Leicester go second after 0-0 draw with Manchester City

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Leicester are level on points with leaders Arsenal but goal difference pushes them to second in English Premier League with Manchester City third.

Leicester go second after 0-0 draw with Manchester City

SHOWS: LEICESTER, ENGLAND, UK (DECEMBER 29, 2015)(NICHE MEDIA – ACCESS ALL)

1. (SOUNDBITE)(English) LEICESTER CITY MANAGER CLAUDIO RANIERI SAYS:

“It was a good performance for us. I wanted to see the reaction, our reaction, after the Liverpool defeat. The reaction was good, we played calm, we tried to do our job and go and try to win the match. Of course we created chances but also City created chances. And I think at the end the draw is right.”

2. WHITE FLASH

3. (SOUNDBITE)(English) MANCHESTER CITY MANAGER MANUEL PELLEGRINI, ASSESSING PERFORMANCE, SAYS:

“We came here to try to win the game and for the first minutes of the game we went for the three points. I think we had more possession than Leicester, we had more attempts, we did more things to win the game. But if you cannot win it is very important not to lose. I think tonight we were a very solid and consistent team in the defending against a difficult team. Leicester has a very important place in a very good moment and they always score goals that is why I am not happy, not disappointed also because I think we play well but we couldn’t score.”

4. WHITE FLASH

5. (SOUNDBITE)(English) LEICESTER CITY MANAGER CLAUDIO RANIERI, ASKED ABOUT HIS TEAM’S PROGRESS IN 2015, SAYS:

“Well it is unbelievable what we are doing, great, great. Half season is magnificent. I don’t have a word to say how I am happy because it is difficult. I know the Premier League this season is very strange because I think the big teams would stay far away from us. But okay we are there. We love to stay there. I know it is not our position but we fight.”

STORY: Leicester City again showed they could mix it with the big guns, going level on points with Premier League leaders Arsenal after drawing 0-0 with title rivals Manchester City on Tuesday (December 29).

The clash between the division’s two top-scoring sides provided plenty of entertaining moments but keepers Kasper Schmeichel and Joe Hart were equal to everything thrown at them.

Jamie Vardy wasted Leicester’s best chance late in the first half while Manchester City, who have not won away in the league since mid-September, went close through Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Otamendi.

Leicester, who suffered their first defeat in 11 league games at Liverpool on Saturday, have 39 points from 19 games and trail Arsenal on goal difference.

Manchester City leapfrogged Tottenham Hotspur to go into third place and trail the top two by three points.

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri thought his side showed signs of fatigue at Anfield but was delighted with their effort on Tuesday, saying a point apiece was a fair result.

“I wanted to see the reaction, our reaction, after the Liverpool defeat,” the Italian told reporters afterwards.

“The reaction was good, we played calm, we tried to do our job and go and try to win the match. Of course we created chances but also City created chances. And I think at the end the draw is right.”

The visitors began the season with three successive away wins but have not returned home with three points since victory over Crystal Palace on Sept. 12.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini said they came to win so he could not be happy but was not disappointed by his team’s performance.

“We came here to try to win the game and for the first minutes of the game we went for the three points. I think we had more possession than Leicester, we had more attempts, we did more things to win the game. But if you cannot win it is very important not to lose,” said Pellegrini.

“I think tonight we were a very solid and consistent team in the defending against a difficult team. Leicester has a very important place in a very good moment and they always score goals that is why I am not happy, not disappointed also because I think we play well but we couldn’t score.”

Asked to review the change in his team since the last season, Ranieri said he found it hard to put into words.

“It is unbelievable what we are doing, great, great. Half season is magnificent. I don’t have a word to say how I am happy because it is difficult,” he said.

“I know the Premier League this season is very strange because I think the big teams would stay far away from us. But okay we are there. We love to stay there. I know it is not our position but we fight.”

On Saturday (January 2) Leicester City host Bournemouth while Manchester City travel to Watford.

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