English Premiership

Ranieri gives Leicester players NYE pass

Claudio Ranieri (Getty Images)
Claudio Ranieri (Getty Images)

London - Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has given his high-flying players permission to go out and celebrate on New Year's Eve, provided they perform in Saturday's home game against Bournemouth.

Leicester begin 2016 in second place in the Premier League table, level on points with leaders Arsenal, after narrowly avoiding relegation last season.

But while Ranieri is happy for his players to celebrate their achievement, he does not want them to go too far.

"They can celebrate. They are very, very good professionals," the Italian told his pre-game press conference on Thursday.

"It's important to celebrate, to enjoy it, because it was a fantastic 2015, but afterwards we have to put our minds on Bournemouth.

"They are a very dangerous team. Bournemouth lost five in a row, but before losing to Arsenal (2-0 on Monday) they made a fantastic positive run.

"For us it's important to concentrate 100 percent."

Fixtures
Thu 16 Jul 20 19:00 PM (SAST)
Everton
Aston Villa
Goodison Park
Thu 16 Jul 20 19:00 PM (SAST)
Leicester City
Sheffield United
King Power Stadium
Thu 16 Jul 20 21:15 PM (SAST)
Crystal Palace
Manchester United
Selhurst Park
Results
Wed 15 Jul 20
Arsenal 2
Liverpool 1
Wed 15 Jul 20
Burnley 1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1
Wed 15 Jul 20
Manchester City 2
AFC Bournemouth 1
Logs
Team
P
W
PTS
1. Liverpool
36
30
93
2. Manchester City
36
24
75
3. Chelsea
36
19
63
4. Leicester City
35
17
59