UEFA European Champions League/ Leicester City v Sevilla


Venue – King Power Stadium

Time – 19:45 P:M GMT

Date – Tuesday 15 March 2017

 



 

Leicester have a near full-strength squad available as they aim to overturn a 2-1 deficit in their Champions League last-16 tie with Spanish side Sevilla.

 

French midfielder Nampalys Mendy will be missing after he suffered a knee injury during training.

The second leg represents the Foxes’ first home knockout game in Europe’s premier club competition. They were outplayed in the first leg in Spain but were given hope thanks to Jamie Vardy’s second-half goal.

 

However new Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare says his team are capable of winning the Champions League ahead of their “great opportunity” against Sevilla.

He said – “Anything is possible in the Champions League as long as Leicester City remain in the competition”.

 

Although the Premier League champions are 2-1 behind in the last-16 tie ahead of Tuesday’s second leg at the King Power Stadium, but Shakespeare believes Jamie Vardy’s away goal gives them every chance of progressing.

And Shakespeare is ruling nothing out if Leicester can secure their place in the last eight of the competition.

 

Asked if Leicester can win the Champions League, Shakespeare said at his pre-match media conference –

“Why not? We are in it. We have to try and be competitive every game.

“There is a great opportunity for us [against Sevilla] and we will give it our best shot.

“We have to compete for the 90 minutes or extra time.

We have practiced penalties and we try to leave no stone unturned.

By the way the penalties were good!

 

“We knew by getting the away goal it gave us a great opportunity.

We give ourselves a great chance.

“It makes it very interesting. It will be a special occasion and the atmosphere will be electric.

 

“We are not going to be open but I want to play on the front foot. Hopefully I will stay calm so the players are not overemotional, but of course I will be excited. “Sevilla have huge experience in Europe.

I will expect them to play the same way. They have talented players.

It is more about the players than me pitting my wits against Jorge Sampaoli.

 

The Sevilla clash is the first game since Shakespeare was confirmed as Claudio Ranieri’s replacement until the end of the season on Sunday, with the former assistant boss having previously been in caretaker charge.

 

“I’m still settling in,” he said.

“I’m delighted and comfortable with it being until the end of the season.

“I understand the challenges that are ahead.

 

Some massive ones and none more so than Tuesday night.

“I’m not looking beyond this season.

We have massive games coming up and we have to focus on that.

We will have plenty of time in the summer to take stock and evaluate things then.

 

“For me how you treat and talk to people is so important.

Man management is a real big component, of course there will be decisions that have to be made but as long as you explain it to people players will be happy with that.

 

” Match Facts – Sevilla claimed a 2-1 victory in the reverse fixture, the first time they had ever faced Leicester City in European competition.

 

Leicester have never beaten Spanish opposition in European competition (D1 L4; also Atletico Madrid in 1961-62 Cup Winners Cup and 1997-98 Uefa Cup).

Seven of the past nine times a side has lost 2-1 away from home in a Champions League first-leg knockout tie, they have failed to go through.

 

Leicester Leicester City are the first team since Malaga in 2012-13 to finish top of their group on their Champions League debut.

The Foxes were one of only four teams to win all three of their 2016-17 Champions League home group games (Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich & Barcelona being the others).

Of the sides still in the competition, Leicester have the lowest average share of possession this season in the Champions League (39.6%).

 

Riyad Mahrez has been directly involved in three of the four goals Leicester have scored at home this season in the Champions League.

Sevilla Sevilla have reached the Champions League knockout stages in three of their four appearances. However, they have never gone past the last 16.

 

No team has kept more clean sheets this season in the Champions League than Sevilla (five, same as Juventus).

Sevilla are yet to lose on the road in the Champions League this season (W1 D2), keeping clean sheets in all three of those games.

 

Sevilla’s Steven N’Zonzi has attempted more passes than any other player this campaign in the Champions League (610).

Samir Nasri has only recorded one goal and one assist in 17 Champions League knockout games.

 

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