Champions League: Leicester City boss Shakespeare wary of Sevilla threat

Champions League: Leicester City boss Shakespeare wary of Sevilla threat

The Algerian global has been struggling with a groin injury and is unlikely to recover in time for the arrival of Sevilla at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday night, with the La Liga outfit having a 2-1 lead after the last 16 first leg.

Seven of the last nine times a side has lost 1-2 away from home in a Champions League 1st leg knockout tie, have failed to go on and progress to the next round.

The Leicester captain scored the opening goal on a riotous night at the King Power as the Premier League champions edged past Sevilla.

Time and again Albrighton and Mahrez broke free of the midfield, moving into the outside forward positions; the former earned a corner from which the latter had an attempt on goal. Here, we look at the new boss and how the hosts can reach the quarter finals. Sevilla are a better team than Leicester and have the ability to dismantle them and Shakespeare needs the grit and determination of the last two games - not the meek surrenders which came before. Sevilla, though, had missed its last three penalties and Nzonzi made it four in a row, his weak effort easily saved by Schmeichel, who had made a save from Correa's spot kick in the first leg. However, the early scare didn't dent Leicester's confidence, and before long they were in comfortable control.

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But with another manager at the helm, it's hard to imagine Leicester keeping their nerve last season.

The talk about Leicester's recent turnaround, and their shock trip to the Champions League quarterfinals, will undoubtedly focus on what's changed.

Undoubtedly buoyed by all of this as well the drastic shift in performance over the past three weeks since the second leg, Leicester started the game much higher up the pitch than might have been expected, while Sevilla seemed a little sapped of some of the energy they showed in the first leg.

Leicester's owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and his board must realise that while naked ambition is good, sustainable growth is what clubs the size of Leicester must aim for. They did, and were rewarded for doing so just short of the half-hour, when a vicious Riyad Mahrez free-kick was bundled in at the far post, the decisive touch having come off the thigh of an unwitting Morgan.

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The new manager, Craig Shakespeare, wants to continue their winning form against Sevilla. We have to try and be competitive every game.

No team has kept more clean sheets this season in the Champions League than Sevilla (5, same as Juventus).

610 - Sevilla's Steven N'Zonzi has attempted more passes than any other player in the 2016-2017 Champions League (610).

With all three changes made by Sampaoli, attacks were vibrant and fluid and Schmeichel was being tested nearly every time Sevilla made their way forward.

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