Champions League: Leicester City, Juventus qualify for quarter-finals

Posted March 15, 2017

Jamie Vardy has warned Sevilla that rejuvenated Leicester will be a different proposition at home under Craig Shakespeare in Tuesday's Champions League last-16 second leg. Shakespeare was on Sunday rewarded for two wins in his two games in caretaker charge with the Foxes job until the end of the season.

Leicester City are into the quarter-finals of the Champions League after coming from behind to beat Sevilla 3-2 on aggregate. A late goal sent the Foxes back home for the second leg feeling pretty good, but that was only possible because of the work Schmeichel did earlier, saving a penalty and repeatedly denying a dominant Sevilla team. With Leicester leading 2-0, one Sevilla goal only would've brought on extra time, where you'd figure that Leicester, a man up, would find the victor anyway. The Foxes look invigorated under interim manager Craig Shakespeare, and bear no resemblance to the team that stumbled and bumbled through the last three months of Ranieri's tenure.

It is hard to envisage Sevilla collapsing with the departure of one player, as all the analysis around the Foxes' hard season has revolved around N'Golo Kante's departure. Sevilla come into the game with a 2-1 advantage.

Leicester saw a lot of the ball in the opening 20 minutes and closed down the visitors whenever they did have possesion of the ball.

And they made the most of the opportunity, Mahrez curling a delivery into the area which evaded everyone in the centre of the goal, and found its way to Morgan at the far post. Morgan insisted Leicester do not care who comes out of the hat in Switzerland.

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Nasri getting sent off and an absolutely unbelievable penalty save from Kasper Schmeichel were the final nails in the coffin for Sevilla.

The touchpaper was lit and it was always going to be fascinating to see how Sevilla, who had not conceded a goal in their previous three Champions League away games this season, would respond.

Perhaps the most surprising thing about the game was not Leicester's transformation in this tie, given their transformation in the Premier League has been so discussed, but Sevilla's.

Leicester's players were said to have been unsettled by Ranieri's tactical tinkering as the club slid towards the Premier League relegation zone and Shakespeare has unashamedly gone back to basics. There is also a suspicion that Sampaoli himself may have been distracted by the speculation linking him with the managerial position at Barcelona. The Chilean, tactically asture, may overwhelm his English counterpart in the thinking department and in Stevan Jovetic, Vitolo, Samir Nasri, Steven N'Zonzi, Adil Rami and Sergio Rico, he possesses a fine array of players armed with the experience of playing at the highest level.