Leicester City step closer to qualification with draw in Copenhagen


Leicester Citys 0-0 away draw versus FC Copenhagen takes them ever more detailed to the last 16 of the Champions League

It was among those nights when the Champions League music played clear and loud however nobody danced to the tune. The home entertainment on the pitch not did anything to warm the hearts of the fans on a cold night in the Danish capital as Leicester were made to wait on the possibility to verify their location in the last 16.

Claudio Ranieris side now require one point from their last 2 matches to ensure remaining in the knockout phase and it would be a significant surprise if that landmark minute cannot reach house versus Club Brugge in a little under 3 weeks time.

They never ever did enough to get the win that would have did the job here, where FC Copenhagen limited Leicester to couple of chances and were when again left cursing Kasper Schmeichel. Going back to his home town and playing in an arena that is 2 minutes from his home, Schmeichel produced a fantastic 90th-minute conserve to reject Andreas Cornelius, simply as he carried out in the video game at the King Power Stadium last month , when the exact same gamer was avoided from scoring in the closing seconds.

It was an excellent piece of goalkeeping from Schmeichel, specifically as he had so bit provide for a lot of this frustrating video game. He has actually kept 4 succeeding tidy sheets in the Champions League and his significance to Leicester is difficult to overemphasize.

Ranieri explained Schmeichel as one of the finest goalkeepers in Europe and it is tough to disagree on existing type. Kasper is great, the Leicester supervisor stated. I have actually coached a great deal of huge champs in objective, Kasper is among these. He has actually had 2 ideal seasons.

Ranieri stated himself pleased with the result however far from delighted with the pitch, which was just recently communicated and triggered numerous gamers to lose their footing in a scrappy encounter.

On other events, particularly in the very first half, Leicester never ever assisted themselves with some disastrous protective errors that might have shown expensive on another night.

Their centre-backs, Wes Morgan and Robert Huth, were fortunate to obtain away with mistakes the latter was scheduled after he carried down Federico Santander to stop the striker from leaving and it took a tactical modification from Ranieri, who had fun with 3 at the back for a duration, to put Leicester more at ease as they had a hard time to adjust to a brand-new system.

There was no fluency or cohesion to Leicesters play and they developed valuable little as an assaulting force, with their finest minute most likely the low centre that Danny Drinkwater moved throughout the six-yard box early in the 2nd half. The ball avoided Jamie Vardy, who withstood a discouraging night searching for his very first objective in 12 matches for club and nation.

Vardy never ever had a clear sight of objective, the service into him was bad and the method Leicester established at the start, with Ahmed Musa likewise released through the middle, just did not work.

Ranieri accepted that held true and Musa was moved out large with Riyad Mahrez using up a more main position behind Vardy. There was an enhancement for a duration, particularly throughout the opening 15 minutes of the 2nd half, however this was far from the Leicester that counterattacked with such hazard last season.

In fairness to Ranieri and his gamers, there was no substantial pressure on them to go after a success due to the fact that of their commanding position at the top of Group G and a point versus a group that is now unbeaten in 31 matches in the house, extending back to August in 2015, ought to not be dismissed.

It was an excellent efficiency, Ranieri stated. At the start of the match we anticipated Copenhagen to press a lot however we stopped them extremely well and after I altered the shape we played much better.

There were 3 shots on target all match with Jeff Schlupp signing up Leicesters sole effort with a low, deflected drive that rolled harmlessly into the arms of Robin Olsen, the Copenhagen goalkeeper. When he smothered at the feet of Benjamin Verbic in the 2nd half, #peeee

Schmeichel did have one other crucial stop to make.

For much of the video game the house group looked toothless in advance and although Ranieri applauded Leicester for protecting resolutely, it was appealing to believe that a much better side than Copenhagen would have provided a lot more uneasy trip.

There was some stubborn completing from the house group in the 2nd half, when Peter Ankersen and Verbic cannot maximize the area that opened invitingly for them. Santander likewise whipped large after Schmeichel stayed out Corneliuss header with one hand.

Leicester, however, progress and whatever is now established for the see of Brugge, who have actually lost all 4 of their group matches.

Its hard, Ranieri stated. Yes, Brugge are down however they wish to do something. For us its crucial to attain 3 points and go to Porto extremely calm and aim to be initially in the group.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/nov/02/fc-copenhagen-leicester-city-champions-league-match-report