Ranieri targets defensive enhancements at failing Fulham

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16 Nov 2018, 16:01 IST
Claudio Ranieri
New Fulham supervisor Claudio Ranieri

Claudio Ranieri will make defensive enchancment a precedence after taking cost of the Premier League’s backside aspect Fulham.

Ranieri was named by chairman Shahid Khan as Slavisa Jokanovic’s substitute on Wednesday, signing a “multi-year” contract at Craven Cottage.

The Italian’s arrival comes with the Cottagers having misplaced six straight Premier League video games, profitable solely as soon as and conceding 31 objectives, probably the most within the division.

Whereas Fulham have proven attacking functionality, downing Burnley 4-2 of their sole success, they’ve been significantly poor on the again and are but to maintain a clear sheet since sealing promotion from the Championship.

Ranieri memorably rewarded his Leicester Metropolis squad with pizza after they saved a primary clear sheet of the marketing campaign underneath his management in a exceptional 5,000-1 title triumph in 2015-16.

And Ranieri advised fixing a leaky defence might be in direction of the highest of his agenda at Fulham, together with his first sport at residence to fellow strugglers Southampton per week on Saturday.

“Craven Cottage is superb. After I first arrived right here I assumed, ‘Wow!’ It’s a story in itself,” Ranieri informed Fulham’s web site forward of his unveiling on Friday.

“Typically I got here to observe matches at Fulham due to my love of soccer. I got here to the very first sport of the season in opposition to Crystal Palace [a 2-0 defeat].

“Fulham confirmed superb soccer and it was unbelievable how they conceded two objectives. Typically this season Fulham have conceded too many objectives.

“As an Italian supervisor, the defensive means is the most effective technique of the workforce. It is very important have a powerful imaginative and prescient of how you can work defensively. It is not solely the full-back, or the goalkeeper. While you assault, you assault as 11, if you defend, you defend as 11.”

Ranieri accomplished considered one of soccer’s fairy-tale tales by main Leicester to their first ever league title, however he feels he has unfinished enterprise within the Premier League after the Foxes sacked him within the following season regardless of nonetheless being within the Champions League.

“I felt I wanted to return again to England,” stated Ranieri, who spent 2017-18 in Ligue 1 with Nantes. “I went overseas final season to complete my story, however my feeling for English soccer is so sturdy that I felt I needed to come again.

“After I met Mr Khan, [I saw] he’s an bold man and a very good chairman, so I wish to give him what he wishes. I hope we might be secure this season after which from there we observe the best way of our chairman and his son [Tony, vice-chairman and director of football operations] to try to develop up and grow to be stronger.

“What I’ve achieved is previously. I all the time look ahead and wish extra, I hope to do an excellent job.”

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