Premier league defending champions, Leicester City will today make their official home debut in the UEFA champions League against Porto in King Power Stadium.
Leicester have made a faltering start to their title defence and after Saturday’s 4-1 loss at Manchester United, they have now lost as many league games – three – as in the entirety of last season.
But Claudio Ranieri’s men made a fine start to their maiden Champions League campaign, winning 3-0 at Club Brugge, and Tuesday’s game represents another new chapter in the club’s 132-year history.
“In Bruges it was a surreal feeling –- you walk out on a Champions League carpet, through a Champions League arch,” said winger Marc Albrighton, who scored Leicester’s opener in Belgium.
“It is something we are usually watching on TV and we are stood there all of a sudden and listening to that tune and going out to play in a Champions League game.
“It is surreal, but it makes you want more. It gives you that taste of it.
“We know it will be a fantastic occasion and if we can get off to a good start here at this stadium and build on that, we will put ourselves in a great position to go further in this competition.”
Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel sat out Saturday’s trip to Old Trafford with a groin injury, but he is expected to play against Porto after training with the rest of the squad on Monday.
French midfielder Nampalys Mendy, however, remains sidelined with an ankle problem.
Ranieri will draw confidence from the presence in his starting XI of 28 million pounds ($36.3 million, 32.3 million euros) record signing Islam Slimani.
The Algeria striker scored six goals against Porto in six appearances for his former club Sporting Lisbon – including five this year – and was dubbed ‘The Dragon Slayer’ by the Lisbon club’s fans.