Leicester City  made history on Tuesday night when they beat Sevilla 2-0 at the King Power stadium to overturn a 2-1 aggregate deficit from the first leg in Spain.  Goals from captain Wes Morgan and Marc Albrighton were enough to send Leicester through to the quarter-finals in their first ever UEFA Champions’ League campaign – you truly couldn’t write a script better than this!  Sevilla will surely be kicking themselves for not having scored more goals in the first leg where they were so dominant for the majority of the 90 minutes, but Leicester were the deserved winners over the course of the two legs.

Match highlights from Tuesday night:

Because of Leicester’s strong seed for the initial Champions’ League draw back in the summer, they were in, quite arguably, one of the easiest groups to get out of – their opponents were certainly of a lesser caliber compared to the rest of the groups.  Take nothing away from Leicester, though, who fought so hard over the course of both legs against Sevilla and have looked a completely revitalized side under Craig Shakespeare.

The draw for the quarter-finals of the competition is set to take place on Friday, the 17th and Leicester’s prospects look pretty intimidating on paper.  They’ll be drawn against the likes of either Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, or Monaco – there’s no seeding at this stage of the competition and teams from the same country can play one another.  Whomever Leicester draw, they’ll surely be in for their most difficult task yet.

They have the ability to frustrate their opponents and they can use this well

Jamie Vardy chasing down every loose ball and high pressing Sevilla’s back line on Tuesday night seemed to emulate exactly how Leicester advanced over the course of the two legs.  It wasn’t the prettiest play from the Foxes, but it was a collective fighting spirit from everyone in the squad, sacrificing their bodies for every inch of the pitch.  Vardy proved to be quite the disturbing nuisance to Sevilla, and he even baited Samir Nasri into his second yellow card of the match on a silly off the ball incident.  It’s this kind of grittiness that can make Leicester so effective against this bigger clubs that are expecting run right over them – it can play right into Leicester’s hands if they go about it right like they did on Tuesday night.     

Kasper Schmeichel was absolutely sensational in both legs against Sevilla, and all throughout Leicester’s Champions’ League campaign for that matter, and he’ll certainly have to remain at his best against whoever Leicester draw for the quarter-finals.  The more saves Schmeichel made on Tuesday night, the more you could see the frustration grow amongst the Sevilla squad, especially after his penalty save late on from Steven N’Zonzi.  If Schmeichel makes as many saves as he did in the two legs against Sevilla, he’ll keep Leicester in the matches to come in the quarter-finals and give them a fighting chance.

Another stat for the books:

 

 

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