Leicester All Smiles Despite Loss To Chelsea As They Eye Champions League Relief Against Copenhagen
Reigning Premier League Champions Leicester City succumbed to a humiliating 3-0 defeat against Chelsea on Saturday and have failed to impress this season so far, but Claudio Ranieri’s side are not letting it to have a toll on their confidence as they are busy preparing for the Champions League clash against FC Copenhagen on Tuesday.
The players looked confident during the training routines. New record signing Islam Slimani, forward Jamie Vardy and playmaker Riyad Mahrez were all smiles during the practice sessions while a happy-looking Ranieri cautiously monitored his players on the field.
To add to their troubles this time around in the Premier League, the Foxes suffered a humiliating defeat against Chelsea less than 48 hours ago. Goals from Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Victor Moses handed Leicester City their fourth Premier League defeat this season.
Ranieri’s side have failed to recreate their form from the last season and after a series of lack lustre performances, they managed to win just one game out of their last six Premier League games. Foxes midfielder Marc Albrighton asserted that the team has struggled to hold on their magical momentum that had helped them to clinch their first ever Premier League trophy last season.
‘It is not really acceptable to keep losing in this manner. We had a chat in the dressing room,” said Albrighton after the defeat against Chelsea.
‘We feel we need to be stronger, harder to play against and harder to beat, harder to score against.”
‘It’s not the way we are playing, it is about fight. We need to fight more. We have lost the fight from last year. We need to get that back, and get it back quickly.”
The defending champions have made a disappointing start to their Premier League campaign this time around. They sit at the13th place on the league table, 11 points in deficit from the top position. Despite their loss to Chelsea on Saturday, the Foxes have all the reason to be happy with their successful Champions League campaign so far.
Leicester City have made a fantastic start to their Champions League Campaign with two wins in their first two group stage encounters and are hoping to storm into the knockout stage with a win against FC Copenhagen at King Power stadium on Tuesday.
Ranieri’s men thrashed Club Brugge 3-0 in their first ever Champions League game followed by a 1-0 victory against Porto, all thanks to Slimani’s match winning goal in the first half.
Leicester City are desperate to hold on to their momentum in the European circuit but they are up against an in-form Copenhagen side, who have reached the top spot in the Danish league with a convincing 2-0 win over Silkeborg at the weekend.
Copenhagen are with four points so far in the Champions League Group G table, and sits at the second spot behind Leicester City.