Champions League

Leicester looking to remain undefeated in UCL

2016-11-01 15:43
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United Kingdom - Leicester will be hoping to maintain their impressive Champions League form when they take on FC Copenhagen at Telia Parken on Wednesday evening.

The Premier League champions endured a difficult start to their title defence but got their European campaign off to a flyer with three wins from their opening three ties.

A 3-0 away victory over Club Brugge was followed up with a 1-0 home win against FC Porto before Riyad Mahrez netted after 40 minutes to hand the Foxes a 1-0 win over Copenhagen at the King Power Stadium in October.

They currently top Group G on nine points, ahead of the Danish Superliga winners, who drew 1-1 with Porto, and beat Brugge 4-0, before their Leicester loss - and a win on Wednesday could see Claudio Ranieri's side qualify for the knockout phase of the competition, with two games to spare, depending on other results.

Making up the group are Porto, level on four points with Copenhagen, while Belgian team Brugge are yet to register a point after three games.

The Foxes though have been in improved form in the league of late, and come into this match on the back of a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace and a 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.

Copenhagen, meanwhile, are currently leading their domestic league by six points after 15 matches, and have lost just once all season - to Leicester.

The away side are reporting that Nampalys Mendy (ankle) will be not be involved, while Islam Slimani (groin) and Ahmed Musa (knock) face late fitness tests ahead of the tie.

After Saturday's much improved performance against Spurs, Ranieri said: “I’m very pleased with our performance. It was fantastic. We found our team spirit that was so good last season. The players made a fantastic effort with a single spirit. It was a fantastic performance and well done to my players. 

"Tottenham is one of the best teams. They are fighting to win the title and they were our strong rivals last season. They are fighting for the title and we want to do the same. I think our fans and the Tottenham fans enjoyed it a lot because until the end both teams tried to win the match."

He added: "This is our philosophy – to try to win all the matches. I speak about spirit because one thing is spirit and another thing is how you play football, but when you play with a strong team spirit, the performance is always good. 

"This result gives us a lot of confidence and energy but now we have another tough match [against FC Copenhagen on Wednesday]."

Kick off is at 21:45 (SA time).

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