While probably the least glamorous of all the Champions League quarter final ties, Atlético Madrid vs Leicester City promises to likely be the most intriguing of the four.
The Foxes overcame a 2-1 deficit in the first leg of the First Knockout Round against Jorge Sampaoli’s Sevilla by winning 2-0 at the King Power Stadium following Claudio Ranieri’s sacking to qualify, while Diego Simeone’s men saw off Bayer Leverkusen 4-2 over two legs.
With Jamie Vardy back to his goalscoring best under Craig Shakespeare and a defence seemingly tightened, the tactical battle between the two sides could be very intriguing, yet Antoine Griezmann isn’t bothered who is in front of him.
He only has one aim: getting to the final.
In a Q&A held with L’Equipe on Monday, the player said: “Who it is doesn’t matter. We didn’t even watch the draw, we were training. Up front, it’s quick with Vardy. Mahrez is a great player. At the back, they’re strong. It will be hard to get through. I watched their game against Sevilla. On set pieces, they can hurt you.”
The 25-year-old has been, once again, in great form with the La Liga side, scoring 22 goals and assisting teammates 11 times in 40 appearances in all competitions, including a great free-kick against Leicester’s ex-opponents Sevilla at the weeend.