Ranieri sets Champions League target

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Leicester City’s Italian manager Claudio Ranieri  have a modest target in the UCL. / AFP / OLLY GREENWOOD AND OLLY GRENWOOD

Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri has given himself and his team the minimum target of making it at least to the UEFA Champions League knockout phase from the present Group stage.

The Foxes have a seemingly fair draw having been pitched in Group G to face Porto, Club Brugge and FC Copenhagen in their first-ever campaign among Europe’s elite.

Leicester were one of the top seeds, having won the league by 10 points in May and Ranieri, who spoke to the media on Thursday said he has his eyes firmly on the knockout stages.

He said: “It’s good for our fans to come here and for [the media] — a lot of you are in the Champions League for the first time. It’s a very good experience and gift for everyone here. It’s a good experience to go around Europe. I hope it’s not just three away games — I hope for a little more.

“I don’t know how many [Leicester need to qualify]. Sometimes eight or 10 can be good, sometimes not. Slowly, slowly.”

The Foxes will start their campaign next month and have not played in Europe since 2000, when they lost a UEFA Cup first-round tie to Red Star Belgrade.

Ranieri added: “I’m very proud and pleased a lot of fans will come with us around Europe.”

Leicester are hunting their first win after picking up only one point from their opening two Premier League games and Ranieri remains focused on his survival target and on the visit of the Swans.