Leicester City player ratings v Club Brugge: Star man 8/10

The Champions League trophy before the game

Leicester City will be hoping it's the first of many games in the Champions League.

 

Leicester City's Marc Albrighton celebrates with team mates after scoring their first goalLeicester City's Marc Albrighton celebrates with team mates after scoring their first goal

The fairytale continued as Leicester City raced into a comfortable lead against a conservative looking Club Brugge in their first foray into Champions League football.

Leicester won 3-0 in a game they largely dominated, but despite enjoying the lion-share of possession, it was the deficiencies in the Brugge defence that handed Leicester the three-points.

 Kasper Schmeichel - 6

A very quiet night for Kasper Schmeichel. Didn't do anything wrong, but wasn't required to do a lot right either.

 Luis Hernandez - 6

A difficult night for Hernandez as he consistently struggled to deal with the pace of Jose Izquierdo. Brugge's best chances of the night came from Hernandez's side as he was left out of position by Izquierdo's impressive movement. His performance wasn't all bad, with Hernandez providing an assist for the first goal, and managing to keep Izquierdo quiet for long stretches of the game.

 Wes Morgan - 7

The centre-backs had little to do, but when called upon, they defended admirably and kept Schmeichel's work load to a minimum. Everything that came into the box was dealt with effectively, and the small number of crosses they did have to contend with, were cut out at the near post.

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Robert Huth - 7

See Morgan above.

 Christian Fuchs - 6

A much quieter night than his fellow full-back Fernandez, Fuchs performed aptly when called upon, but didn't have too much to do on the night.

 Marc Albighton - 8

Man-of-the-Match Albrighton produced the historical moment all Leicester fans had hoped for as he volleyed Fernandez's long throw-in into an open net after some questionable keeping from the Brugge stopper. Albrighton worked hard at both ends of the pitch, providing regular cover for Fuchs, and later Fernandez, as he put in a energetic performance for the Foxes.

 Daniel Amartey - 7

Worked extremely well alongside Danny Drinkwater in the centre of the field. Amartey provided defensive cover every time Drinkwater ventured forward, covering the gaps left by his team-mate. His passing was assured, but Amartey will definitely have bigger tests to come.

 Danny Drinkwater - 7

A solid performance from Drinkwater as Leicester dominated the midfield battle. He provided a great balance between attack and defence, and almost got himself on the score-sheet with two dangerous long-range efforts.

 Riyad Mahrez - 7 (Sub: Demarai Gray, 81')

Largely anonymous in the game prior to his wonderful 29th minute free-kick, Mahrez's influence began to grow as the game went on and Leicester continued to dominate possession. Mahrez doubled his goal tally in the second half with a coolly taken penalty, but his overall performance was far from the menacing displays he so frequently produced last year.

 

Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez celebrates scoring their third goal with Luis HernandezLeicester City's Riyad Mahrez celebrates scoring their third goal with Luis Hernandez

Jamie Vardy - 8 (Sub: Ahmed Musa, 70')

Vardy was extremely lively throughout his 70 minute introduction to Champions League football, winning both the free-kick and penalty that helped Riyad Mahrez to a brace. The England forward's pace caused many issues for the Brugge back-line, most notably 39-year-old Timmy Simons, but his game was lacking the final touch that served him so well last season.

 Islam Slimani- 5 (Sub: Leonardo Ulloa, 62')

Slimani started lively for his new side, frequently offering for the ball and attacking headers at any opportunity. Slimani's performance began to fizzle out relatively quickly however, and a number of loose touches and overtly aggressive actions left Slimani cutting a frustrated figure up top.

Club Brugge's Bjorn Engels is fouled by Leicester City's Islam SlimaniClub Brugge's Bjorn Engels is fouled by Leicester City's Islam Slimani

Substitutions:

Leonardo Ulloa - 5

Didn't make much impact after entering the fray, and may struggle for chances this season with the quality of strikers Leicester has invested in this summer.

Ahmed Musa - 7

Picked up where Vardy left off, hounding the Brugge defence and making great use of his pace. Everything Musa did looked forward, and he presents a good threat from the bench.

Demarai Gray - N/A

 

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