Shinji Okazaki a different player since Japan duty: Claudio Ranieri
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Nov 02, 2016,
Nov 02, 2016, 1:24
"The manager told me "don't worry, just keep working hard and it will come" and finally it is coming", said the 24-year-old Nigeria worldwide, an 18 million pounds signing from Russian champions CSKA Moscow.
Ranieri said: "We are very close to achieving something special for us".
- Reuters picLONDON, Nov 1 ― Leicester City's Shinji Okazaki is so drained when he returns from global duty with Japan he is barely recognizable from the bustling forward that played a key role in their title triumph last season, said manager Claudio Ranieri.
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Leicester City are close to writing a new chapter in their fantastic story, Claudio Ranieri believes.
Ranieri added that, while Ahmed Musa is expected to be fit for Wednesday, his fellow forward Islam Slimani will not be risked after missing Saturday's 1-1 draw at Tottenham with a groin injury.
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The Premier League champions know a win secures them a place in the last 16 of the competition, although even a draw will be enough if Group G rivals Porto fail to beat Club Brugge. "It's important to be well organised as I respect Copenhagen a lot". "I came to the door, went back to my sitting room to watch the television and 'ring!' And I go back".
The Algerian striker missed the weekend's 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur because of an ankle problem and Ranieri says the Champions League trip to Denmark has come too soon for his summer signing.
"Then I put the chair very close to the door!"
Marc Albrighton has warned his Leicester team mates to expect a tough encounter with FC Copenhagen in the Champions League.
The Italian told reporters: "We had lost to Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea and I told you that sooner or later, we have to change our style, our mind because last season, we played so well, maybe better away than at home".