Sunday 23 September 2018

Drinkwater: Ranieri still has players' support

Swansea City's Alfie Mawson
Swansea City's Alfie Mawson
Claudio Ranieri

Danny Drinkwater insisted Claudio Ranieri has the support of the dressing room after another loss in the Premier League.

The champions went down 2-0 at Swansea, taking them down to 17th in the table and one point from safety after last year's sensational campaign.

Goals from Alfie Mawson and Martin Olsson mean Leicester have claimed just a single point in 2017, but Drinkwater is adamant the players are behind Ranieri.

He said: "It's down to us on the pitch what happens. The manager has our support and we have his support.

"It's about time we showed that belief and push ourselves a bit more."

He added: "It's hard to put into words but we need to get out of this and keep on fighting. We need to keep pushing ourselves and make sure we turn this around.

"We're a bunch of honest lads. We work hard and are more disappointed than everyone. We know it's not acceptable and need to get things right quickly.

"We've not changed much, it seems to be we're not getting the rub of the green but we believe in ourselves as a bunch of lads so as long as we keep our heads up, it will come."

Ranieri admitted afterwards that his side are lacking confidence after a run of five games without a goal since the turn of the year.

The Italian manager received a vote of confidence from the board earlier in the week, but was unable to back up an FA Cup win over Derby against Swansea. "We have two problems," he said. "Conceding goals and not scoring.

"That is our problem but we have to stick together to find a solution because it's not possible to continue like this.

"The machine is not broken. But when you don't play at the maximum level it is difficult to win the battle. They were more determined than us."

Olsson praised the impact of Paul Clement after the Swans picked up a fourth league win in six games since the former Derby boss took over.

"We are working hard in training. There is an intensity in training," he said.

Fellow goalscorer Mawson added: "We are working really hard. He's come in and changed a few things.

"I don't think a lot of the players have ever worked so hard but we felt fit and against Leicester you have to be fit, and we over powered them."

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