Leicester City: Struggling Bristol a threat, says Kasper Schmeichel
Kasper Schmeichel has sounded out a warning to his Leicester City team-mates ahead of this afternoon's clash with relegation-threatened Bristol City at Ashton Gate.
While City have picked up seven points from their last three league games, and sit just five points off the automatic promotion places, the Robins are embroiled in a fight for survival.
Schmeichel believes Bristol are much stronger than their positions suggests and that they are capable of finding some good form. They should not, on any account, be under-estimated.
"This will be tough, no question," he said. "They have very good players but, for whatever reason, it hasn't clicked for them this season.
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"We have got to be ready because they might just click when we play them. But I think we have been professional enough for most of the season to approach the game in the right way.
"You can't look too much at league positions. Sometimes you have to think about it as just 11 versus 11 on the pitch and anything is possible.
"We have to be on our game and focused. The target is a clean sheet and, with the strike power we have got, we are very confident we can score goals."
Schmeichel is aware of City's recent record at Ashton Gate.
"We haven't done particularly well there recently," he said.
"It was 3-2 to them last season and I remember that game. They got two deflected goals. We have to change that."
City have kept 10 clean sheets so far this season, the highest number in the Championship, and Schmeichel believes shutting out a Robins side that has scored 24 goals in their 12 home league games this season will be the key to success.
"It is the foundation of any successful team," he said.
"I think we have a very good defence. There is a great understanding between us all.
"We know each other's roles in the back five and there is very good communication, lots of talking.
"That is what you need. Everyone is talking and even young Michael Keane is talking more now.
"Everyone is contributing, the midfielders and the strikers are working hard, it is a big team effort.
"Then I believe we have the strikers now who are always capable of winning us games."