Claudio Ranieri vows Foxes will show bite in every game

Claudio Ranieri has promised Leicester fans that his players will fight for the cause when the going gets tough.

Claudio Ranieri vows Foxes will show bite in every game

So far the Italian has enjoyed a perfect start to life as Foxes manager having seen his side win 2-1 at West Ham on Saturday to add to their opening-day victory over Sunderland.

Shinji Okazaki opened the scoring with his first goal for Leicester following his summer move from Mainz before Riyad Mahrez doubled their lead before the break.

Dimitri Payet pulled one back for the Hammers, who were much improved after the break, but Leicester hung on for the points as West Ham goalkeeper Adrian was sent off in stoppage time to.

The effort shown by his players during a difficult second half left an impression on Ranieri and the former Chelsea boss insists that mentality will remain.

“I love when the players give everything,” he said.

“That makes me very happy. Of course when you get the result it’s much better but when you give everything, you can have everything.

“The support is great too. We want to play well for the fans and we want to fight for them so hopefully they can be happy in every match. We may win, draw or lose, but we will fight in every match.”

Having seen West Ham open their season with a win over Arsenal, Ranieri knew what to expect from Bilic’s side as they looked to start their final campaign at Upton Park in style, but praised his players for how they coped.

“I want to say that my players were very concentrated on this match after the good result at home (against Sunderland),” he added.

“I told them that this is West Ham’s first match at home after winning at Arsenal and they’ll want to show their best performance. We prepared well and that was important for us.”

West Ham midfielder Mark Noble was keen to take as many positives from the defeat as possible.

“A lot of chances were created and we played a lot of good stuff,” he said.

“We lost the game so no one is going to care about how we played but, to us, it matters.

“There are a lot of positives. We played very well in the second half and should definitely have come away with a draw.

“We got caught cold by a couple of goals, but it could have been whole different story on another day.”

WEST HAM:

Adrian, Jenkinson, Reid, Ogbonna, Cresswell, Oxford (Obiang 46), Noble, Kouyate (Lanzini 76), Payet, Zarate (Maiga 83), Sakho.

LEICESTER:

Schmeichel, De Laet (Benalouane 66), Huth, Morgan, Schlupp, Mahrez (Fuchs 82), King, Drinkwater, Albrighton, Vardy, Okazaki (Kante 62).

Referee:

Anthony Taylor

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