Leicester City v FC Copenhagen

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Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has admitted that his Premier League winning side have now been brought back down to earth.

Their home form in the League is just as puzzling - eight points from eight games is prompting questions about whether they have lost their way.

Leicester surprised everybody by claiming the title last season but things have not gone so swimmingly for the defending champions during the current campaign. "Now we are in the balance, in the middle, not as well as last season and in a new season".

Claudio Ranieri expects his Leicester City players to produce their best performances for the two crucial Champions League clashes against Copenhagen.

"The defeats have hurt of course and it was not nice to lose in the way we did [against Chelsea]", he said with a thinly-disguised snarl. I catch myself in the moment when we were playing here on Tuesday nights in the Championship in front of smaller crowds. They are human, not machines.

"We want to improve but it's normal when we start the season to have something to work on because new players have come and everything is new", said Ranieri.

Ranieri said Leicester's matches against FC Copenhagen are "very important" and "will tell us what we can do in the Champions League". "We've come a long way and it's important to remember that".

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Ranieri's side warmed up for this pivotal match against an FC Copenhagen side unbeaten in 23 matches with a 3-0 defeat at Chelsea on Saturday.

"It will be a special experience for myself to play against them, I've never played against a Danish team or a club game in Denmark".

The Foxes go into tonight's game with two impressive Champions League games under their belt over Club Brugge and Porto.

"Teams are going to try and stop us in different ways because past year we had a lot of joy doing what we did, but as far as we are concerned it is not the way we are playing".

England striker Jamie Vardy, without a goal in his last eight games - his worst trot for two years - has been absolved of blame by his manager. I'm still very confident in him.

At this stage last season, he had scored 11 goals. We're working hard and it'll come good - I'm sure of that. "I don't think it's a time to worry or panic at all", Schmeichel said.