“We were eliminated because we were not capable of scoring more goals in Sevilla”, said Sampaoli, who was sent off for complaining near the end of Tuesday’s match. It’s how a new fairytale was written in a city of just over 330,000 in the drab center of England, remarkable only for the unlikely feats of its plucky soccer team. “We proved a lot of people wrong and pulled off the impossible again”.
“Those players that are rejoicing and thinking they’re back and big players again will fall off their perch again – guaranteed”, he told TV3 Sport after watching goals from Wes Morgan and Marc Albrighton send Leicester into the last-eight.
Despite being thoroughly outplayed in the first leg, Leicester somehow managed to come away with only a 2-1 defeat. Sevilla dominated the first leg last month but were made to pay for failing to convert their chances after striker Jamie Vardy scored an away goal for the English champions.
“We are having a great season”.
The night began perfectly for the host as Wes Morgan deflected the ball into the back of the net from close range after 27 minutes, sending the King Power Stadium into delirium.
Defeat to a side that is now three points behind Barcelona in La Liga would have been no embarrassment, but the Foxes showed they are more than a match for anyone on home turf with a brilliant 2-0 win.
The Denmark worldwide conceded a penalty for catching Vitolo with an attempted block, but with Steven N’Zonzi poised to send the tie to extra time, Schmeichel plunged to his left to save.
“My dismissal? I don’t know why it happened”.
The Dane also saved a penalty in the first-leg in which a dominant Sevilla could have won by a landslide.
Sevilla, meanwhile, has stumbled some in La Liga, entering Tuesday’s match on the heels of consecutive 1-1 draws in games it expected to win.
Kasper will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of his dad Peter Schmeichel, who not only was a Premier League victor with Manchester United, but lifted the Champions League trophy in 1999. “That creates a certain amount of stress”, said the Argentine. The key moment is when Nasri approaches Vardy and Vardy leans his forehead forward a little, giving the impression that he’s welcoming Nasri in for the whole Angry Guys Press Foreheads And Yell At Each Other thing.
John Savage, brand manager for Walkers, said: “As long-time supporters of Leicester City, we know that something tangible really goes a long way with fans”.