Performance versus result — it’s an age-old debate that rages just about every time a positive instance of the former is met with a negative instance of the latter.
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For Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri, the performance remains of the utmost importance, despite the fact his side finds itself in the most unlikely of Premier League title challenges. When Leicester drew 1-1 with bottom-of-the-league Aston Villa on Saturday, Ranieri stuck by the message he’s preached all season long — quotes from Leicester’s official website:
“We lost two points tonight. We started very well, we scored a goal, but after missing the penalty the Aston Villa players took a new energy. If we score a second goal, we close the match.
“In the second half, we expected them to look for the long ball. It was a battle, but we were very calm, very attentive.”
“We are sad tonight, but I say to the players, if we make a performance the result is not important for me.
“The performance tonight was good. We played well in the first half. The second half was a battle and we played in the battle. We conceded a goal because the referee didn’t see the handball but that’s ok. It can happen.”
The draw was enough to put the Foxes back on top of the PL, but in the end will undoubtedly go down as two points lost, as Ranieri says. Manchester City won on Saturday, bringing them to within a point of Leicester, while Arsenal are away to Stoke City on Sunday, with a chance to go two points clear at the top of the table.