Ranieri ready to tinker again

11 August 2015 05:52:08 EST

Claudio Ranieri has hinted that he will make changes to his Leicester City side for this weekend's game against West Ham United.

The Foxes opened their Premier League campaign in splendid style, easing to a 4-2 victory against Sunderland but Ranieri, nicknamed 'The Tinkerman' for his fondness of making changes to his sides in the past, will not be averse to making alterations for the Upton Park clash, a game Leicester are 11/1 to win 2-1.

The 63-year-old Italian said: "I am now looking at the whole team and the whole squad ahead of West Ham. That is my philosophy.

"We must look and work at what we are doing well, but even more at what we are doing badly and try to keep improving. If I can improve one per cent one player, another two per cent and another two per cent, then I improve the whole team."

I am now looking at the whole team and the whole squad ahead of West Ham. That is my philosophy.

Claudio Ranieri

Ranieri has though heaped praise on the Japanese forward Shinji Okazaki who was handed his debut at the weekend.

The 29-year-old produced a fine display, with former Chelsea, Valencia, Monaco and Juventus boss Ranieri adding: "I was very happy because it is not easy to come and play for the first time in a new team. He linked up well with Vardy and the midfield. I want him to do this job and I put him in because I think he can do this job. He played very well."

Ritchie De Laet limped out of the win against Sunderland with cramp but is expected to be fit enough to face the Hammers, who are 9/1 to win this weekend's game 1-0 while a 1-1 draw is available at 6/1.

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