Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester City suffer their eleventh defeat of the season and sit five points above the drop after a dismal 3-0 loss at Southampton, and Ranieri feels he got it all wrong.
James Ward-Prowse opened the scoring for Southampton with a sumptuous curling effort 26 minutes in. Jay Rodriguez then fired in from close range 13 minutes later to lead 2-0 at half-time.
Dusan Tadic capped off a one-sided affair on 86 minutes with a penalty – the Serb’s first league goal at St. Mary’s in over a year which left the Premier League champions nervously looking over their shoulder in 15th position.
The Leicester boss believes different tactics and formation confused his players at St. Mary’s like they did eight days earlier against Chelsea in a 3-0 defeat.
“Maybe I make mistake,” Ranieri said. “I got it wrong against Chelsea when I played with three at the back, and also today when I wanted to play with a diamond as my players are used to playing 4-4-1-1 or 4-2-3-1 and they recognise the position, the game, everything.
“I wanted to give us something more but I make mistake.”
Jamie Vardy’s form has dipped considerably this season, scoring just five Premier League goals in 17 appearances, and the forward had little impact against a well-drilled Southampton defence.
Ranieri brought Marc Albrighton on at half-time, and shortly after Ahmed Musa to try and get a foothold in the game, but Southampton kept chances to a minimum – The Saints had 60% possession.
After failing to win away from home this season, picking up just three points in 11 games, Ranieri admits there are no excuses as his side was again second best on the road.
“We tried,” he said. “We tried to change our shape, and we tried to make a goal.
“This is no excuse, they won, they played better than us and they deserved to win.”