UCL: Sevilla edge Leicester City
- Author: Julie Sanders Feb 25, 2017,
Feb 25, 2017, 2:21
A frustrated Jorge Sampaoli said Leicester City did "very little but succeeded", as he felt his Sevilla side should have won by much more than 2-1 in what had mostly been a commanding performance during their Champions League last-16 first leg meeting at the Sanchez Pizjuan.
There was as much art as energy to one move on 50 minutes, as Nasri - so sensationally setting the tempo - picked out Vitolo with a beautifully weighted pass, only for the striker to hit the post from an acute angle and see the ball roll right across the face of goal. This could help many understand why most English clubs that are dominant in the PL struggle at the Champion's League or Europe in general.
The Foxes were 2-0 down before Vardy scored for the first time since 10 December to give the Foxes an away goal in a 2-1 defeat. The team proved that they are capable of miracles last season but with the sale of key players, they are not the same outfit.
The hosts were awarded a penalty in the 13th minute after a Leicester player fouled Correa in the area.
Ranieri was understandably pleased with the fight that his team showed, too, saying: "We showed our big heart and organisation, belief and we never give up", he said.
Up the other end, Christian Fuchs fired well over from distance and for the remainder of the first half, it was all Sevilla and they should have taken the lead before the quarter-hour mark. Away wards Ranieri, just helpless, in 19 games, two wins, 5 draws and 12 defeats, with the last three dry score.
"We know they are better than us". Albrighton continued: "We've come here and we've switched off from the league for a week or so - we've not got a game till Monday now so it's given us a good mental break from the Premier League". I keep mentioning the centre-backs as their big problem and I think he should try a back five.
Ranieri is preparing for a potentially awkward evening in Andalusia as he attempts to find a solution to the chaos unravelling around him, as Leicester return to the Champions League with minds undoubtedly elsewhere.
The increasingly desperate Dane had to fist a looping, deflected Stevan Jovetic shot over and tip away a fizzing Correa shot as Leicester's lifeless approach of sitting deep in their own half did nothing to stem Sevilla's roaming through the pitch. We knew we were going to have to defend with our lives and ride our luck as well. "If we lose nothing happens, but if we win something inside could change and we need one match like this".