Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri to make 10 changes for FA Cup tie against Millwall
By Rory O'Callaghan
Last Updated: 17/02/17 9:09am
Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri claims his side will be the underdogs against League One club Millwall as he intends to make wholesale changes to his first-team for Saturday's FA Cup tie at The Den.
The Foxes travel to south east London having picked up just one win in their last seven matches in all competitions - a 3-1 victory over rivals Derby County in the fourth round of the cup.
Millwall beat top-flight Bournemouth and Watford on their way to the fifth round and Ranieri admits he will look to play a second-string side this weekend with his focus firmly on Leicester's bid for Premier League survival.
"I make a lot of changes," he said. "All my team is new and there will be 10 changes again.
"Millwall have beaten two Premier League teams. We know this and we are underdogs. If they beat Bournemouth and Watford, they are above us.
"Our target is the Premier League - that is it. Of course we play in the FA Cup and Champions League and we want to do our best, but our aim is to be safe at the end.
"The goal is the Premier League. I want to give another opportunity to the players who played against Derby for them to show how good they are.
"Believe me, I don't think about Sevilla (in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday), I think about Millwall.
"Our focus is on Millwall because they are in good shape. They beat Bournemouth and Watford. From December 17, they don't lose and they score goals. Everything is fantastic (for them). They fight. We know everything and we are positive."
A much-changed Leicester side impressed against Derby in the last round of the FA Cup, only for Ranieri to revert to his usual starting XI for the Premier League defeat at Swansea last Sunday.
The Italian, who was given the nickname 'Tinkerman' during his time in charge of Chelsea, has defended his team selection in recent weeks despite criticism from some sections of the Leicester support.
"It's a great opportunity for our players. I could change it all on Saturday and change it all again for Sevilla and then again for the Liverpool match," he said.
"It's my responsibility. I always put the best team on the pitch every time. Who says if Ranieri put same team who won against Derby maybe we would win against Swansea?"