Leicester must rebound from Everton loss - Chilwell
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 11, 2017,
Apr 11, 2017, 21:39
Atletico Madrid: Oblak; Juanfran, Savic, Godin, Luis; Saul, Koke, Gabi, Carrasco; Torres, Griezmann.
Atletico's Antoine Griezmann, left, runs back during exercises with team mates during a training session in Madrid, Spain Tuesday April 11, 2017.
Leicester City have shown a remarkable ability to defy the odds but face their sternest test yet in the Champions League quarterfinal against Atletico Madrid, the team they have replaced as European football's most fashionable underdogs.
Despite being considered as underdogs, Leicester are expected to go in the match riding high on confidence derived from their best form of the season so far. "We won't underestimate them".
So Atletico Madrid will be confident of breaching their defense as they have also won six out of the eight home Champions League matches this season.
Effective offence the other way secured Atletico the victories it needed to remain contending.
Simeone also clinched the Europa League in 2012 and guided the Rojiblancos to the Champions League final in 2014 and 2016 - when they twice lost to Real.
Diego Simeone's Spanish giants will be looking to go one better this season having been beaten finalists to cross-town rivals Real Madrid past year.
"It was the same for Leicester, they were competing with teams like Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United so them winning the Premier League was a huge achievement". Fierce defending, quick breakaways and precise finishes also kept it alive in its first Champions League campaign this season despite a struggling start.
"We didn't dwell on the wins, we move on to the next game".
"But there's a lot of things happening to this Leicester team and the chances are they will never come round again". Atletico is unbeaten in eight games in all competitions and is coming off a draw against Spanish league leader Madrid in the city derby at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Saturday.
"It was the set-plays that were the most disappointing because, ultimately, they have won the game on two of those", he said.
Unlike Leicester, who after their barely believable title win experienced an emphatic downturn in results which ultimately cost coach Claudio Ranieri his job in February, there was no hard follow-up campaign for Atletico.