London - Manager Claudio Ranieri, dubbed the 'Tinkerman' in
his first spell in England, was left feeling vindicated after Leicester City
returned to winning ways against Norwich City despite Riyad Mahraz's omission.
The Italian raised a few eyebrows when he rested Mahrez on
Saturday because the winger has been involved in eight of the 17 goals the team
have scored this season and leads the Premier League's player-performance
Ranieri's nickname stemmed from the way he rang the changes
in his time at Chelsea from 2000-04 but the 63-year-old's decision paid off at
the weekend as Leicester bounced back from losing 5-2 to Arsenal by beating
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"I left Mahrez out because I wanted to put him on in
the second half but the match was different and it was good for us, and for
Mahrez, to get a rest for one match," Ranieri told the Leicester Mercury.
"It is okay, he can never play 38 matches. I have a lot
of players in good condition and that is very good for the manager.
"Maybe we needed to give him a break, we were very
solid on the flank. Marc Albrighton helped (full back) Danny Simpson."
Ranieri also praised summer signing N'Golo Kante, saying the
former Caen midfielder's ball-winning skills have been key to an impressive
start to the season that sees Leicester one place below the Champions League
places after eight games.
"He presses the ball non-stop. I think he even presses
people in the stands," Ranieri joked.
"Last season he was the first player in the five top
leagues in Europe for ball recoveries. He showed why (against Norwich)."
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