Ranieri dismissed suggestions that his ageing squad are not physically up to the challenge of Serie A.
â€śI havenâ€™t got a worn out squad,â€ť he responded. â€śI donâ€™t see that in training. Give me time and youâ€™ll see that I am right. This squad still has a lot to give.
â€śWhen you change training sessions, you sometimes get a few problems. But since we arrived here we've only been able to train properly during the international break.
â€śWe certainly haven't done any damage and we've never done more than an hour and a half's work.
â€śThe injured Douglas Maicon? We've tried to get him training by playing games, maybe that was a mistake, perhaps that could explain it, but you get seasons in which there are more injuries than others.â€ť