Ranieri ponders rotating Leicester squad

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Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has admitted he is likely to start rotating his squad more frequently after the international break.

The Foxes have made a stuttering start to their Premier League title defence, picking up just eight point from their opening seven fixtures.

However, they have fared considerably better in the Champions League, picking up maximum points from their first two group games.

Ranieri opted to make just one change to his starting XI following a 1-0 victory over Porto last week, with Leicester playing to a goalless draw with Southampton on Sunday.

The Foxes produced a lacklustre showing after their exertions in the Champions League, prompting Ranieri to consider the merits of a squad rotation policy.

"I recognise they played better than us and deserved to win," Ranieri said after Sunday's stalemate. "(Kasper) Schmeichel made two or three great saves and they hit the post.

"For us it is ok, one point and a clean-sheet. Now I have to think about when we play every three days.

"Maybe it was much better to give some rest to some players. I changed just one player. It is not enough.

"It could be the schedule. Maybe we ran more than other matches because it was difficult to stop them."

He added: "How many players stay with me now, six? seven? The rest go for international matches.

"Then they come back a few days before Chelsea and we have a Champions League game after that. I have to think hard."