Ranieri encouraged by UCL start, hopes Leicester can turn around domestic form

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The reigning champions haven’t had the type of carry over they had hoped for in the Premier League, but Claudio Ranieri‘s side continues to click in UEFA Champions League play.

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Following Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Copenhagen, Leicester City remained unbeaten in UCL action, taking nine points out of a possible nine in the team’s first three matches.

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Meanwhile, the Foxes sit 13th in the PL table and 11 points off the pace set by Manchester City and Arsenal. Ranieri believes that while the club’s domestic start hasn’t been ideal that the Foxes can still turn it around despite the amount of energy exerted during UCL play.

“It’s just psychological because when we play in the Champions League, they’re switched on, they’re smart, focused in every situation,” Ranieri said. “You pay for this — you spend a lot of energy, mental energy in Champions League games, then you come back a little more down. It’s normal. But we want to change this mood because it’s important for us now the Premier League.

“The Premier League is our priority but also of course the Champions League because now in one month, three matches and we’re in or out. We are in a good position — our destiny is in our hands. We want to continue in this way.”

The Foxes will return to PL action on Saturday when Ranieri and co. host Crystal Palace from the King Power Stadium.