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Porto’s André Silva brings Leicester down to earth in final group game

FC Porto's Andre Silva scores their first goal

As chapters in a Champions League adventure go, this could hardly have been less romantic. Better sides than Leicester will fall at Estádio do Dragão, and it spoke warmly of their achievements that Claudio Ranieri could afford to field a skeleton lineup for what could have been their toughest Group G assignment, but the aftertaste was not meant to be this bitter.

Leicester’s Claudio Ranieri worried by defensive frailties but ready for Porto

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri during training

It was a funny old occasion at the King Power Stadium as Claudio Ranieri went from reflecting on where things are going wrong for Leicester City in defence this season to looking forward to “continuing the fairytale” in one of the most historic games in the club’s history. In the middle of it all a photograph of Emile Heskey slid off the wall as a dozen or so television crews jostled for position on a platform that was never built with Champions League press conferences in mind.

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FC Porto's Andre Silva scores their first goal

Porto’s André Silva brings Leicester down to earth in final group game

As chapters in a Champions League adventure go, this could hardly have been less romantic. Better sides than Leicester will fall at Estádio do Dragão, and it spoke warmly of their achievements that Claudio Ranieri could afford to field a skeleton lineup for what could have been their toughest Group G assignment, but the aftertaste was not meant to be this bitter.

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri during training

Leicester’s Claudio Ranieri worried by defensive frailties but ready for Porto

It was a funny old occasion at the King Power Stadium as Claudio Ranieri went from reflecting on where things are going wrong for Leicester City in defence this season to looking forward to “continuing the fairytale” in one of the most historic games in the club’s history. In the middle of it all a photograph of Emile Heskey slid off the wall as a dozen or so television crews jostled for position on a platform that was never built with Champions League press conferences in mind.