04302017

Leicester to face Atletico Madrid in Champions League quarters

Leicester to play Atletico

Leicester have not beaten Atletico in their four previous meetings

Leicester City have been drawn against Spanish side Atletico Madrid in their maiden Champions League quarter-final.

The Premier League champions progressed to the last eight by beating Spanish title-chasers Sevilla 3-2 on aggregate.

Leicester will play the first leg against last year’s beaten finalists away from home on 11 or 12 April, with the return leg on 18 or 19 April.

Holders Real Madrid face Bayern Munich, while Barcelona take on Juventus and Borussia Dortmund play Monaco.

Atletico are the only side left in the quarter-finals who Leicester have previously played, but the Foxes have not beaten the Spaniards in their four previous meetings.

Diego Simeone’s side were beaten by neighbours Real Madrid on penalties in last season’s Champions League final.

The 2014 Spanish champions are fourth in La Liga this season, five points adrift of third-placed Sevilla.

Revenge? Yes please.

Ian Stringer, BBC Radio Leicester Foxes commentator:

Winnable? That was my first reaction. That and revenge following the clubs’ meeting in the 1997-98 Uefa Cup.

Referee Remi Harrel sent off Garry Parker in the second leg at Filbert Street with the game in the balance. It eventually finished 4-1 to Atletico on aggregate.

I was in the crowd that night and felt sick afterwards.

It’s a winnable tie. Atletico are fourth in La Liga and won’t like the Foxes’ style of play. They’ll have seen how they dispatched Sevilla and won’t be looking forward to Jamie Vardy running at them. Wishful thinking, maybe, but it’s a good draw for City.

The dream continues. Revenge, 20 years on? Yes, please.

Full draw:

Atletico Madrid (Spain) v Leicester City (Eng)

Borussia Dortmund (Germany) v Monaco (France)

Bayern Munich (Germany) v Real Madrid (Spain)

Juventus (Italy) v Barcelona (Spain)

More to follow.

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