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Atletico Madrid vs Leicester City: Champions League Quater Final Preview

Atletico Madrid vs Leicester City

UEFA Champions League

Champions League So Far:

The Champions League has reached the quarter finals stage. Just eight teams remain to fight for a place in the final at the end of May. The previous round saw the competition enter its knockout stage. It was a pulsating and record breaking round of fixtures. Barcelona became the first team in the competitions history to overturn a 4-0 first leg defeat. Winning 6-1 at home to Paris Saint Germaine with three goals in the last five minutes. Elsewhere Monaco shocked Manchester City. The French league leaders won on away goals after a crazy tie finished 6-6 on aggregate. While Bayern Munich thrashed Arsenal 5-1 home and away. Recording an astonishing 10-2 aggregate victory.

Champions League Quarterfinal: Atletico Madrid vs Leicester City

Premier League Champions Leicester City travel to the Vicente Calderon for the first leg of the quarterfinal. Craig Shakespeare’s side reached the quarterfinals after a surprise 3-2 aggregate win over Sevilla. They were beaten 2-1 away in Sevilla. However they crucially recorded an away goal through Jamie Vardy. The return leg at the Kingpower Stadium saw them win 2-0. The win saw them reach the quarterfinals for the first time in their history.

The Foxes are looking to create yet another shock in the Spanish Capital. They will stay compact and concede the majority of possession to Atletico. They will then hope to create opportunities with the pace of Jamie Vardy and Riyhad Mahrez on the counter attack.

Atletico Madrid were runners up last season. They defeated Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 on aggregate to reach the last eight once again. However Diego Simeone’s side will face a different task to other Champions League knockout rounds. Usually Atletico concede possession and look to counter from their solid defensive base. However against Leicester the emphasis will be on them to dominate and dictate the game. It will be interesting to see how they adapt to this.

Atletico Madrid vs Leicester City: Verdict

The first task for Leicester will be to remain compact and frustrate their La Liga hosts. The home crowd will become more nervous the longer the game remains goalless. Shakespeare’s side will then look to score a precious away goal on the counter attack.

Simeone’s side will be looking to register an early goal. They will look to put Leicester under pressure from the kick off. They will press high and hope to cause an error from Leicester’s defense. If they can score an early goal then it will become really difficult for Leicester.