Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri said that his club have accepted that the fairy-tale is over.
However, the Foxes boss added that his players are not “losers”, despite the ongoing relegation battle.
The reigning champions are just one point of the relegation zone, but Ranieri is confident that his team can bounce back.
The Italian also accepted that the hangover from last season has also impacted the teams performance this season.
“I can understand what we did last season was something special, a fairy-tale,” the Leicester manager said.
“I was waiting for this kind of season last season. Then we made something extraordinary, out of the world. Everything was fantastic, everything was right.”
“Everything now is wrong. I think we thought a lot about what we did last season – everything was fantastic and then we believed it was possible also this season. No, it’s finished.”
“The fairytale has finished. Now it is the reality. Now you have to choose – if you are a loser, you say it’s gone. If you aren’t a loser you fight, you continue to fight, believe.”
“I believe we can arrive, we must be together, together with the fans. The fans enjoyed last season and less so this season, but we are a family, we are strong.”
“Now is the right time. If you are a loser in this sport, you are a loser also in life. If you are a gladiator, a fighter in this sport, in life you can be the same.”
“The reality must come back, and from two seasons ago, the fighting until the end. I believe because my players are champions and fighters.”