Fantastic Foxes Keep Champions League Dream Alive

Keep pinching yourselves Leicester fans, it did actually happen. Leicester City are through to the quarter finals of the Champions League. The Foxes look to complete mission impossible two, following the amazing title winning season last year. Nobody will give Leicester any hope of going further in the competition, perhaps that is why they are so dangerous. I fully expected Sevilla to be too much for Leicester, however it was the complete opposite. Craig Shakespeare has the team playing for him, something they did not do under Claudio Ranieri.

Leicester were hounding down the Sevilla players last night, they were the first to every ball. The Leicester players simply wanted it more, something that made them so dangerous last season. The togetherness and the spirit of the team looks to have come back over the last few games. It does beg the question, what was happening under Ranieri this season? The decision to sack their title winning manager seems vindicated. There is a lot more to the Ranieri sacking than anyone outside the club will ever know.

Wes Morgan opened the scoring for the English champions, Riyad Mahrez delivered a fantastic free-kick into the box. Captain Wes Morgan, wrapped his leg around Gabriel Mercado to turn the ball home. Sevilla had chances to draw level, most notably Ben Yedder dragging a shot wide during the first half.

The Spanish side started the second half strongly, coming agonisingly close to a spectacular leveller. Sergio Escudero’s struck from thirty yards out, with Schmeichel beaten the ball cannoned off the underside of the bar. With Leicester’s crossbar still shaking, the Foxes doubled their lead through Marc Albrighton. A poor clearance from the Sevilla defence fell to Albrighton on the edge of the area, the midfielder kept his composure to drill the ball beyond Sergio Rico.

Jamie Vardy, who had a brilliant game should have wrapped things up. However the England forward’s volley was wide of the mark. A frantic five minutes followed, first Samir Nasri lost his cool – Receiving a needless second yellow for clashing heads with Jamie Vardy. Leicester goalkeeper, Kasper Schmeichel then brought down Vitolo in the box. The Leicester keeper redeemed himself by saving Steven N’Zonzi’s poor spot kick. It was far too much for Sevilla manager Jorge Sampaoli to bare, as he was sent to the stands after he overstepped the mark with his touchline protests.

Leicester survived a few late scares to make it through to the quarter finals. The Foxes join European heavyweights Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus. With two ties to be played this evening, the draw for the quarter finals is on Friday morning. Leicester fans will be eager to know where their Champions League dream takes them next.