Ranieri Takes Away Penalties From Mahrez

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Riyad Mahrez has been stripped of his penalty duties by Claudio Ranieri, after key misses caused Leicester to drop points.

Mahrez has been exceptional for Leicester, but has missed penalty kicks that could have proved pivotal for the club.

With the Algeria international missing in the 1-1 draw against Aston Villa and the goalless draw against Bournemouth.

“He was a little sad. I said to him: ‘Come on man, even champions miss penalties, just concentrate on keeping your form going’,” Ranieri said.

“I said: ‘You have to stay calm. Don’t worry, I’m happy with you. It doesn’t matter’.

“It was a good chat with him. I spoke to him and said I’m going to change things for now to take the pressure off and when I think the time is right I’d give it back to him.

“I don’t know who is going to take them. I will speak to the players. Leo Ulloa took some last season but it could be Jamie Vardy, I will speak to him.”

Leicester are expected to complete the signing of Ghana international Daniel Amartey in the coming days but Ranieri would not be drawn on when the transfer will be completed.

“I will only speak when players actually join us. Until then people must wait. But I do want good players and Amartey is one of those,” he said.

Leicester host Tottenham in the FA Cup third-round replay at the King Power Stadium on Wednesday.



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