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Claudio Ranieri vows to shore up league’s leakiest defence at Fulham

Claudio Ranieri has promised to tackle Fulham
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‘Fulham concede a lot of goals… and I am an Italian manager’: Claudio Ranieri vows to shore up Premier League’s leakiest defence which has conceded 31 times in 12 matches

  • Fulham are on course to have worst defence in 38-game Premier League season
  • It led to the sacking of Slavisa Jokanovic, with Claudio Ranieri his replacement
  • Ranieri promised to add Italian steel to the defence at Friday’s press conference 

Matthew Smith For Mail Online

Claudio Ranieri has promised to tackle Fulham’s defensive woes as his first priority after taking over the Premier League‘s bottom club. 

Ranieri, who won the league with Leicester City in 2016, took charge at Craven Cottage this week after Slavisa Jokanovic was dismissed. 

Fulham have conceded a division-high 31 goals in 12 games, and Ranieri vowed to introduce some traditional Italian defensive steel at his first press conference as boss. 

Claudio Ranieri has promised to tackle Fulham's defensive woes as his first priority

Claudio Ranieri has promised to tackle Fulham’s defensive woes as his first priority

Fulham have conceded a division-high 31 goals in 12 Premier League games this season

Fulham have conceded a division-high 31 goals in 12 Premier League games this season

Fulham have conceded a division-high 31 goals in 12 Premier League games this season

FULHAM’S DEFENCE

Fulham have conceded 31 goals in 12 matches. 

At this rate, over the 38-game Premier League season, Fulham are on course to concede 98 goals.

The current worst goals against record in a 38-game PL season is 89, conceded by Derby in 2007-08. 

He said: ‘Fulham concede a lot of goals, and I am an Italian manager. For us Italians it is important to maintain the clean sheet.

‘For us, when you are to play in the defensive way, it is from the strikers, it is important everybody is involved.

‘It is the same when you try to score goals.You look at Liverpool [in their 3-0 win over Fulham], their first goal was from the goalkeeper, a long pass and goal. Everybody must be involved in this job.’ 

Ranieri, who won the league with Leicester  in 2016, took charge at Craven Cottage this week

Ranieri, who won the league with Leicester  in 2016, took charge at Craven Cottage this week

Ranieri, who won the league with Leicester in 2016, took charge at Craven Cottage this week

Ranieri replaced Jokanovic, who he made his first signing when he was Chelsea manager in 2000. The veteran Italian praised the Serbian for his work with Fulham, who he got promoted via the play-offs last season.

He said: ‘Joka was a fantastic player, and in his start as manager has done very good things. I think he did fantastic things here, but that is our life as a manager.

‘When something goes badly, you have to change. It happened to me at Leicester, and not only Leicester, that is normal.’

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