Atletico Madrid v Leicester City | Kwesé

Atletico Madrid v Leicester City

Atletico Madrid v Leicester City

10:30 SAST | 12 Apr 2017

Leicester City will want to keep their Champions League dream alive with a favourable result away to experienced campaigners Atletico Madrid in their quarter-finals clash at the Estadio Vicente Calderón on Wednesday night.

Atletico come into this match in third place in the Primera Division. They have enjoyed a fine run of form, winning five out of their last six league ties, having been held to a 1-1 draw by Real Madrid in their last clash. Their last European tie saw Diego Simeone's side held to a 0-0 draw with Bayer Leverkusen at home, having won the first leg 4-2.

Leicester's woeful form this season saw manager Claudio Ranieri sacked, but under Craig Shakespeare the club won six in a row including a 2-0 win over Sevilla to progress to this round of European competition. Their only slip up was on Sunday where they suffered a 4-2 defeat to Everton. The Foxes come into this match in 11th place on the Premier League standings.

Ahead of the game, Simeone revealed his admiration for Leicester striker Jamie Vardy.

He said: "I like him and I really rate him as a player. He’s a powerful player who gives the Leicester team a lot of depth.

“He always makes life really difficult for defenders because he is always chasing them down and is very dangerous.

“Last season he was very consistent and scored a lot of goals. He struggled a bit at the start of this season but he’s back bang in form and needs to be watched very closely.”

He added: "I just can’t picture a lot of goals to be honest. We know we are in for two challenging games.

"Some people say the teams are similar in style. There are no rules on how to play or to win. Leicester are like us in that they play to the strengths of the players they have."

Shakespeare said: "We’ll have to show them the respect they deserve. Their style is well documented. In terms of their team, they press high.

“For us, it’s about what we do tomorrow (Wednesday) night. We’re aware of Atletico’s strengths but we’re also aware of our strengths. 

“In terms of life experiences, you use them as you go along. Sometimes, you’ll have new experiences of which this season in the Champions League is for us. 

“We’ve enjoyed it, but make no mistake, we’re there to compete. These players deserve the opportunity to play here and we aim to keep that going tomorrow night.” 

In team news, Tiago, Augusto Fernandez, Miguel Angel Moya and Sime Vrsaljko are all sidelined for Atletico with Kevin Gameiro and Nicolas Gaitan both doubtful.

For Leicester Wes Morgan is out but Wilfred Ndidi is available for selection after being rested against Everton with a groin strain.

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