Leicester City fans should be fearful this season

Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel is confident of his team showing a turnaround

Riyad Mahrez struck to give Leicester City a third consecutive Champions League victory as the fairy-tale English Premier League champions edged Copenhagen 1-0 on Tuesday.

Leicester have arguably been unlucky with their fixtures; having three top-four contenders before a midweek game is never easy, while they have Spurs four days before their next Champions League game in Denmark. "It's just psychological. When we play in the Champions League our special qualities switch on".

"When you are playing in the Champions League, your mind is more concentrated, you are more focused on the match". Now we are in the balance, in the middle, and not as good as last season but it's normal for a team like Leicester. We want to continue this way.

The result left Leicester five points clear at the top of Group G and goal hero Mahrez said: "We've got nine points so we're confident [of qualifying for the last 16]".

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.

"From the other side, when I think of the Premier League, I'm very, very angry". When you are in the big competition for the first time you grow and then you lose something when you go back into your own competition.

Ranieri has also defended his Foxes side from criticism they have lacked fight this season after heavy defeats to Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea all came before Champions League ties.

Phil McNulty, BBC Sport's chief football writer: When Leicester's thoughts turned to their first Champions League campaign, qualification from Group G would have been regarded as a major success for manager Claudio Ranieri and his players.

"The opponent knows us very well".

The winger grabbed the victor to maintain the Foxes' 100 per cent record in Europe and keep them top of Group G.

"At 35 I said, "At 50 I finish".

Stale Solbakken's side have no major injury concerns and will be at full strength for this game.

In the closing minutes, goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel's superb reflexes secured the three points for Leicester by keeping out Andreas Cornelius' shot with a one-handed save.

Leicester went into the game having suffered a one-sided 3-0 defeat at Chelsea at the weekend and they were second best during the opening stages as Copenhagen dominated possession.

"But now we've met the two favourites in the group away and we could have had three points, we could have had zero".

Riyad Mahrez scored the decisive goal after 40 minutes to put Leicester just one win away from the knockout stages of the competition at their first attempt.



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