Date: 25th February 2016 at 7:13pm
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Manager Claudio Ranieri has backed the side to show an angry response in the game against Norwich City this weekend following the late loss to Arsenal in the last match.

With a lull in fixtures and both manager and players taking a short break over the last week, Ranieri told lcfc.com in his pre game press conference that preparation had again been good in training this week and he was confident the players would show a good response in what he expects will be a ‘big battle’ of a game.

‘They are refreshed and they are ready for the fight. I told to them the Arsenal match is easier than against Norwich. It`s a big battle Saturday and we must be concentrated. I think Arsenal think to play and want to win. Also for the mentality, you are very concentrated against Arsenal but I want to see my players show the same concentrate – very hungry, because we lost the match at the last second.’

In the Carrow Road encounter earlier in the season, Jamie Vardy and Jeff Schlupp helped the side to a two one victory, and for Ranieri that game showed how tough Norwich can be to break down.

‘I remember the first match, we had great chances at the beginning. We scored twice but then they fought a lot. They put a lot of balls into our box. We conceded a goal and they continued to press well. I am expecting the same match. They will want to play close and they will want to counter attack. They have good players who can play forward and they will try to put the ball to Dieumerci Mbokani. We must be very concentrated and focused on our job.’

In terms of team news ahead of the game, Ranieri went on to explain that Schlupp had returned to training this week having been out with a hamstring problem since December 5 and Swansea City.

‘Schlupp has come back and he`s trained fully with us. I don`t know now (Norwich squad) because it`s just the first week with us but it`s good to see him back. Amartey isn’t 100 per cent, no, but he`s ready. He played against Manchester City in the Under-21s. He played 90 minutes. I hope now he`s (Jamie Vardy) 80 per cent and in the next matches he arrives at 100 per cent.’

With Danny Simpson suspended for the game following his double yellow card in the Arsenal defeat, Ranieri admitted he had options.

‘I can put Marcin Wasilewski again at right back, I can put Amartey, I can put Marc Albrighton maybe. I have one day more to think about it. Of course when you change something, something different happens. But I think the squad must repair everything, cover everything. When you play with 11, you can cover.’

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