Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has called on his side to show “good character” as they prepare to face West Brom this weekend.
The Foxes lost on penalties at Hull in midweek in what was only their second loss of the season in all competitions, coming after last month’s league reverse against Arsenal.
Ranieri made 10 changes for the fourth-round tie, with only Marc Albrighton retaining his place from the side that started the victory over Crystal Palace.
The City boss does not believe Tuesday’s cup exit will impact heavily on his team’s Premier League form – he wants a reaction from his players when they face West Brom at The Hawthorns on Saturday.
“I am disappointed, but there is a good spirit,” Ranieri said.
“I’d like if the players show good character. Leicester lost on Tuesday, but now to react. There’s a good spirit.
“It was important for me to look at my players on Tuesday, to know them better, because when you watch them in training sessions it is one thing. This was not a training session – it was a very tough match.
“And it was a good spirit from everybody. It’s not important who played – they played for Leicester. Lose or win, it is Leicester.
“We show our character in every match, every second – all of the players.
“But we will be okay – our life is good. I was sad (to go out) but I was happy with the performance and now our goal is the Premier League.
“On Saturday it is not revenge but I’d like the players to carry on as before and show good character.”
Despite an impressive start to the Premier League campaign, Ranieri refuses to get carried away and insists the immediate target remains retaining the club’s top-flight status.
“I want to achieve 40 points, and when we achieve 40 points, I have an open mind,” the 64-year-old said.
“I think when something happens you aren’t thinking what happens, you live what happens.
“Maybe at the end of the season we say we’ve started very well, we’ve done very well, but now it’s not the right moment to think, it’s the right moment to do.”
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