Saturday, 23 September, 2017

Leicester defence under scrutiny ahead of Atletico rematch

Penalty pain Kasper Schmeichel retrieves the ball from his net Penalty pain Kasper Schmeichel retrieves the ball from his net
Howard Terry | 21 April, 2017, 00:42

The King Power Stadium will be loud and hostile on Tuesday and Drinkwater hopes the rest of the nation will back Leicester too.

The France global and his team-mates limbered up with a volleyed passing game before taking part in stretching exercises in the part of the training session open to the media.

Leicester lost last week's first leg 1-0 after Antoine Griezmann's controversial penalty but are set to welcome back captain Wes Morgan after he missed the last six games with a back injury.

"We have a few on yellows, so we knew it was a tightrope".

However, another Leicester fan, Rak Singh from Oadby, felt any trouble was blown out of proportion, saying: "They come in and clear out but nothing was happening".

Even now there is a tendency to express wonder at the journey that has taken Leicester City to the Champions League quarter-finals. "We want to make sure there is no reaction to today's training".

Christian Fuchs hurled the ball in for Robert Huth's opener at Selhurst Park and, while he may move to centre back as an emergency option on Tuesday, there are plans for a similar set-up against Atletico.

A Leicester spokesman said: "We are working with UEFA and the local authorities to establish the full facts of what took place and the reasons for the police response".

Atleti scored just once at home against Leicester in their Champions League quarter-final first leg, but they did not concede an away goal either, prompting Filipe to commend his side for a job well done. Leicester defended really well and limited Atletico Madrid to shots from distance.

Shakespeare said his players had to be streetwise and must find attacking solutions if they are to progress to the semi-finals.

Shakespeare said: "Wes looked better".

But as the team prepared for the biggest night in the club's history, a minority of Leicester supporters were filmed trashing Madrid's main square. You really need to be in a Champions League quarter-final against such a risky threat.

"We controlled and dominated them at all times".

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