Claudio Ranieri: My Leicester lads will fight to the death

Having taken over on 3rd January with Swansea bottom of the league, Clement produced three wins from his first five games to end the month one point outside the relegation zone. "But they are still a very good team and we've got to make sure they don't put things right against us". "Now we need February to be good as well", Clement quipped as he was bestowed with his purple block. It's uncharted territory for Leicester, first of all how they won the league last year and this year defending it. The likes of Kasper Schmeichel, Robert Huth, Wes Morgan, Danny Drinkwater, Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy should all return to the team. At Villa we knew we would be in the Championship in January and that was hard because you have two or three months just to play.

Winger Demarai Gray is pushing for a starting place after impressing against Derby while recent signing Molla Wague could be involved in the squad.

"We saved ourselves with fewer games not long ago, so there's no need to panic". We're confident we can do it - very confident'. With so much change on the pitch and rumours of unrest off it, Leicester are starting to resemble Bob Bradley-era Swansea, even conceding 2.5 goals-per-game on average over those last four matches.

"I wouldn't say (I am) confident (about avoiding relegation), but I'm confident I can help". "[This is] a very tough match for us".

Claudio Ranieri's team are the only side in the English top flight without a goal in 2017.

Defeat in the FA Cup at Hull City and a 4-0 home loss to Arsenal in the league followed, but Swansea rebounded to beat Liverpool 3-2 at Anfield, one of the shock results of the season, and followed that up with a 2-1 win over Southampton.

Ranieri added that striker Leonardo Ulloa, who has vowed never to play for Leicester again after being denied a transfer last month, is injured for the Swansea game with forward Islam Slimani also doubtful.

  • Julie Sanders