Claudio Ranieri denied win against former club after second-half James Maddison strike

IN the end, Claudio Ranieri was undone by the tactic he taught Leicester best.

The Italian was facing the Foxes for the first time since leaving a club where he earned godlike status for winning the Premier League against all odds in 2016.

Claudio Ranieri denied win against former club after second-half James Maddison strikeReuters6 Kamara put his side one up with a tidy finish from a tight angle

That 5000-1 triumph was based on slick counter-attacking play – and it was through just that that his old side denied his new club Fulham back-to-back home wins.

The Cottagers looked set for a vital three points which would have taken them out of the relegation zone when Aboubakar Kamara struck just before half-time.

But a sweeping break by subs Shinji Okazaki and Demarai Gray – who both played under Ranieri – saw the Japan star tee up James Maddison for a 74th-minute leveller.

It meant Fulham were left still stuck at the bottom of the table, underlining the size of Ranieri’s task.

Claudio Ranieri denied win against former club after second-half James Maddison strikePA:Press Association6 Kamara celebrates his goal to put the Cottagers ahead

Leicester lacked a cutting edge and a big reason for that was the absence through injury of Jamie Vardy, who had claimed Ranieri’s time at the King Power unravelled because he tinkered with his winning team.

But 2016 heroes Kasper Schmeichel, Danny Simpson, Marc Albrighton and captain Wes Morgan all started against their former boss.

The Italian honoured late Foxes owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in his programme notes, writing it was the Thai and his family’s “desire, commitment and vision” that made the impossible possible.

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