Champions League

Ranieri hails Schmeichel as among Europe's best

Kasper Schmeichel (Getty Images)
Kasper Schmeichel (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Leicester City maintained their clean sheet record in the Champions League thanks to goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said that Schmeichel was among the best goalkeepers in Europe after the Foxes drew 0-0 against Copenhagen, with Schmeichel making a crucial late save.

"Kasper is fantastic, I have coached a lot of big champions in goal, Kasper is one of these. He has had two perfect seasons," Ranieri said.

His late save denied Copenhagen's Andreas Cornelius, putting Leicester just a point away from securing a spot in the last 16.

"Kasper, this is my second year, has always made good performances," Ranieri said.

"I am very calm when Kasper is in goal. He is strong, assured and commands the defensive line. He is a very good goalkeeper."

"It was a very good save, if they score they win the match."

Copenhagen manager Stale Solbakken was also full of praise for Schmeichel.

"Schmeichel has made two good saves in the dying minutes in both games, that is why he is standing there," Solbakken said. "He is one of the reasons why they won the title last season."

Leicester have two games to play, against Club Brugge at home on November 22 and away against Porto in December.

Ranieri said he was seeking to confirm their progress this month.

"It's good, now our minds in the Champions League are about Brugge. Porto are three points behind with seven points and now there is a big challenge between Copenhagen and Porto."

"We have to win against Brugge, it's not easy. Yes they are down, but they want to do something," he said after Porto beat Brugge 1-0.

"For us it's important to achieve three points and go to Porto very calm and try to be first in the group."

Leicester will now be looking to carry their impressive Champions League form into the Premier League with the Foxes languishing in 10th position on the log.

Ranieri's charges welcome Tony Pulis' West Bromwich Albion to the King Power Stadium on Sunday.

Kick off is at 18:00.

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