Foxes look to clinch progress against Brugge

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports -

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.

REUTERS

Le­ices­ter City’s Danny Drinkwa­ter in ac­tion with Wat­ford’s Daryl Jan­maat

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