Raineri: Foxes squad ‘very, very strong’

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Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has hailed the strength in depth of his squad after playing out a 2-2 draw with Tottenham in the FA Cup on Sunday.

The Italian made eight changes for the match at White Hart Lane, where Christian Eriksen put Spurs ahead early on before the Foxes hit back through Marcin Wasilewski and substitute Shinji Okazaki, with Harry Kane then salvaging a replay from the penalty spot in the 89th minute.

"I think we made a very good performance and maybe we deserved to win because to concede two minutes from the end is very unlucky," the Roman tactician said.

"They worked so well – very, very hard. I had eight new players on the pitch and I watched a good team – that's what I want.

"[The squad is] very, very strong. That's what I want to build. I want to build 22 or 23 players at the same level. Then I can change the players and still the team can continue in the same way."

The two sides, second and fourth in the Premier League standings, are set to meet again just three days later when they face each other in the league at White Hart Lane on Wednesday.

They will then face off for the third time in less than two weeks for the cup replay at King Power Stadium on 19 January.

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