August 26, 2016 / 10:47 AM / 3 years ago

Ranieri urges Leicester players to deliver in Champions League

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri. Leicester City v Arsenal - Premier League - King Power Stadium - 20/8/16. Action Images via Reuters / John Sibley Livepic

(Reuters) - Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri wants more from his title-winning squad this season and is eager to see how his team will compete against Europe’s top clubs in their Champions League debut.

Ranieri led the 5,0000-1 outsiders to a historic league title last season and they have been drawn in Group G along with Porto, Club Bruges and FC Copenhagen.

“Last season was wonderful but I want more. Now we are in the Champions League and we have another wonderful opportunity to show our quality,” Ranieri told the club’s website. (

“Now that the teams have been drawn that excitement is building even more and although it won’t be easy against great champions like Porto, like everyone, I’m curious to see how my players perform.

“It will be tough, but we come into this competition to win games and we want so much to progress into the knockout stages.”

The Italian conceded that his side would be underdogs.

“For this reason we must fight for everything,” he said. “I want to see my players fight against the best in Europe.

“Every team in the competition will fight like champions and we must give 100 percent to make our supporters proud.

Reporting by Nivedita Shankar in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond

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