Okazaki: We Can Write More History

Shinji Okazaki says Leicester City can write more history after scoring his first UEFA Champions League goal to help see off Club Brugge and secure top spot in Group G.
- Shinji Okazaki says Leicester City can write more history in the UEFA Champions League 

- The City striker scored his first goal in the competition to set up a 2-1 win against Club Brugge 

- Riyad Mahrez’s 30th minute penalty helped the Foxes book their place in the last-16 

- Okazaki insists focus must now return to the Premier League after topping Group G 

The Foxes striker struck in the 5th minute at Leicester City Stadium on Tuesday night before Riyad Mahrez’s 30th minute penalty doubled the hosts’ advantage in their penultimate group stage fixture. 

Brugge narrowed the arrears in the second half, courtesy of Jose Izquierdo’s powerful strike shortly after the break, but City battled hard to secure their fourth victory in Group G ahead of the trip to Porto on 7 December. 

Speaking to LCFC TV at full-time, Okazaki admitted he was delighted to be named in Claudio Ranieri’s starting line-up for the visit of the Belgian champions and says City are hopeful of continuing their superb European form into the New Year. 

“I was excited to be in the starting XI in the Champions League for the first time,” he said. 

“Christian played a great ball for me and I needed to show concentration and shoot very well to score. I am happy to score a first goal and get it in the Champions League. 

“Christian is always looking for me and it was a great pass, so I am very grateful to him. 

“This is unbelievable because of our history. But we want to write new history at Leicester City. For me, it is fantastic to be a part of that history. For the fans and the team, it is fantastic.” 

Following successive defeats in the Premier League, to West Bromwich Albion and Watford, Okazaki says the focus must now return to City’s domestic form, starting on Saturday against Middlesbrough. 

“It is very important against Middlesbrough,” he added. “But today was about winning the match and now we hope to keep going on Saturday.”

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