Champions League

Brugge boss wary of Leicester

2016-09-14 11:29
Michel Preud'homme (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Club Brugge boss Michel Preud'homme hopes their fans will turn out in their numbers against Leicester City in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.

So far only 20,000 of the 29,000 tickets on sale for the tie at Brugge's Jan Breydel Stadion have been sold as supporters show indifference towards the Premier League champions.

Preud'homme feels that a clash with Roma, Arsenal or Chelsea would generate greater interest, but has warned fans not to underestimate the Foxes, who are making their debut in the competition.

Brugge's poor start to their league campaign is compounding matters with the team currently in 10th place in the Jupiler Pro League after three losses in six games.

Preud'homme said: "Maybe they have the wrong perception of the quality of the opponent that we get at home. The Belgium press says it's not a big team but I say they are. They are a big team because they became champions.

"If we get Roma, everyone will say 'Roma, we want to see it' but they might eliminate us. If Arsenal are here everyone will want to see Arsenal but Leicester won against Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea and so on.

"At this moment it means this team are better than the others."

Preud'homme admits there are similarities between the start his side and their English counterparts have made in their respective leagues after being crowned champions last season - Brugge's 14th title, but their first in nine years.

He added: "Last season everything was falling on the right side for the two teams, now it's falling on the other side. We have to be stronger to change that."

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