Leicester all smiles despite Chelsea defeat as they seek Champions League relief
Leicester City may have stumbled to a 3-0 defeat against Chelsea on Saturday, but Claudio Ranieri’s men weren’t allowing that to affect their mood as they prepare to take on FC Copenhagen in the Champions League tomorrow.
Striker Jamie Vardy, midfielder Riyad Mahrez and record signing Islam Slimani were all smiles during the session, while a cheerful-looking Ranieri kept a watchful eye on his squad.
Slimani in particular looked to be enjoying himself as he completed a drill during the session at the club’s Belvoir Drive training ground on Monday.
Striker Jamie Vardy enjoys a laugh as Leicester train ahead of their Champions League clash against FC Copenhagen at the King Power stadium tomorrow
Riyad Mahrez looked relaxed despite Leicester’s 3-0 defeat against Chelsea on Saturday
Record signing Islam Slimani scored his side’s only goal in their win against Porto last month
Less than 48 hours earlier they’d been put to the sword by Chelsea as goals from Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Victor Moses consigned them to their fourth league defeat of the season.
Ranieri’s side have won just one of their last six outings in the league and midfielder Marc Albrighton admits they’re struggling to recreate the magic that took them to the title last time round.
‘It is not really acceptable to keep losing in this manner,’ he said after the Chelsea defeat. ‘We had a chat in the dressing room.
Silmani laughs as he takes part in a drill during the training session this morning
Vardy will be hoping to score his first ever Champions League goal tomorrow night
Kasper Schmeichel will be hoping to keep a clean sheet during the game tomorrow
Ahmed Musa may have to make do with a spot on the bench against Copenhagen
Ranieri has overseen two wins in Europe so far this season and will be hoping for a third
‘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.
Leicester are currently top of their group as they seek to make the knockout stages
The reigning Premier League champions do have reason to smile despite the loss against Chelsea, which leaves them down in 13th place, 11 points off the pace at the top already.
LEICESTER’S NEXT FIXTURES
18 Oct – Champions League Group stage: Copenhagen (home)
22 Oct – Premier League: Crystal Palace (home)
29 Oct – Premier League: Tottenham (away)
2 Nov – Champions League Group stage: Copenhagen (away)
6 Nov – Premier League: West Brom (home)
Europe has so far provided sweet relief for the Foxes, who have won their first two Champions League group stage games and will be looking to take a huge leap towards the knockout stages with a win at the King Power stadium.
They defeated Club Brugge 3-0 in their first ever Champions League outing, and then beat Porto 1-0 thanks to a first half effort from Slimani last month.
Leicester must be on their guard against a Copenhagen side who consolidated their place at the top of the Danish top flight with a 2-0 win over Silkeborg at the weekend.
Ståle Solbakken’s side are second behind Leicester in Group G having picked up four points so far.