Leicester keeper Schmeichel: From League Two to Champions League quarter-finals!

Rachel Hardy
March 15, 2017

Shakespeare's next match in charge will be in the Champions League on Tuesday, when Leicester take on Sevilla in the second leg of their last-16 tie in one of the most high-profile matches in the club's 133-year history.

In the first leg between these two clubs, Sevilla came away with a 2-1 win versus Leicester as Jamie Vardy scored an important away goal for the EPL club.

The dream continues for the Foxes after Wes Morgan and Marc Albrighton fired goals either side of half time to send the King Power Stadium into raptures.

In the other game of the night, Juventus defeated 10-man FC Porto 1-0 in Turin, to qualify for the next round on a 3-0 aggregate.

Shakespeare thinks that's given them a real impetus going into the game.

Sevilla made changes at the break, as Stevan Jovetic and Mariano came on to replace Gabriel Mercado and Pablo Sarabia, while Stephen N'Zonzi dropped back.

Leicester saw a lot of the ball in the opening 20 minutes and closed down the visitors whenever they did have possesion of the ball. But six minutes later, Riyad Mahrez swung a free kick to the far post, where Morgan got a knee onto it and bundled the ball into the net.

Now though, that save by Kasper Schmeichel could prove to be crucial, and Leicester fans will look at Sevilla's recent form as a cause for optimism.

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Shakespeare has questioned why Leicester can not win the Champions League so making the last eight will be a minimum requirement for him.

Sevilla will be keen to find an away goal, which will make matters hard for Leicester. But it also means that Huth and Morgan are less likely to be isolated by runners, which had been a problem earlier in the season: commanding as they are in the air, they can be exposed by quick or deft forwards. Sevilla have the European experience with three Europa League championships in a row.

Jorge Sampaoli has made Sevilla fluid and his team have shown the ability to switch between a myriad of formations effectively this season.

For Shakespeare and his men, the campaign, although lightened up by two successive victories, can not come to an end soon enough.

He has spent seven of the last eight seasons on the Leicester coaching staff.

It was soon after, though, that Sevilla got their best chance of the game.

And on Saturday against Leganes, Sampaoli picked a virtual reserve side with key players including Samir Nasri, Vicente Iborra, Steven N'Zonzi and Vitolo all left out of the starting line-up.

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