Foxes look to clinch progress against Brugge
LEICESTER / Leicester City FC will look to take the final step towards qualification for the Uefa Champions League knockout stage when they host Club Brugge on Tuesday.
The English champions are unbeaten at the Group “G” summit and need only a draw to secure progress. Equally, they will be assured qualification if FC Copenhagen fail to win at home against second-placed FC Porto in the group’s other game.
As for visitors Club Brugge, they need to win and hope Copenhagen do not if they are to stay in contention for third place and entry into the Uefa Europa League.
Prior to this season, Leicester had not won a single game in European competition since 1961. They erased that statistic with a 3-0 win at Club Brugge on matchday one – the first of three straight victories in Group “G”.
With their 0-0 draw at FCK last time out, Claudio Ranieri’s tournament newcomers earned a fourth straight clean sheet. Along with Sevilla, they are one of only two group stage contenders yet to concede a goal.
Leicester are aiming to become the first English side since Manchester United FC in 2010/11 to start a Uefa Champions League group campaign with five straight shutouts. If Leicester do achieve qualification for the last 16, it would be the fifth time in six attempts for manager Ranieri, who has previously advanced from the group stage with Chelsea, Juventus, Roma and Internationale Milan.
The Belgian titleholders are one of only two clubs – together with Dinamo Zagreb – yet to pick up a point in the group stage. Bottom-placed Brugge are aiming to avoid what would be a club-record fifth straight defeat in a single European campaign. They lost four in a row in 2015/16 and 2002/03 but those losing streaks were spread across both the Champs League and Uefa Cup/Uefa Europa League.
Leicester City’s Danny Drinkwater in action with Watford’s Daryl Janmaat