Belfast Telegraph

Marc Albrighton eyes latter stages after Leicester's fine Champions League start

Leicester winger Marc Albrighton is already eyeing the Champions League knock-out stages after the Foxes' perfect start.

Islam Slimani scored to secure a 1-0 victory over Porto on Tuesday and seal successive Group G wins in their first two games in the competition.

They are top of the group ahead of back-to-back games with second placed Copenhagen in October and November and Albrighton wants their fairytale to continue.

He said: "We've given ourselves a great chance. We have four tough games coming up and if we win our home games then I think we'll qualify. It's a long way in the future but that's definitely our aim.

"We said before the competition started we needed to make this place a fortress and we certainly showed that against a top Porto side and hopefully we can do it against Copenhagen.

"It's a great record to have (being the first English club to win their opening two Champions League games) and we have given ourselves the best possible opportunity and we want to go far in the competition."

The 26-year-old scored Leicester's first-ever Champions League goal in their 3-0 win at Club Brugge earlier this month.

The Foxes went into both games having lost 4-1 to Liverpool and Manchester United in the Premier League and Albrighton knows the defending champions must find consistency in the league ahead of Sunday's visit of Southampton.

He added: "We have had some tough games, going to Liverpool and Old Trafford, but it's the manner we lost which was tough to take. If we can sort that form out and carry on this form then we'll have good season.

"It's going to be difficult, we are going to do our best. We have got the squad now and options in all positions and we need to make use of them. If we change the side we're not going to be losing out."


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