Nobody wants to win the league: Ranieri



    Dec 31, 2015

    Nobody wants to win the league: Ranieri


    LEICESTER City manager Claudio Ranieri has underscored the unpredictable nature of the English Premier League this season, stating that it seemed as if "nobody wants to win the league".

    Ranieri's football side failed to regain top spot after a goalless draw at home against Manchester City on Tuesday, which kept Leicester behind Arsenal only on goal difference.

    The surge of smaller teams as well as sides eyeing a maiden league triumph have opened up the league at the halfway stage.

    Tottenham Hotspur, in with a chance of winning their first title, are placed fourth while Crystal Palace, who finished 10th last season, are at fifth spot.

    Promoted side Watford too have put their hat in the top-half mix, placed eighth, after stitching up four wins on the trot.

    "This league is very crazy. I think the big teams have to stay at a high level but sometimes it means nobody wants to win the league - it's very strange this league," Ranieri told BT Sport after the City game.

    "It's not easy for us but we want to fight with everybody. It's a miracle what we are doing."

    Despite dropping points at home, the Italian was happy with his team's performance against City, particularly after Saturday's defeat by Liverpool.

    "I'm very pleased but I'm also very pleased with a clean sheet against these great champions (City). I think we showed a very good performance and after the Liverpool defeat, we've played so well," Ranieri told the club's website.

    The Italian also insisted that he went for a win against City.

    "I saw in the second half we can do something better. Win or lose for me it was the same and the team responded very well. I wanted to put on another striker to try to win," added Ranieri, whose side host Bournemouth next on Saturday.

    City could be without captain Vincent Kompany for up to four weeks with the calf injury that kept him out of Tuesday's game.

    Manager Manuel Pellegrini revealed that the Belgian centre-back faces another lengthy spell on the sidelines after limping off during the 4-1 Boxing Day win against Sunderland.

    Kompany had made his comeback as a substitute against the Black Cats after six weeks out with another calf injury and he watched the draw with Leicester from the stands at the King Power Stadium.

    "Vincent has an injury, a second degree of his calf," Pellegrini said. "It's not the same injury, the same calf but in a different part.

    "We hope he can recover as soon as he can but it's very important until we solve this to defend the way we did in this game."

    Pellegrini's side moved to within three points of leaders Arsenal but are now without a win in six away games in the Premier League - a record that has prevented them from building fully on their flying start to the season.

    They dominated long spells of the first half against Leicester but were unable to find a goal and found themselves forced back by the home side after the break.

    "We had more possession and attempts than Leicester and did more to win the game but if you can't win it's important not to lose," said Pellegrini. "We were very solid and defended well against a difficult team.

    "I'm not happy but I'm not disappointed either because we played well but didn't score."