A TASTE OF THE BIG TIME
This is a first taste of Europe’s elite club competition for the Foxes – and only their fourth season in European competition in their 132-year history. Their last continental adventure came in the 2000/01 UEFA Cup and was short-lived as they went down 4-2 on aggregate against FK Crvena Zvezda.
Leicester have played eight matches in European football prior to this season and their record reads W2 D2 L4. This will be the sixth UEFA Champions League campaign for coach Claudio Ranieri, who led Chelsea FC to the semi-finals in 2004, with a sixth different club (Chelsea, Valencia, Juventus, Roma, Inter and Leicester). He has steered his team into the knockout phase four times in five attempts; the only group stage exit was with Valencia in 2004/05.