Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri says he could not fault the Foxes work ethic following their 2-1 defeat to Manchester United in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday.
Jamie Vardy cancelled out Jesse Lingard’s opening goal with the Foxes looking comfortable going into the closing stages, however, Zlatan Ibrahimovic headed Antonio Valencia’s cross in off the post to claim a late victory for United.
Ranieri insisted that his side are yet to unlock their full potential as they did last season, however, he was delighted with the Foxes performance on the day.
‘I’m very pleased with our performance,’ Ranieri told the Leicester City website.
‘Maybe in the first half we were a little more shy because it was so hot and difficult to run. In the second half we pushed a lot and we tried to score. We did and I think at the minimum we deserved to arrive at the penalty shootout.’
Ranieri went on to say that he is proud of how hard his side worked against United, insisting that his players are not 100 percent fit yet.
‘I’m very proud and I’m very happy because we worked so hard. I told the players that we aren’t ready yet, but give me 120 per cent. Help each other and run for your team-mates.
‘They did this and I’m very pleased,’ he added.
Leicester City will now turn their attention to the Premier League when they begin their title defence against Hull City at the KC Stadium on Saturday.
Kick-off has been set for 13:30.