The Foxes won 3-0 in Belgium, and Mahrez struck a stunning free kick to help Ranieri’s side on their way to three points, and grabbed the third from the penalty spot. Marc Albrighton opened the scoring early on to set them on their way to victory in their first ever Champions League game.
Afterwards, according to the Guardian, Ranieri said: “I said from the beginning the Champions League will be an experience for us – we hope to get through and play again. But if not, we want to get in the Europa League – that’s the target.
“We’ve just played the first match; there’s another five to go. We have taken confidence. But let’s stay calm. It wasn’t easy. If they’d scored early it would have changed the match.”
On Mahrez, he joked: “Maybe the music woke up him! Maybe he’s tired of dilly-ding, dilly dong and the Champions League music woke him. I liked his [performance], he worked very hard
According to Sky Sports, Ranieri was generally proud of the way his side reacted after being beaten 4-1 at the weekend: “It was important to show the reaction after the Liverpool defeat. I said we cannot think about the Champions League, it’s an experience for us and we hope to go through the group and play again.
“If we don’t achieve the first two positions, we’ll go in the Europa League, that’s our desire to continue in Europe although the Champions League is better.
“Now we play the first match, there are another five. We played our style. They tried to find a right solution, but it was very difficult. It was good for us to start our story with a victory.”
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