- “With the right mindset, you can go a long way,” says Michel Preud’homme
- Club Brugge cast themselves as outsiders in their opening game
- English champions making tournament debut in Belgium
- Claudio Ranieri’s press conference scheduled for 18:00CEST
- Don’t forget to pick your Fantasy Football team before the deadline
Club Brugge: Butelle; Van Rhijn, Engels, Denswil, De Bock; Vormer, Simons; Vanaken, Claudemir, Izquierdo; Diaby.
Out: Refaelov (pelvis), Wesley (ankle)
Leicester: Schmeichel; Hernández, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs; Mahrez, Drinkwater, Amartey, Albrighton; Okazaki, Vardy.
Out: Schlupp (muscle strain)
Doubtful: Simpson (hamstring), Mendy (ankle)
Michel Preud’homme, Club Brugge coach
What Leicester did last season is a great story, and they proved one thing – with the right mindset, you can go a long way. We want to get back in the the form we were in when we won the title last season. We know where we want to go, and maybe – maybe I say – people do not expect much from us, as in theory [Leicester] are stronger than us. With strength and the right mentality we can do something, as we have nothing to lose.”
Claudio Ranieri, Leicester manager
Conference scheduled for 18:00CEST
Waasland-Beveren 1-0 Club Brugge (Schrijvers 58)
Club Brugge’s poor form continued as they suffered a third reverse in five league games. Siebe Schrijvers’s second-half strike was enough to give the hosts their first win while the champions slipped to a third consecutive loss on the road.
Liverpool 4-1 Leicester (Firmino 13 89, Mané 31, Lallana 56; Vardy 38)
It was not the ideal warm-up for Leicester’s UEFA Champions League debut as they endured the second defeat of their title defence despite Jamie Vardy giving them hope late in the first half, pouncing on a mix-up at the back for Liverpool. Not long before, Danny Simpson had limped off, while new signing Islam Slimani was not included.
Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)*
Club Brugge: LDLWLW
*This season only
Reporter’s view: Berend Scholten (@UEFAcomBerendS)
This can be viewed as a welcome distraction for Club Brugge, who have made a slow start to their domestic campaign and are tenth in the Belgian top flight after six matches. Their first group stage appearance since December 2005 could be just the boost they need. The good news is that Preud’homme has only Lior Refaelov still unavailable and is sure to have no problem motivating his team for an opener against the Premier League champions.
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