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Watford boss Ranieri confident of staying up

Watford boss Claudio Ranieri says they're ready for their survival battle after defeat to Manchester City.

The Hornets have faced Manchester United, Chelsea and City in the last three games.

Ranieri said, "If somebody had told me some time ago, 'Claudio, against Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea you would get three points', I would sign immediately.

"I saw a good spirit – at 3-0 down we never gave up. We conceded a lot of counter-attacks but I saw a lot of spirit, togetherness and commitment. I'm satisfied. Our Premier League starts now.

"I spoke with the players before – I said be careful because when we press higher, they move the ball very well. It's much better to stay a little deeper and counter-attack. We played better, but of course there are players who, one against one, have the key to open every defensive line.

"I wanted to give some more opportunities to [Joshua] King, so I put Joao Pedro behind him. I left them more chances, but I didn't like to lose without having a chance to do something more. Today maybe we were a little tired. We didn't combine as well as against Chelsea, but it's OK.

"There is a very good battle between the other teams. There are six or seven teams at least in the battle [to stay] in the Premier League. I'm confident. Of course we make mistakes, but we work to improve these mistakes."

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