Last time out, FC Copenhagen managed to put the brakes on Leicester’s dream start to the Champions League by holding them to a 0-0 draw. The Danish side sit in third, but a loss against Porto and a Leicester City win against Brugge would see them eliminated and the two winning sides go through. Luckily for them, they’re cruising in the Danish Superliga this season and have lost only once in all competitions - their original fixture against Leicester City where they lost 1-0. The reverse fixture in Portugal saw the sides draw 1-1 and since then, FC Copenhagen’s crop of attacking talent in Thomas Delaney, Andreas Cornelius, and Federico Santander have clicked, with each scoring at least five goals so far. They’ll need to stop one of Europe’s most sought-after youngsters, Andre Silva (who we profiled on Howler), who could see to it that FC Copenhagen’s five match unbeaten run at home in European competition comes to an end.
The first Danish team to ever reach the group stages, FC Copenhagen are back in the competition after two years in the Europa League. The current Danish champions have a decent chance to repeat that feat with Club Brugge, FC Porto and Leicester City rounding out their group. They’ll have to do so without winger Nicolai Jørgensen, who was last season’s top scorer. Forward Federico Santander, their second highest scorer, will shoulder the goalscoring burden alongside København’s usual influx of young Danish talent. Having managed a draw against Barcelona the last time they made it to the knockout stages, getting out of this group is not an unrealistic aim.
Porto are in the midst of an uncharacteristic trophyless drought, having not won anything for two seasons - the first time they’ve done so since 1981. They’ve brought in Valencia manager Nuno and kept hold of captain Hector Herrera and Algerian attacking midfielder Yacine Brahimi. There will be intense focus on winning a domestic trophy this season, but in a group that includes FC København, Club Brugge and Leicester City, there is no reason why they couldn’t simultaneously make progress in the Champions League. After a couple years in the wilderness, it could be a return to form for the Dragons.
A regular starter of the Danish national team, Kvist acts as København’s midfield general.
The Paraguayan scored 14 goals in his first season in Copenhagen.