's minds that keeping a clean sheet is obviously important but it is a great foundation to build upon. We have players in our team that will always score goals and if you can keep a clean sheet, as it has shown more recently when the season gets tighter and the pressure starts to mount, you can win games by the odd goal and we have been doing that recently."
Leicester are next in action on April 3 when they host Southampton at the King Power Stadium.