Leicester City to Face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League Quarter Final
Leicester City has been drawn to face Atletico Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champion’s League. Atletico Madrid were last year’s runners-up, so this will not be an easy game to win, but with Leicester City still on a high after the stunning 2:0 victory against Sevilla, there is talk that they could now go all the way to the top of the Champion’s League. However, fans will be fully aware that in the three previous games against Atletico Madrid, Leicester City lost.
Leicester City’s Previous Outings against Atletico Madrid
Leicester City first met Atletico Madrid in 1961/62 when they played in the European Cup Winner’s league. In the first game, City drew 1-1 against Atletico at home, but in the second game, the Foxes were gutted to lose 2:1 in Madrid. More recently, Leicester City met Atletico Madrid once again in a first round tie in the UEFA Cup. They lost the first game 2:1 in Madrid, despite a sterling performance by Ian Marshall, and then suffered a further 2:0 defeat at home.
Atletico Madrid, meanwhile, won the La Liga ten times and has so far enjoyed a smooth sailing to the final eight of this year’s Champions League. They finished top of their group, notably above Bayern Munich, so any victory over them in the forthcoming game will be hard fought. This is not to say the Foxes can’t pull one out of the bag, as they so spectacularly showed when they stunned everyone with their performances last season, but it’s almost certainly going to be tricky.
The Foxes Won’t Be Easy to Beat
That said, Atletico Madrid players are not resting on their laurels. They know they can’t afford to relax in a game against Leicester City. Defender Diego Godin has admitted that the team has a lot of respect for City players. He told reporters that City has a lot of quality and based on their performance so far in the Champions League, they have a strong defence and some players who are very fast on their feet, which makes them tricky opponents on the pitch.
Team Needs to Concentrate on the Premier League
In the meantime, regardless of their chances against Atletico Madrid, Leicester City have other things to worry about, most notably their future games in the Premier League. Coach Craig Shakespeare is warning the team to keep their eye on the ball, so to speak. He knows how easy it is for players to get swept away on dreams of winning the Champions League. It’s the league every team wants to win, but failing to concentrate on games in the Premier League could cost them dearly.
“It will be a brilliant occasion for our supporters and for everyone at the Club but, before the players can begin to think about these games, we have Premier League matches to come that are of huge significance to our season. They will be our sole focus,” said Shakespeare.
Leicester City is very close to the bottom relegation spots in the Premier League, alongside Hull City. After last season’s thrilling performance, which saw the team lift the trophy against all the odds, the fans will be hoping for a repeat performance. However, right now, they have a full-on job avoiding relegation.
The team needs to learn to juggle the conflicting demands of Champions League games with their campaign to win the Premier League. It’s not going to be easy and when the Foxes return from their international break, they have to play six tough matches in 18 days. If you think they can do it, click here to bet on football at William Hill.
Can the Plucky Foxes do it? Only time will tell, but the fans will be hoping so!