Claudio Ranieri: 'We need better balance in Champions League, Premier League'


While they continue to struggle in the league, Leicester have had an excellent start to their European career, winning 3-0 at Brugge and beating Porto 1-0 at the King Power. I am very proud on one side, while in the Premier League I'm very hungry.

After the half-time interval the hosts seemed to grow much stronger, with Claudio Ranieri's team-talk perhaps working its magic on the players.

Eventually, City paid over £5 million for his services nearly a year ago, fulfilling Amarety's dream of playing Champions League football, and the Ghana global says a lot of that is down to Solbakken.

"But we want to change this mood because it's important for us now the Premier League".

However, the Premier League champions were indebted to Schmeichel for keeping Copenhagen at bay in the 90th minute.

"Vardy made 15 runs in the first half and we killed all of them", Solbakken added. We can not continue in this way.

"Now I want them to show their strength and love for their football, for Leicester, for the team, and that's why I want more".

"We want to improve but it's normal when we start the season to have something to work on because new players have come and everything is new", said Ranieri. Now everyone knows us and we try and change something.

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Stale Solbakken believes Copenhagen still have a big chance of reaching the knock-out stages of the Champions League, despite suffering a 1-0 defeat to Leicester City on Tuesday.

"Copenhagen" will take in "Leicester" the third round of the Champions League.

"I moved from Denmark when I was four years old, I wouldn't say I have a preferred team".

It could have been 2-0 after Islam Slimani had a goal ruled offside in the second half, but Leicester saw out the game with relative ease as well as keeping a third consecutive clean sheet in the competition.

Schmeichel - who was born in Copenhagen - had little to do in the second half, but was almost caught off-guard by Andreas Corneluis as he flicked on an Ankersen ball from a cleared corner, but the goalkeeper was down low to save. I wanted to give a point of reference to my players, counter attack and leave him with David Luiz - not his fault, it's mine maybe. You pay this, you spend a lot of energy, mental energy, in the Champions League.

You can't truly blame Ranieri, honestly, when the club is topping their group in Europe's premier club competition.

Twelve months on, he has not scored for club and country in his last eight games having netted just three times this season. Now we've met the two favourites in the group away and it was very, very close in both games.