Club Brugge v Leicester City

13 Sep

Jamie Vardy (left)

Leicester are about 50-1 to win this season’s Champions League

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Leicester City will have to write “another fairytale” to win the Champions League, according to manager Claudio Ranieri.

Last season’s surprise Premier League winners make their debut in the competition on Wednesday when they face Club Brugge.

“I think it’s impossible to win the Champions League,” he said.

“We want to get to the knockout stages, if not we want to play in the Europa League.”

The Foxes were 5,000-1 to win the Premier League, but defied the odds to achieve one of the greatest shocks in sporting history. Ranieri’s side are a much shorter 50-1 to win Europe’s most prestigious cup competition.

He added: “There are so many big teams. To win it we have to write another fairytale. But Leicester showed the impossible is possible.”

Ranieri was responding to captain Wes Morgan’s answer, who earlier told Tuesday’s news conference that Leicester could win the Champions League.

“It’s good when the players believe in something,” continued the Italian. “We had a fantastic time last season. People couldn’t believe it would be possible.”

Leicester are in Group G, which also includes Copenhagen and 2004 winners Porto.

Captain Morgan said it would be wrong for the more experienced Champions League sides to underestimate newcomers Leicester.

“If they take us lightly it’ll be to our advantage,” he said. “Some might look at us as a weaker team than they could have got – that wouldn’t be wise.”

Full-back Danny Simpson, who came off with a hamstring problem in the 4-1 defeat by Liverpool at the weekend, travelled with the Foxes to Belgium.

However, the Leicester manager indicated he might not play the defender, stating he did not want to “risk losing him for another month”.

New record signing Islam Slimani could make his club debut at the Jan Breydel Stadium. The 28-year-old Algeria striker signed from Sporting Lisbon for £29m on transfer deadline day.

Brugge are taking part in their first Champions League group game for a decade, but 9,000 of their 29,000 available tickets remain unsold.


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