Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has admitted that his side are in a Premier League relegation battle following their 2-1 loss away to Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
The defeat was the champions' seventh of the campaign and they are winless in their last five league matches, leaving them two points above the relegation zone after 14 games.
"This moment is not the right moment for us," Ranieri said in an interview with BBC Radio 5 live.
"We wanted to get points here but of course it was a relegation battle, they won, well done to them. They started stronger than us in the first ten minutes.
"Both teams wanted to win. They scored with our own goal.
"I said two, three weeks ago, always I look behind me. We are in the battle of relegation. For this reason we must stay calm, together and continue to work hard."