Date: 23rd September 2016 at 2:52pm
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Manager Claudio Ranieri has now held his pre Manchester United pre conference, and as well as calling on the players to go into the clash ‘fearless’ he also spoke about the fitness of Kasper Schmeichel.

Speaking to lcfc.com as he met with the media in the usual pre game affair, Ranieri said that Leicester would simply go into the clash at Old Trafford showing the same attitude that won us the title in the first place last season.

He also had praise for where the squad now find themselves fitness wise, despite the tough extra time run with Chelsea in the League Cup in midweek.

‘We are fearless. Why are we scared to go there? More than lose, what can we do there? I enjoy the atmosphere. Amazing, fantastic. When you play these big teams, you don`t have an advantage, you have to think about yourself and be strong, and that moment show your football. You hope for the bad moment and try to score a goal. We try to win. This is our philosophy, then if Manchester are better than us that is okay.’

With Wes Morgan, Danny Drinkwater, Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy and Andy King all involved in the victory over Burnley, and Ranieri using the squad for the competitions so far, he went on to say that with four games in eleven days it was always going to be about the squad.

‘I think they help this kind of job. They are used to playing every three days. I watch them in the training session and they look very strong, very concentrated and motivated. It is good. In this moment we are pushing so hard to try to get better and of course our fitness is much better than one month ago when the season started and we are confident to continue to play well. Now we are in a good condition and I think we have to push and keep the momentum going and then we will see. We are working so hard and so well and we must continue in this way.’

As for Schmeichel, he also confirmed to journalists that he would be assessed late on ahead of the game because he had picked up a minor muscular problem following his concussion against Burnley.

‘Kasper is good. Today (Thursday) he made some training session but he felt a little pain to a muscle so tomorrow I will check. He said to me ‘I feel something here` and I said ‘OK`. I am not a doctor but the concussion is OK. Let me check tomorrow. If it is nothing serious then he will come and play, if not he will stay at home.’

Adding about Yohan Benalouane – an unused substitute against Chelsea – that he would play the Development Squad game against Manchester City this evening and he remained in his plans.

‘He is fit and tomorrow he will play against Man City. I watched him just 20 minutes and I can`t change. I brought him on the bench for Chelsea and maybe the last 10 minutes I would give him the chance but it wasn`t possible. I believe in the player and sooner or later he is ready.’

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