18:45 GMT 12 April 2017
It’s a battle between two of Europe’s best counter-attacking teams in this UEFA Champions League quarter-final first-leg as the visitors look to carry on with their fairy-tale story and reach the semi-final in their first ever Champions League campaign. However, a tough European side stand in their way and there aren’t many better teams than Atletico when they play at the Vicente Calderon and the underdog visitors will struggle to break them down.
When the two sides met in the UEFA Cup in 1997, Atletico won both legs: winning 2-1 at the Vicente Calderon and 2-0 at Filbert Street. However, when the Foxes last came up against Spanish opposition just 2 months ago, they managed a 3-2 aggregate win over Sevilla.
Atletico will definitely be confident of taking a healthy lead into the second-leg at King Power Stadium but they will need to be strong defensively as Leicester are known for striking on the break at the most unexpected times. They have been incredibly strong at the back with Jan Oblak in goal and they will hope to continue this against the Foxes. The only notable absence for the hosts is Kevin Gameiro who has been in decent form this season in front of goal.
Latest matches: Atletico Madrid
|08.04.2017||LaLi||Real Madrid||Atletico Madrid||1:1||D|
|04.04.2017||LaLi||Atletico Madrid||Real Sociedad||1:0||W|
|01.04.2017||LaLi||Malaga CF||Atletico Madrid||0:2||W|
|19.03.2017||LaLi||Atletico Madrid||Sevilla FC||3:1||W|
|15.03.2017||UEFA||Atletico Madrid||Bayer Leverkusen||0:0||D|
Leicester will need to make sure they are still in the tie after the first leg just like what they did in Seville as they managed to sneak an away goal in the 2-1 loss. They’ll need to be really solid at the back and without captain Wes Morgan, they might struggle to stay as resolute as they usually do. Nampalys Mendy also misses the game but he’s yet to have made his mark on the side.
Latest matches: Leicester City
|09.04.2017||Prem||Everton FC||Leicester City||4:2||L|
|04.04.2017||Prem||Leicester City||Sunderland AFC||2:0||W|
|01.04.2017||Prem||Leicester City||Stoke City||2:0||W|
|18.03.2017||Prem||West Ham United||Leicester City||2:3||W|
|14.03.2017||UEFA||Leicester City||Sevilla FC||2:0||W|
Atletico are definitely the favourites heading into the match on their own soil but Leicester love to play the role of the underdogs and will thrive in the Vicente Calderon with a decent away following expected from the Foxes fans. They won’t lie down easily but Atletico might have too much class for the Premier League champions. The main aim for the visitors is to make sure the tie is still winnable in the second leg but Diego Simeone will want his team to end the Foxes’ hopes. It shouldn’t be a high-scoring game with two counter-attacking teams who play better with a lower percentage of possession.
12 April 2017 - 18:45 GMT
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