Ranieri gamble pays off

LEICESTER. – Claudio Ranieri savoured a gamble that paid rich dividends after Leicester City got their English Premier League soccer title challenge back on track by beating Norwich City. Ranieri rolled the dice by sending on Leonardo Ulloa in place of defender Daniel Amertey in a bold attempt to break down Norwich’s brave resistance in Saturday’s encounter, and it did the trick.

Ulloa slid home an 89th-minute winner to give the Premier League leaders a hard-fought 1-0 victory that gave them a five-point lead at the top of the table.

“It was a good choice,” said the Leicester manager with a wry smile.

“I tried to make some changes to spread out their defensive line with (Jeff) Schlupp on the left and Riyad (Mahrez) on the right and after I also put on Ulloa because I needed another goalscorer in the box.

“Leonardo is happy, everybody is happy because the team are at the top of the league. Everyone would like to play, but it is not possible.

“As I have said many times, we have a fantastic dressing room. All of my players believe in the project and back their team-mates when they are playing well. When I need some changes, they are ready to come in.”

Ranieri was not surprised that his side had to work so hard to claim the three points and praised Norwich for the way in which they battled for so long. – AFP

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