Leicester City is on the brink of advancing into the last 16 of the Champions League after their 1-0 win over Copenhagen at the King Power Stadium.
Riyad Mahrez’s flicking volley five minutes before half time was sufficient for the Foxes to maintain the 100% record of their Champions League campaign.
Copenhagen, who went into the game with a 24-match unbeaten streak could have kept the record intact, but was unlucky that they were unable to convert their chances against the Foxes.
Striker Andreas Cornelius’s header was just inches wide from his target just moments after the Foxes had taken the lead, while a brilliant one-handed save from Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel in the closing minutes thwarted Cornelius again to maintain Leicester’s clean sheet in the tournament.
The result meant that Leicester can now secure a place in the last 16 with just one more win, having already guaranteed at least a place in the Europa League with nine points on the summit of group G.
However, Foxes manager Claudio Ranieri says he is “very, very angry” his team cannot replicate their Champions League form in the Premier League. Remarkably, Leicester has accumulated more points in Europe than domestically despite playing five games fewer, and are at 13th place in the Premier League table with 8 points.
“Very proud of the side from one side but from another, when I think of the Premier League, I am very, very angry,” Ranieri said.
“In my career this has happened. 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.”
“When you play in the Champions League you are switched on, very, very smart and focused on every situation. You use up a lot of mental energy in the Champions League.”
“We want to change this though because the Premier League is our priority.”