Published: Sat, March 18, 2017
Sport | By Stephen Hansen

UEFA Champions League semi-final draw

UEFA Champions League semi-final draw

Leicester City have been one of the worst teams in the Premier League this season and look like the worst team in the Champions League quarterfinals, but that doesn't mean the big clubs want to face them.

While last year's shock Premier League champions will be pleased to avoid one of the giants of european football, there is no doubt they have been handed a tough draw.

The Vice-President of AS Monaco Vadim Vasilyev was optimistic about his side's draw against Borussia Dortmund saying, "It's a lovely poster because Borussia Dortmund is a team that plays attacking and attractive football and the Champions League is the bonus". Leicester lost 2-0 on the night and 4-1 on aggregate, with Juninho and Christian Vieri bagging the goals for the Spaniards in the first leg, and Kiko joining Juninho on the scoresheet in the return. I think we have the ability to beat Real Madrid. "We need to show our absolute best performance twice".

Monaco has become a feared team, and the highest scorers in any top European league this season, after starting among the lowest-ranked clubs in the group-stage draw in August. "We would have liked to have faced them further on in the competition". Quarterfinals are always hard, it's going to be a tough game but we have a chance to win.

Both teams are fortified by the knowledge that even in the absence of senior men like Dortmund's Marco Reus and Monaco's Radamel Falcao - both injured in last week's wins - they can turn on the style.

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Leverkusen coach Tayfun Korkut, meanwhile, said Oblak's display, which secured Atletico's eighth clean sheet in nine Champions League games at the Calderon, epitomised Atletico's resilience. The two legs of Europa League quarter-finals will be held on April 13 and 20.

"We should be happy and proud about being the only Italian team still in the Champions League".

"It's a fascinating tie". Their last 3 goals came in the final 9 minutes of the match.

The timing of Sunday's game couldn't be better for Atletico with Sevilla reeling from disappointing setbacks both in the league and the Champions League. "It will be a passionate, hard and handsome tie".

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