Mission Impossible II still alive for Leicester City

Sevilla absolutely dominated Leicester City for about 60 minutes last night. Leicester had a lucky escape when Kasper Schmeichel saved Joaquin Correa’s early penalty, but it wasn’t long before a fantastic headed goal by Pablo Sarabia put the hosts in front. The Foxes came into the game having lost five straight Premier League games without scoring, they looked incredibly nervous and lacked confidence. Christian Fuchs almost headed past his own goalkeeper after six minutes. Wes Morgan clumsily conceded the penalty not long after that.

Sevilla produced a wave of attack after attack, the gulf in class was there for all to see. Leicester had Kasper Schmeichel to thank – if it wasn’t for him Sevilla would have been out of sight. The introduction of Demarai Gray in the second half seemed to wake Leicester up. A decent effort from Wilfred Ndidi hinted at improvement from Leicester in the second period, however Sevilla were soon in the ascendency again. Vitolo struck the inside of the post after easily escaping Robert Huth to latch onto Samir Nasri’s pass, and then came Sevilla’s second, the outstanding Stevan Jovetic setting up Correa for the finish.

It started to look like a tall order for Ranieri’s men after the second goal went in. Up stepped substitue Gray, who grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck. Out of nowhere the away goal came and changed everything. Gray found Danny Drinkwater, whose low cross from the left was met with a thumping first-time finish from Jamie Vardy. It was his first goal in over 12 hours of action. Vardy’s party was back on!

After Leicester got the goal back, it seemed to give them a lift, confidence had now been restored. The Foxes were not afraid to break on Sevilla, slowly starting to look like the team of last season. there were late scares, Schmeichel blocked a diagonal header from Vitolo and Adil Rami headed onto the top of the crossbar, but the Premier League champions threatened too. Their counter-attacks had previously came to nothing, but suddenly they were dangerous again. Mahrez came alive, and Gray even came close to releasing Vardy for an equaliser.

A season that has seen a lack of fight, passion, quality and effort. Leicester, for a short period at least finally woke up from their nightmare. Leicester have their precious away goal, it is vital they capitalise on their efforts. Leicester have a real chance at The King Power Stadium, they must ensure that they keep it tight at the back. The away goal should give them confidence for the second leg. Who knows – is Mission Impossible II on the cards for Leicester City?