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Leicester City: how strong is the opponent of Club Brugge?

The big question is whether The Foxes continued to knit on their droomseizoen.

Riyad Mahrez and Jamie vardy granted © Belga Image

In his first Champions Leagueduel since 2005, Club Brugge, with Leicester City the surprising champion of the English Premier League on the floor (kick-off at 20.45 hours at the Jan breydel stadium). Against all expectations, conquered The Foxes last season – although advance considered degradatiekandidaat – their first championship title with an impressive ten point lead over Tottenham Hotspur.

Winter

The expectations are also high, although the pass for the first time in the club history is that Leicester will be participating in the Champions League. The British press is all the comparison was made with Nottingham Forest, that 38 years ago, after the surprising English title and also the Champions League (then european cup I) won.

The English complain not about their draw; Club Brugge, Copenhagen and Porto as ‘favourable’ opponents considered. Winter is the absolute minimum.

According to research firm Gracenote Sports Leicester more chance to the knock-out stages to get to than Tottenham. While The Foxes on the Euro Club Index as the 32nd best team in Europe ranked, places Gracenote they are on the 13th place in the ranking of clubs that are probably the knock-out stages. At the top are not surprising Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus and Bayern Munich.

Claudio Ranieri © Belga Image

Experience

But that first CL participation will also be additional pressure to bring, and also have only four players experience in the Champions League. For comparison: Club Brugge has six players in the ranks that all of the kampioenenbal tasted.

Manager Claudio Ranieri warned for too high expectations. ‘It is good that the players believe in it. They have last year, a great fairy tale written that no one had thought possible. But I think that it is impossible to have such a second story to write.

Sixteenth

However, Leicester have managed to be the Chelsea left N Golo Kante – are core to hold together, and according to analysts, even strengthen, with the midfielder Nampalys Mendy and the attackers Ahmed Musa and Islam Slimani. For the latter, paid 30 million euros to the Portuguese Sporting, a clubrecord.

Yet the team but I started to the new season, with three defeats in five matches. In the league the club is only 16th with four points from four matches, the Community Shield suffered a 1-2 defeat against Manchester United.

The key question is, in other words, of Leicester, an extension to his droomseizoen can knit. The bookmakers consider the chances that Leicester will get relegated already, still larger than a second consecutive title. (KVDA)

Tactics

An old-fashioned 4-4-2 as microsoft of Claudio Ranieri, but most of all – more important than the veldbezetting – winning mentality and belief in their own abilities. A secure goalkeeper, with precise steps or uitworpen to the two outer midfielders Marc Albrighton and Riyad Mahrez – the attack launches. On the flanks, Christian Fuchs and Danny Simpsons, two backs of the old stamp in the first place to defend and the space around the slow central duo (Robert Huth-Wes Morgan) is small. By the departure of N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea) is Nampalys Mendy is the new companion of Drinking water: two indefatigable defensive midfielders who have the ball as quickly as possible to recover. On the right side swirls Mahrez (17 goals, 11 assists), as well as the underrated and Albrighton to come in, or outside an action can create. Jamie vardy granted (24 goals and 10 assists) is not maintained, Leonardo Ulloa and Shinji Okazaki to go for the second place in the forefront of the battle with the two recordaankopen Ahmed Musa and Islam Slimani. (S/VM)

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