Leicester believe they can replicate their Premier League success in the Champions League.
Last season’s impossible title winners make their European debut tonight against Club Brugge (8.45pm).
And midfielder Danny Drinkwater and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel say that by sticking to their 4-4-2 formation and counterattacking style, they can shock the continent’s heavy hitters.
Schmeichel says: “The success we’ve had in the years I’ve been here has been through us being us, playing the way we do. We are a solid 4-4-2.
“It is not for me to say, it is for Claudio [Ranieri] when we really start preparing. For us we try to be ourselves and do what has got us success.”
Drinkwater adds: “We do what we have done to get us there. I don’t see why we should change that. I think it is up to teams to try and cancel out what we can do.”
The former Manchester United youth player was at the Nou Camp to witness the 1999 triumph over Bayern Munich and the 2008 penalty shootout win over Chelsea in Moscow.
The England midfielder would like to get his chance on the pitch now and says his Foxes have the spirit to emulate Nottingham Forest’s European Cup wins in back-to-back seasons.
He adds: “We don’t want it to be the first and last time we are in the Champions League.
“We are going to look to show them what we are made of.
“I’d be daft if I said we can’t win it. I think everybody would have thought we couldn’t win the Premier League and we did it. If we are playing to prove people wrong then perfect.”
Keeper Schmeichel adds that they will fight to bounce back after their 4-1 hammering at Liverpool.
The Dane says: “We didn’t quite hit the standards that we know we can and they punished us.
“We weren’t at our best, but a lot of credit goes to Liverpool because they were very expansive. They’ve got pace to burn on the wings and they cut inside a lot, so it’s very difficult to defend against. The old cliché is to dust ourselves down.”
Tonight’s Champions League fixtures
- Bayer 04 Leverkusen v CSKA Moscow
- Legia Warsaw v Borussia Dortmund
- Tottenham v Monaco
- Juventus v Sevilla
- FC Porto v FC Copenhagen
- Club Brugge v Leicester
- Real Madrid v Sporting Lisbon
- Lyon v Dinamo Zagreb
(All games 8.45pm)