Ranieri calm even as travels prove fruitless

LONDON • Leicester have lost all four of their Premier League away games this season, but coach Claudio Ranieri has everything under control ahead of today's visit to Tottenham, said defender Christian Fuchs.

"The manager is very relaxed and easy going," said the left-back. "He has a lot of experience and it's not always the case when something is going wrong that you have to scream at everybody.

"Sometimes being calm... helps a lot as well. Ranieri definitely knows when to do what."

Fuchs is confident Leicester can improve their form on the road at White Hart Lane against the team who posed their biggest threat in last season's title race, and are the Premier League's only remaining unbeaten side.

"Spurs are good at keeping the ball and have a lot of possession, they're a solid side and they're a big team in England," said the Austrian. "For us, like we always do, we're analysing their games and finding their weaknesses and their strengths so that we know what's coming up.

"But most of all we are focusing on our own game, even though that hasn't been so good away from home this season."

Leicester put in a much improved display against Crystal Palace last weekend, which allowed them to climb to 12th in the standings, and their manager said he saw signs that the team were getting back to their best.

"Against Crystal Palace, we were back to our philosophy, I recognised my players again. I want to continue in this way," the Italian told a news conference on Thursday. "I think sooner or later we go back to winning."

As Leicester go for back-to-back wins for the first time this season or at least their maiden away point, Ranieri said of their fifth-placed north London opponents: "We know it will be a good match. Tottenham are a fantastic team. Last year they were very close to us and will continue to fight for the title."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 29, 2016, with the headline 'Ranieri calm even as travels prove fruitless'. Print Edition | Subscribe