LONDON – We know Leicester are capable of Roy of the Rovers football. When they play on the edge with feeling and emotion, they can produce special performances.
Leicester are a tricky proposition for Atletico Madrid. I am sure Diego Simeone’s side would sooner be facing a team like Arsenal, an opponent they know more about. But I still feel this will be a step too far for Leicester.
Atletico are experts at negotiating ties at this stage of the competition, having reached the Champions League final in two of the past three years, and they possess a world-class forward in Antoine Griezmann.
Prediction: Atletico Madrid win 2-0.
Leicester will want to play long balls over the top to Jamie Vardy but the striker will find life difficult against Diego Godin. The Uruguayan centre back loves to defend and those types of players are hard to find.
He is as important to Atletico as Sergio Ramos and Pepe to Real. Godin is part of an Atletico defence who have not conceded in their past eight Champions League knockout ties at home, shutting out Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea and Bayern Munich in that run.
Craig Shakespearewill be hoping Wes Morgan’s absence will not prove costly. Yohan Benalouane (left), deputising for his captain at Everton, had a torrid time against Romelu Lukaku.
He could have done better with the cross for Lukaku’s first and did not properly defend the set-piece which led to his second. He cannot make similar mistakes on Wednesday night.