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Schmeichel confident that Leicester can stay competitive

Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel believes that the Foxes can battle towards the top end of the table despite losing N’Golo Kante.

Kante was the big departure from the squad during the summer, as the French international opted to move to Chelsea. But despite the loss of Kante, the Danish netminder thinks that Leicester will be successful again in the league this season.

“Time will tell if the squad is stronger but we’re not a one-man team,” Schmeichel said. “We’re a very closely knit unit. We don’t go around pretending to be this and that or saying: ‘We’re going to do this or that.’ We just work hard for each other every single game. That’s all we can ask of each other and it’s brought us a lot of success.”

Leicester were defeated 2-1 by Manchester United in the Community Shield on Sunday after a goal by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but Schmeichel was still pleased with the way they played.

“I think we’ve got a lot to be proud of from that performance,” Schmeichel said. “We gave everything we had and as long as we can look each other in the eyes and know we gave everything then we can be proud of that.

“The players that came on are top players. Musa’s pace is frightening. Jamie, Jeff Schlupp, Marc Albrighton – we’ve got some great options going forward and plenty of pace. Any defence coming up against that would be worried.

“We’ve got a lot to look forward to. We’ve got loads of pace and you can see the options we’ve got coming off the bench. The amount of power and pace we’ve got coming on is scary to supplement Vardy’s pace as well. It’s up to us to utilise that.”

Champions Leicester kicks off the new Premier League against newcomers Hull City on Saturday at the KC Stadium.

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