The Champions League Continues: Leicester v Atletico Madrid.

Leicester City v Atletico Madrid
The Foxes’ dramatic return to form following the introduction of Craig Shakespeare at the cost of Claudio Ranieri may have slowed down somewhat in recent weeks, but there’s still enough temperament and quality in the team to fashion a comeback victory.

Shakespeare was already at the helm when they staged a comeback against Sevilla in the last 16, and the 53-year old will be relatively confident that Atletico’s slender advantage will not be easy to defend in foreign conditions.

Speaking after their first-leg loss, Shakespeare highlighted the fact that adopting an attacking strategy is what he believes will see his side through to the last four.

“I have seen enough throughout the squad. We know what we are about at the King Power and know what we need to do. But we have to create more chances and attack more than we did tonight,” he told reporters.

“Atletico are a very good team, their work ethic is exceptional. We are aware of that, but we are still in this tie. We still have a challenge ahead against a very good team, but we are aware of what we need to do for the second leg.

“We know it is a going to be a very difficult return match, but we have very good record at the King Power.”

Diego Simeone’s men may be out of the La Liga title race, sitting 10 points behind leaders Real MAdrid, but the level of form they have been showing recently suggest that they are, once again, real contenders for the Champions League trophy.

Following this weekend’s comfortable victory over Osasuna, Atleti are 10 games undefeated in all competitions and should they manage to edge past the Foxes, they look like a team who could make it two consecutive final appearances.

Speaking to the press after the first leg, Simeone insisted that the advantage his side takes into the match is negligible.

“I think they are betting everything on the second leg,” he said. “It was a hard-fought match. It’s a good win for us but the second leg will be difficult. It’s all still to play for.

“As for the second leg, we anticipate a fantastic English atmosphere. The tie is still 50/50. Nobody sees us already in the semi-final.”

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