Leicester City ready for another “fairytale” ahead of Champions League debut
Claudio Ranieri hopes his Foxes squad embrace the Champions League starting with clash against FC Brugge
September 14th, 2016
Leicester City were unlikely Premier League champions last season and are now about to embark on a Champions League adventure that they hope lasts through to the knockout stages and beyond.
Claudio Ranieri isn’t taking the competition lightly but must have been thrilled by the group draw that the Foxes received and they have a winnable opener away to FC Brugge on Wednesday night.
“It is good when my players believe in something. We wrote a fantastic fairytale last season. Nobody, even us, believed it could be possible at the beginning. But there are so many big teams in the Champions League. It is impossible.
“Some people say: ‘Oh, Leicester can win the group.’ Hey, calm! There are Brugge, who have a lot of experience, Porto, who have a lot of experience and Copenhagen, who have a lot of experience. Yes, Leicester won the Premier League, fantastic, but it is behind us.”
Even so, the presence of Copenhagen and Brugge in the group give Leicester a fantastic opportunity of reaching the last sixteen, with Islam Slimani and Ahmed Musa adding extra attacking options and taking away the pressure on Jamie Vardy to score goals.