Ranieri pleased with pre-season showing

Ranieri pleased with pre-season showing

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri says he is satisfied at his side’s display despite falling 2-1 to Manchester United in the FA Community Shield on Sunday.

“I’m very pleased with our performance. We are in pre-season and we played against a big big team. I think we deserve, at a minimum, to play a penalty shootout. But that’s football.

“When you have Zlatan Ibrahimovic you know know that he maybe doesn’t touch many balls, but (when he gets) one right then he’ll score a goal,” the Italian said.

The Italian tactician admitted the Foxes were tentative going forward in the first half as they rounded off their preparations for their Premier League title defence, with a view of hitting better form before taking on newly promoted Hull City next Saturday.

“Maybe in the first half we were a little shy but it was very very hot and was difficult for us to press everywhere. And also we are in pre-season. For this reason I am very pleased with our performance,” the Foxes boss added post-match.

And Ranieri didn’t rule out the possibility of making some more signings before the close-season transfer deadline but reiterated he is content with how his current crop coped with the big-spending United.

“At this moment, the [transfer] market is not closed. I won’t tell you; ‘yes we are looking [for new players]’, but if something good for us happens, then okay, why not? But I’m happy with this squad.”