Belfast Telegraph

Claudio Ranieri wants Leicester to keep enjoying home comforts

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri has called on the champions to maintain their home dominance.

The Foxes have not lost at the King Power Stadium in the Premier League since September 2015, a club-record 18-match unbeaten stand.

Their last defeat came in a 5-2 defeat to Arsenal, 371 days ago, and they host Southampton on Sunday aiming for a third straight home league win.

While Leicester have been beaten by Tottenham and Chelsea in cup competitions in 2016, Ranieri has lost just 14 of 96 Premier League home matches with former club Chelsea and the Foxes combined, and he is eager to stretch the latter's record.

He said: "I hope to continue not making mistakes at home. This match is very important though, we have to be careful.

"We have make sure we continue to be solid at home, now we need to improve away. Maybe we've made some little mistakes away but I spoke with the players and I believe they understood my ideas and why we made the mistakes.

"I'm happy because when our fans come to King Power Stadium it's good, they say: 'at home we're very strong' and that's good."

Southampton drew 0-0 at Hapoel Be'er Sheeva in the Europa League on Thursday and lost 1-0 at the King Power during Leicester's title-winning run-in.

The Foxes beat Porto 1-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday and Ranieri wants them to bring their European form into the league after suffering three defeats already this season.

"I watched them on Thursday and they played very well, very solid, good positioning and are very dangerous," he said.

"It'll be a very tough match but it's good. We are up and down, in the Premier League we are so-so but in the Champions League we are good.

"You know I want the consistency, that was one of the keys of last season so I want to see the same spirit of the last match.

"There's no magic formula but we showed good concentration against Porto. Is it the music? Don't they like the Premier League music?

"I hope we can we can get a few matches in a row with a clean sheet."

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