5 things We Learned As Leicester City Storm Into Champions League Quarter-Finals
Craig Shakespeare’s Leicester City re-wrote history on Wednesday night after they reached the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time.
Wes Morgan and Marc Albrighton scored as the Foxes overturned their first leg deficit to win 2-0 on the night and 3-2 overall.
Sevilla pressed for an away goal but were hampered when Samir Nasri was sent off after a confrontation with Jamie Vardy earned him a second yellow card.
The Spaniards were given a golden opportunity late on when they were awarded a penalty but, just as he did in the first leg, Kasper Schmeichel came to the rescue. Steven N’Zonzi’s effort was low and weak and Schmeichel duly kept it out.
Our man James Nursey was at the game,
Here are five things he learned:
1. Dubai break helped
Leicester did not kick a football on their recent bonding trip to the gulf.
It was a real old school break – some a few gym sessions , some r and r and a few drinks.
But few can argue with the trip after this as Leicester impressed back in the saddle after 10 days without a match.
2. Claudio still remembered
“We’re all going on a European Tour, Dilly Ding, Dilly Dong,” sang the home fans.
The banner of Italian Ranieri as the Godfather has been removed at The King Power but the memories live on from last season’s title triumph.
And there was no greater reminder than the performance itself as Leicester reproduced more of the form and spirit which took them to the title.
3. Vardy rediscovers fighting spirit
After spending much of the season playing more like Lee Chapman than Jamie Vardy, Leicester’s No.9 has rediscovered his fighting spirit.
The England striker sprinted from end-to-end, harrying the opposition and proving a constant thorn in their side.
4. Sevilla’s run ends
After previously winning the Europa League for the past three seasons, the Spaniards arrived in Leicester having won their last 12 two-legged European knockout ties.
But they probably hadn’t counted on Leicester being as tough a challenge are they are now after rediscovering their title-winning pomp.
It extended Sevilla’s recent woes from La Liga, where they drew twice in a week, including 1-1 at home against struggling Leganes, after which they were booed off.
5. Shakespeare’s 100 per cent run continues
It is fair to say Leicester’s new boss until the end of the season is hands-on.
He even drilled the side in the warm up which you don’t see Jose or Arsene doing.
But what Shakespeare lacks in managerial experience in his own right, he has made up for by having the firm backing of the Leicester players.
This was his fourth game as a manager in his own right – including one as caretaker of West Brom – and he has won the lot.