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Combined XI: The Crème de la Crème From Leicester City And Porto In One Lineup

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Snehanjan Banerjee
Snehanjan used to a former columnist at The 4th Official. Fan of KK, Cricket and Liverpool (in no particular order).

For the first time ever, King Power Stadium in Leicester will experience a Champions League game and it is a big one as the Premier League holders welcome former Champions League holders in the second group stage game of the Champions League. The Foxes will be keen to make this historic day count building on a fantastic Match day 1 triumph over Club Brugge. Porto will be licking the wounds after only being able to manage a draw against a 10-man Copenhagen at home in the first game. That makes this an interesting fixture.

Here is the combined lineup of Leicester City and Porto.


Porto keeper Iker Casillas’ best days are well behind him but still the legendary Spanish keeper trumps both Ron-Robert Zieler and Kasper Schmeichel for a place under the bar. Even though Mexican defender Miguel Layun is a left-back by trade, he is well capable of plying his trade in the right-back position. The 28-year-old makes our combined lineup ahead of Danny Simpson. Christian Fuchs is an undisputed choice in the left-back position. Robert Huth and Wes Morgan have not done particularly well this season and therefore, we are inclined to select Porto pair Felipe and Marcano at the heart of the defence.


In the middle of the park, Mexican international midfielder Hector Herrera is an undisputed choice. The 26-year-old provides a wealth of energy and creativity in the middle of the park. Probably one the most underrated midfielders in the world, Herrera makes our combined lineup with ease.

Alongside the Mexican, we have opted for Danny Drinkwater. The Englishman has not done very well this campaign so far but his quality cannot be questioned. Drinkwater easily trumps the likes of Ruben Neves, Otavio and his colleague Amartey for a start in the middle of the park. One of the best players in the Premier League last season, Riyad Mahrez has failed to sustain his form this season but still makes our combined lineup. Mahrez’s international colleague Yacine Brahimi gets the nod on the left flank ahead of Marc Albrighton.


It will be an all-Leicester city attack in our combined lineup. Leicester City’s club record signing Islam Slimani, an import from Porto’s local rivals Sporting Lisbon, makes our combined lineup with ease. Jamie Vardy was the stellar performer for Leicester City in their win against Club Brugge in the first game and makes our combined lineup.

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