Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri backs Arsenal for title tilt

Claudio Ranieri

Leicester must lose their tag of comeback kings and play a “perfect match” if they are to beat Arsenal, according to manager Claudio Ranieri.

The Foxes have come from behind in their last four Premier League games to maintain their unbeaten start to the season — the only unblemished record remaining in the top flight.

The last two matches have seen Leicester go two goals down, but they overturned the deficit to beat Aston Villa and managed to salvage a draw against Stoke.

Ranieri’s side lead Arsenal in the table by two points going into Saturday’s match — but the Italian insists Arsene Wenger’s team are ready to mount a serious title tilt this season.

“Coming back from behind might be exciting, but it is not good. I would prefer to get in front and try to stay there,” said Ranieri. “We start well in every match and suddenly we make a mistake... It’s not easy to score goals when you go behind in matches. I’ve told the players how important concentration is.”

He added: “We are ready but Arsenal are a smart and fast team. They are fantastic, good quality and move the ball very well and very quickly. They will fight for the title, they are ready.”


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