By Will Butcher
Football Insider analyses three talking points from Leicester’s 2-1 victory against Club Brugge in the Champions League, as Claudio Ranieri’s side qualify for the knockout stages.
Ranieri must use prizemoney to buy a centre-back
Strength, aerial ability and clearing his lines are all positives of Robert Huth’s game. But in the Champions League it is asking for trouble to have a defender in your side that is so easily outpaced. At times, Club Brugge’s striker Jelle Vossen would have a twenty-yard deficit on a long ball knocked over the top of the Foxes’ defence, but they would end up side by side as he chased the Germany international down. With summer signing Luis Fernandez failing to impress at the King Power Stadium so far, Claudio Ranieri should consider using the money earned from qualifying to the knockout stage by signing a new centre-back.
Vardy needs a bit of luck
It is difficult not to feel sorry for Jamie Vardy. His tireless work ethic continued for the majority of the night, as he hassled the Brugge defence relentlessly. Without a Champions League goal so far, Vardy’s run without a goal for the Foxes has now stretched to 14 league and cup encounters. His game was summed up when he expertly flicked a near-post cross into the corner of the net, only for it to be ruled out for offside. Despite his missing goalscoring touch, Vardy was superb as he gained territory, played a major part in Leicester’s first goal and ran his heart out.
Leicester had an easy group
Ranieri’s side finished top of Group G, and did what was asked of them. But on Tuesday night’s showing, the Foxes will be in for a big surprise in the knockout phase. Brugge did not look like a side that boasted Champions League quality, and certainly did not prove otherwise while on the pitch. The Foxes will have to change to something a lot more vicious in front of goal against a better side, but all in all, a very comfortable night for Leicester despite Izquerido’s goal midway through the second half.