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Kasper Schmeichel has revealed Leicester City's players held clear-the-air talks in the wake of their poor start to the season.
The reigning Premier League champions are without a win away from the King Power Stadium this season and have conceded 14 goals in the league, leaving them with a mountain to climb in their quest to defend their crown.
While they have struggled domestically, they have won both of their games in the Champions League and could take a huge step to reaching the knockout stages if they defeat FC Copenhagen on Tuesday evening.
Following Saturday's 3-0 defeat at Chelsea, the players met at the training ground on Saturday to discuss their poor form and Schmeichel is confident the talks will have the desired effect.
“We’ve had a chat and things have been said and resolved, now we move on. Any defeat hurts and it’s not nice to lose the way we did. We’ve had to look at ourselves in the mirror and get back on it because this is massive test for us," Schmeichel said.
“I’m confident we will come back strongly and I’ve known a lot of the players for many years, I would never question their heart at all.
“Our mentality won us the league last season but we’ve been good enough in the Champions League. You have to pinch yourself that we’re playing in Europe – a few years ago we were playing on Tuesday nights in the Championship in front of much smaller crowds.”
With just eight points from their opening eight games, Leicester are just two points clear of the relegation zone, but manager Claudio Ranieri is refusing to hit the panic button just yet.
"Remember at the beginning of the season I said it’s normal when team a plays in Europe for the first time they lose a little something. The league is up and down, it’s normal. They are human, not machines," he said.
"We are in the right way. It’s normal to have something to work on at the start – new players come, new philosophy, the opponent knows us well.
"We are Leicester – a good team when compact and when we show our qualities.
I touch wood now but I think we can fight in every match. I am sure we will get better. We have to be solid. But we don’t make any pressure about relegation or something else."
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