Leicester manager blames poor refereeing for Atletico loss

Leicester: Kasper Schmeichel 7, Danny Simpson 7, Robert Huth 8, Yohan Benalouane 8, Christian Fuchs 7, Marc Albrighton 6, Danny Drinkwater 6, Wilfred Ndidi 7, Riyad Mahrez 6, Jamie Vardy 6, Shinji Okazaki 6.

Manager Craig Shakespeare, who replaced the sacked Claudio Ranieri in February, made a tactical change to ensure the Atletico forward became nearly ineffective. "I think it's one of the major decisions of the game".

"I hope we can play the same game against Sevilla".

"He has to get that one right, he can't guess on those things".

"It's the key decisions you want correct".

Captain Morgan, an inspirational leader in the Foxes' remarkable Premier League title success last season, has not played for a month due to a back injury and will not be rushed back for the weekend meeting at Selhurst Park.

"A few people we saw who haven't been causing trouble have tried to talk to them but they were rudely brushed away". "If he is out, we will have to have a look at what we do with team shape", Shakespeare added.

"We know we have to be more open because we need a goal but we also know that one of Atlético's pluses is their ability on the counter-attack".

'We were always on the tightrope with people like Robert because he's a very competitive centre-half'. They will fancy their chances of overturning the deficit when they host Atletico in the second leg next Tuesday.

"Atletico are a very good team, their work ethic is exceptional".

"We're still in the tie and that was the aim".

Griezmann collected the ball outside his own area and ran to just inside the Leicester box before being crudely barged over by Albrighton.

"He's a fabulous player", Atletico coach Diego Simeone said of the French global.

"We got to a point tonight at 1-0 where we felt let's hold on to what we have got and just stay in the tie and get back to Leicester".

Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer denied Ronaldo and Gareth Bale with fine stops but after Javi Martinez was sent off in the 61st minute following two quick-fire yellow cards, Real took control, leaving Bayern with much to do ahead of the second leg, in Spain next week.

Unusually for Simeone's men they were in nearly complete control of possession, but largely limited to shots from long range.

  • Julie Sanders