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Ranieri: Let's show our title-winning qualities

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri insists the next two months will define the Foxes' season.

The champions are just two points above the relegation zone only seven months after winning the Premier League in one of sport's biggest shocks.

They lost 5-0 in their final Champions League Group G game in Porto on Wednesday, having already qualified for the last 16, and now have a break from Europe until February.

Ranieri is only too keen for the Foxes, who host Manchester City tomorrow morning (Singapore time), to focus on salvaging their poor domestic season.

KEY MOMENT

He said: "This part of the season is our key moment.

"The players aren't satisfied, they want to play better and fight more, but it's important to fight together as a team.

"Do you see the same team from last season? I don't see, we have to react, to come back."

Leicester have not won in the top flight since beating Crystal Palace 3-1 in October, their only win in their last eight league games.

Pep Guardiola's City have won just four of their last 14 games and have slipped to fourth in the Premier League, four points behind leaders Chelsea.

Sergio Aguero is banned for this game, but Ranieri knows City have talent in abundance.

"There are so many champions, there is Kevin de Bruyne, there is David Silva, there is Kelechi Iheanacho, there are so many," said Ranieri.

RESTED AND READY

Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez, Robert Huth, Andy King and Islam Slimani will all return after being rested for the trip to Porto. - PA SPORT

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