Champions League: Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen for 100 percent Leicester

Toby Graves
October 20, 2016

The Algeria worldwide was dropped to the bench for Saturday's 3-0 defeat at Chelsea but he was back in the starting line-up on Tuesday night and scored the only goal in the 1-0 Champions League win over Copenhagen.

They have yet to concede a goal and progress to the knockout phase is nearly guaranteed at the halfway stage.

Mahrez has been directly involved in four of Leicester's five goals in the Champions League, scoring three and assisting one.

Teething problems perhaps as they juggle the demands of European football with the "bread and butter" of the Premier League.

"From one side I'm very proud", said the manager as he reflected on a third successive Champions League win without conceding a goal.

City full-back Simpson believes the performance against Copenhagen shows they are back on track, and insists the team have the spirit to achieve great things again this season, but must first get their Premier League campaign back on track as they sit two points above the relegation zone.

"But it's OK, it's OK because also in my career this happened when for the first time you go and play in a big competition, you lose something when you go back in your league". "We've signed a load of new players - we can go where we want".

"It's just psychological because when we play in the Champions League, they're switched on, they're smart, focused in every situation".

"The Premier League is our priority", added Ranieri. "Our goal is to change our concentration in the Premier League".

"Last season was fantastic but we kind of need to forget that now".

The sale of holding midfielder N'Golo Kante to Chelsea has been a factor in Leicester's fragility.

He was "rested" against Chelsea, a move vindicated by his impressive display on Tuesday.

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri watches on as his side beat Copenhagen 1-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday. "You pay this, you spend a lot of energy, mental energy, in the Champions League". "When you come back you are a little down but this is normal", he said. "We have to stay calm now and we have to change our mentality in the Premier League, because Crystal Palace is another tough match".

The away supporters lit up the King Power Stadium with multiple flares in the Group G match and the Danish champions now face action.

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