Manager Claudio Ranieri has given thumps up to Ahmed Musa and his Leicester City teammates despite the loss suffered in the hands of Manchester United at Wembley on Sunday.
Ranieri praised the desire of his players even as he said that Sunday’s game ought to have stretched into penalties.
The Coach highlighted the positives from an encouraging display from the champions; adding that they are in good frame of mind going into the season.
“I am pleased with our performance,” the Italian said. “We are still in pre-season and we played against a big team.
“I think we at least deserved to play a penalty shoot-out, but this is football.
He continued: ”
I’m very pleased with our performance. I have congratulated my players. We aren’t ready yet to play as we did last season but we played well, especially in the second half.
“Maybe in the first half we were a little shy because it was so hot and difficult to run. In the second half we pushed a lot and we tried to score. We did and I think at the minimum we deserved to arrive at the penalty shootout.
“I’m very proud and I’m very happy because we worked so hard. I told the players that we aren’t ready yet, but give me 120 per cent. Help each other and run for your team-mates. They did this and I’m very pleased.
Nigeria international, Musa had a glorious chance to score at the Wembley stadium on Sunday but he fluffed the opportunity as Leicester City lost 1-2 to Manchester United in the season-opener
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