After the controversial sacking of Claudio Ranieri, who took Leicester to the Premier League title in their so-called fairy tale season, Leicester is enjoying their first Champions League season reaching the quarter-final thrashing Sevilla 2-0 on home. Also, Leicester ended their losing streak in the Premier League with consecutive victories against Liverpool and Hull city. Was sacking Claudio Ranieri a right decision? Seeing the current form of the Leicester, everyone will say yes. Well, they aren’t going to turn the table in the Premier League with ten matches to go, but it seems as if they are hunting the Champions League continuing their fairy tale.
In the first leg of the draw, Leicester were beaten 2-1 in Sevilla, but Jamie Vardy got the crucial away goal. With one goal advantage over Leicester, Sevilla were the favorite to reach the quarter-final, but there was a different story in the King Power Stadium, as Leicester maintained their two-goal lead right till the final whistle winning 3-2 on aggregate. Sevilla tried their best to get the away goal and got their best opportunity of the game with a penalty in the last quarter of the match, but Schmeichel exactly guessed the direction of the low power shot from N’Zonzi taking Leicester to the quarter-final. Earlier in the first half, the Captain Wes Morgan got at the end of the beautiful cross from Riyad Mahrez to get the first goal, and Marc Albrighton doubled the lead in the 54th minute scoring from the center of the box after a weak clearance by Rami. Samir Nasri was shown a red card in the 74th minute for a headbutt on Vardy reducing Sevilla to 10 men with one goal down.
Leicester’s fairy tale continues to the quarter-final but with European giants on their way, it’s hard to get further. But, it’s football, and you must be ready for miracles. You have seen them lifting the Premier League with the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Arsenal in the league. You have seen Portugal lifting Euro Cup. You have seen Chile winning consecutive finals of Copa America against Messi’s Argentina. You have recently seen Barcelona creating the history with a comeback from 4-0 first leg deficit. This is football, and you believe right till the final whistle. It must be another fairy tale for thousands of years to come.
Leicester, you have all the rights to dream and we believe you can!