Sep 16, 2016

    'Stay calm, humble', says Ranieri after 3-0 debut


    WHILE their fans celebrated a perfect Champions League debut, Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri called for nobody to get carried away after Wednesday's 3-0 romp away to Club Brugge in Belgium.

    The Premier League champions might have gone behind inside three minutes at the Jan Breydelstadion.

    But Jose Izquierdo missed a gilt-edged opportunity for Club Brugge and Marc Albrighton opened the scoring at the other end moments later.

    Riyad Mahrez then curled in a free-kick just before the half-hour mark before converting a 61st-minute penalty following a foul by goalkeeper Ludovic Butelle on Jamie Vardy to hand the Foxes all three points in their first European match in 16 years.

    "The match could have changed face if they scored at the beginning, but they lost the chance and our first chance we scored a goal.

    "It was good for us to start our story with a victory," said Ranieri, whose team bounced back from a 4-1 thumping at Liverpool at the weekend.

    "I said from the beginning that the Champions League is an experience for us. We hope to go through the group and play again, but for us also it is important if we don't achieve the first two positions, to go into the Europa League.

    "That's our target, our desire, to continue in Europe. Of course, the Champions League is much better but now we play just the first match.

    "There are another five, so stay calm, humble," added Ranieri whose team are already in control of Group G after rivals Porto and FC Copenhagen drew 1-1 in Portugal.