Both clubs reached the last eight on Tuesday night, with Buffon’s Serie A-leading Bianconeri moving past Porto 3-0 on aggregate, while Leicester mounted a second-leg comeback to edge out Sevilla 3-2. Of course the manager takes all the credit for winning the league – which he deserves an bad lot of – but it would have been a lot more hard for them to win it without Shakey being there.
The English champions were playing their first European game since firing Premier League-winning coach Claudio Ranieri, and goals from captain Wes Morgan and midfielder Marc Albrighton – and a second half penalty save from Kasper Schmeichel – saw them through. We shouldn’t be thinking about the first leg because we lost tonight but should have scored more in Seville. It is the rookie against one of the game’s current masters – although Sampaoli is yet to receive the worldwide acclaim his achievements perhaps deserve – and on paper it looks like a mismatch.
Might Kante watch his old side lift an even more unlikely trophy in June?
Fans of Leicester are expected to vote for their best player against Sevilla among the four players listed. After those two wins, Shakespeare’s interim label was lifted and he was named manager for the rest of the season.
“Why not? We are in it, we have to try to be competitive in every game”, he said.
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After the “Shakespearean” age dawned, Leicester managed to find fresh belief to chisel out two crucial Premier League wins that have eased them away from the relegation zone.
Last week in the UEFA Champions league, we witnessed a comeback of historic proportions and an epic collapse from some of the return legs of the last sixteen of the competition.
The strike, coupled with their away goal, put Leicester ahead and Sevilla immediately went in search of the win.
“Incredible. I can’t quite believe it”, Morgan said.
As for Sevilla, this was a chastening experience, summed up by the sight of Jorge Sampaoli, their manager, being sent to the stands not long after Samir Nasri received a red card following an altercation with Vardy.
Is there no end to Leicester’s soccer fairy tale?
Montpellier’s victory in Ligue 1 five seasons ago is the only other occasion this decade whence an “unfancied” team came and upset the odds to claim a league title. “They have enthusiasm and passion but also the weapons to hurt a side that wants to take the initiative”. We’re big players again.’ They’ll fall off their perch again, guaranteed.