Ranieri: Early goal calmed us

Claudio Ranieri has saluted the importance of Marc Albrighton's early goal as Leicester stormed to a 3-0 win over Club Brugge in their first ever Champions League tie.

Albrighton got the Foxes up and running after just five minutes at the Jan Breydel Stadium on Wednesday before the mercurial Riyad Mahrez added a second on 29 minutes with a sensational free-kick before sealing the result from the penalty spot just after the hour mark.

Speaking after the game, a delighted Ranieri told the club's official website, his side still have work to do to improve.

He said: "It is history because the first match we won away. It was important. I was a little scared at the beginning because Brugge had a chance to score.

"Then suddenly, the first action saw us score a goal with Albrighton. He deserved it because he’s a hard worker and it was good.

"After this, we were more calm and we could play our own match. Brugge had control of the ball and moved it well, but we had control of the match.

"I said a clean sheet was important. We scored twice [in the first half] and it was important to keep going and be attentive so we don’t make any mistakes.

"We scored three goals but I don’t think it was a perfect performance. We can improve a lot."

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