What we saw in Leicester City was turnaround personified. Craig Shakespeare is the man of the hour since it seems like he has successfully done the almost impossible – restore Leicester to their former glory. We honestly don’t care about the reason behind this transformation; we just know it’s remarkable.
Leicester City stunned Sevilla 2-0 to reach the quarter final stage of the UEFA Champions League. Another fairy tale on the cards? Yes, maybe, definitely! Sevilla started the game on an attacking note, getting complete control over the ball. Kasper Schmeichel once again stepped forward as the fearless showstopper for the Foxes, denying N’Zonzi the penalty and forcing the Sevilla strike force to run into a wall.
Leicester conceded a penalty in each leg against Sevilla FC. Kasper Schmeichel saved them both.
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Wes Morgan scored the first goal of the night to level the tie 2-2 and gave Leicester the away-goal advantage. Sevilla fought back with repeated attacks on the post, but Schmeichel was firm. Marc Albrighton netted his second goal of the season to give Leicester the lead, which ultimately turned out to be decisive.
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King Power Stadium once again witnessed a miracle, and the win over Sevilla added one more page to the unlikely success story of Leicester City. Can they go on to win the Champions League? Well, Leicester has developed a habit of defying logic and predictions. The high-flying La Liga outfit and three-time Europa League winners, who are sitting third on the La Liga table, visited King Power Stadium with a 2-1 advantage but what happened? They were served a boiling defeat.
No one, literally no one predicted Leicester to go through, especially after sacking the mastermind behind the title-winning season, Claudio Ranieri. Fans and pundits considered the authority at Leicester City football club ruthless and enemies of decency for sacking the dignified Claudio Ranieri nine months after he made them rich. It was a dream that was lived, and Ranieri was the man who made it possible.
Well, fortunately for them, fate has turned the tables three weeks later, and now they have a three-match winning streak and are up against European elites in the Champions League.
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The fans were furious over Ranieri’s sacking, but now they have some humble pie to eat. Well, Craig Shakespeare, who has been appointed as manager for the rest of the season, is enjoying an impressive run but what exactly did he get right? For starters, he allowed Wilfred Ndidi to take up the role of N’Golo Kante, and he used the pace of Vardy and the creativity of Mahrez – allowing the team to play with the same pace and counter-attacking ability; the strengths that made them Champions last season.
For Gorge Sampaoli, the dream may be over, but for Foxes, it still continues. Buffon considers Leicester a force to be reckoned with and the team to avoid in the next round. The Italian maestro may be right but can Leicester defy logic and turn the odds in their favor in the next round as well? Use the comments box to share your thoughts.