Tuesday UCL Preview: Leicester aim to overturn first leg defeat against Sevilla, Juventus host Porto

Premier League champions Leicester look to overturn a first leg defeat in their last 16 tie with Sevilla, as the Foxes look to come from behind to book their place in the quarter-finals.

Jamie Vardy managed to grab what could be a big away goal for Leicester in Spain three weeks ago, as goals from Pablo Sarabia and Joaquin Correa gave the Europa League champions a 2-1 advantage.

Joaquin Correa scored Sevilla’ second goal after missing a penalty
image: skysports.com

It has been all change at Leicester since that defeat which proved to be the final game in charge for Claudio Ranieri, who was sacked as manager just nine months after guiding the club to a first ever Premier League title.

Craig Shakespeare – who has been appointed Leicester manager until the end of the season – hopes Leicester can take confidence from two previous wins in the league by stunning Sevilla to reach the last eight.

“We knew that by getting the away goal, we had given ourselves a great opportunity,” said the 53-year-old.

“It will be a special occasion, the atmosphere will be electric. I am expecting the team to take momentum from the two results against Liverpool and Hull, take the confidence gained from that and really play on the front foot.

“We have practised penalties, we are trying to leave no stone unturned and by the way they were good, hopefully we can carry that on. Can Leicester win the Champions League? Why not.”

Sevilla make the trip to Leicester on the back of an eight match unbeaten run in all competitions, but Sevilla head coach Jorge Sampaoli knows his side can do better as to prevent an upset against Leicester.

“If we get over-anxious the winning team will be in blue,” said the Argentine.

“Recent performances have not been consistent, but we need to make sure the real Sevilla turn up and we deliver our best game. We need to show all the qualities that have helped us to compete in Europe as we have done over the years.

“We need to aim for the sort of performance we put on when we went to Juventus and Lyon. The best birthday gift for me would be to be among the best eight clubs in the world. It is a historic chance for us.”

Jamie Vardy bagged a crucial away goal in Sevilla in the first leg
image: dailymail.co.uk

Team News

Leicester have a near full strength squad to choose from for the visit of Sevilla with key players Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy set to start in a bid to help Leicester reach the quarter-finals.

French midfielder Nampalys Mendy is ruled out of the second leg after suffering a knee injury during training., while January signing Molla Wague is still not fit to make his Leicester debut due to a shoulder injury

Sevilla are once again with left-back Benoit Tremoulinas for the trip to Leicester as the Frenchman deals with a knee injury, but right back Gabriel Mercado returns to the squad after suspension.

Manager Sampaoli has chosen to omit defender Daniel Carrico and striker Luciano Vietto from the match day squad, as Sevilla look to seal their place in the next round of the Champions League.

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