UEFA Champions League 2016-17 Table & Results: Points Table and Team Standings
- Author: Julie Sanders Sep 27, 2016,
Sep 27, 2016, 10:15
Marc Albrighton opened the scoring with Leicester's first shot on goal and Riyad Mahrez hit a brace as the Foxes opened up their Champions League account with a victory.
The Foxes earned a solid 2-1 win against Swansea in their last fixture before the worldwide break, however, that result was prefaced with a 2-1 defeat at Hull and a 0-0 draw at home against Arsenal and they were thumped 4-1 at Anfield last weekend.
"We know it is very important, these matches, because there are two positions to go into the knockout, but also the third position is good for us", the Italian said.
"After this, we were more calm and we could play our own match".
Brugge's Bjorn Engels, second left, sits on the pitch after being injured during the Champions League Group G soccer match between Club Brugge and Leicester at the Jan Breydel stadium in Brugge, Belgium on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016. If teams take us lightly it only plays to our advantage.
Mahrez's first was a superb free-kick and he converted the second from the penalty spot, with both goals coming after Jamie Vardy was brought down.
In Madrid, Champions League holders Real had a big scare at home to Sporting Lisbon, as Cristiano Ronaldo - against his boyhood club - and substitute Alvaro Morata struck in the closing minutes to seal a stunning comeback and win 2-1. Michel Prudhomme's side will be hoping to start the European competition on a brighter note with a victory over the Premier League winners.
For their manager Claudio Ranieri, this is the start of a sixth Champions League campaign with a sixth different club.
They face Burnley next at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.
Mahrez had missed three of his last four penalties but when he drilled home after an hour, following a superb free-kick - which has been won by Vardy - Leicester was home and hosed.
Ranieri seemed to acknowledge Mahrez's slightly underwhelming domestic form by saying: "Maybe the music woke him up!" Maybe he is very exhausted of listening to dilly-ding, dilly-dong and prefers the Champions League music! "I've experienced the Super Cup in Cardiff before and it would be fantastic to experience an actual Champions League final in Cardiff as well", said Bale last week. "We have to perform better defensively and offensively if we want to win that kind of game".