Graeme Souness says Claudio Ranieris Leicester team selection against Chelsea gave the players an excuse to treat it like an unimportant game. Ranieri left last seasons Premier League Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez on the bench for the game at Stamford Bridge, while record signing Islam Slimani and regular first-teamers Andy King and Danny Simpson were also left in reserve.And the under-powered Foxes never got going in the game, conceding three without reply to a team who failed to beat them in either meeting last season. Alan McInally reflects on the early kick-off at Stamford Bridge where Chelsea hosted Leicester Were only 10 games into the season and I know there has been internationals and a lot of travelling… but it doesnt get any bigger than coming to Chelsea in the Premier League, Souness told Sky Sports after the game.I dont think they have any chance of winning the Champions League and they have picked their strongest team for midweek. What that does to the group is it tells the players starting today that the manager doesnt think it is that important. Im not sure how that bounces off players. It must have an effect on them. Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri Early in the season, unless you have someone carrying an injury or coming back from injury, I think you go with your strongest XI, Souness continued. Planting that seed like he [Ranieri] did today, was an excuse for the players that started the game to say, you know what, this is not an important game.However, fellow Sky Sports pundit Thierry Henry is not in total agreement with Souness. The Frenchman believes the increased physical demands of modern football, coupled with the remarkable opportunity for Leicester to reach the Champions League knockout stages, is justification for Ranieris selection. Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just ￡6.99. No contract. With the way football is going at the moment, yes I can understand it, Henry said. We were talking about the old-fashioned way where you had to play every single game.They are not far from going through in the Champions League, which is massive for a club like Leicester. So is it the right thing for Leicester? Yes it is. If you think back to a year ago, if I said that to you, you would have laughed. But you cant also not think about the league.You can watch Liverpool v Man Utd, plus Englands tour of Bangladesh and the British Masters on Sky Sports. Upgrade now and enjoy six months at half price! Also See: Costa strikes in Chelsea win Ranieri laments two strange goals Match in a Minute - Chelsea 3-0 Leicester Premier League goals and reaction Chris Ivory Bills Jersey
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