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Published: 22:06 | 27/9/16

Morgan: Leicester resilience ensured win


Leicester defender Wes Morgan has praised his team’s resilience following their 1-0 victory over Porto in the Champions League.

The home victory, which saw Leicester become the first English club to win their first two games in the Champions League, keeps them top of Group G, and in prime position to reach the knock-out stages.

Morgan was also quick to heap praise on goalscorer Islam Slimani, who finished off a right-wing cross from Riyad Mahrez.

"We know we've got to be resilient, especially at home. We had to dig in at the end there so it's pleasing to get three points,” said Morgan.

"Islam Slimani is a handful and he works hard for his goals so he deserves a lot of credit. Pleased for him tonight."

Mahrez added that the Foxes had anticipated a tough battle and were delighted with the three points, saying: "We knew it would be tough and we'd have to work hard to get the points. We're really happy with it."

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri also spoke in positive terms about the huge importance of the crowd at the King Power Stadium and his desire for the team to push on and make the knock-outs in Europe, saying: "I think when we go on the pitch and the crowd push us, and the music and everything was important. And [the fact it was] the Champions League made all my players concentrate because they did their job and we showed our spirit."

"It's not finished yet, Copenhagen won 4-0 tonight [against Club Brugge] and we have the next match at home. It will be very, very important. We want to improve and go through to the knock-out stage. I said at the beginning our goal is try to go into the Champions League knock-out and if not possible to go into the knock-out in the Europa League because it's important for us to make experience in Europe."

Next up for Leicester is a home tie in the Premier League against Southampton on Sunday, while in the Champions League they face back-to-back clashes with FC Copenhagen in October and November.

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