Leicester City have been on fire under Craig Shakespeare although their excellent six-match winning run was brought to an abrupt halt at Goodison park on Saturday afternoon. Nevertheless they have little time to pause for breath given that they face a huge challenge on Wednesday evening when they go head-to-head with last season’s beaten Champions League finalists Atletico Madrid in the Spanish capital.
With the Foxes struggling in the Premier League this season, it is something of a surprise to see them in the last eight of this competition, however this is exactly what they have achieved and they now sit just two games away from a place in the semi-finals.
Indeed the Foxes looked to be heading out of the Champions League following their last-sixteen first-leg 2-1 defeat to Sevilla, however they subsequently went on to produce a thrilling comeback to win 2-0 in the return leg at the King Power Stadium and this sets the side up with a clash with an Atletico outfit which have reached the final in two of the previous three seasons.
Atletico lost both times to bitter city rivals Real Madrid and as such they will be desperate to go one better this time around, especially since the Spanish Primera League is beyond them. First of all they need to sweep aside Leicester City and we’re pretty confident of their chances of doing just that.
Atletico have suffered just a single defeat in their last fourteen competitive games and have lost at home just a few times this season, three of their four home defeats coming against Real Madrid and Barcelona. They have won all but two of their eight games in Europe this term and have been managing plenty of clean sheets along the way. Leicester City may be having few problems finding the net of late but a win-to-nil for the hosts looks a mere formality on Wednesday evening.
Up front Atletico are also having few problems finding the net and whilst Antoine Griezmann hasn’t been enjoying the same sort of form that he has in recent seasons, he is still banging them in with reckless abandon with four in his last five Champions League games. Can he add to this tally by scoring against the Foxes? We firmly believe so.