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Yohan Benalouane refuses to accept Leicester's Champions League dream is over

April 28 2017, 02:06 | Van Peters

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A decision on whether captain Wes Morgan will face Atletico Madrid in Leicester City's Champions League quarter-final second leg will be taken on Tuesday, manager Craig Shakespeare said on Monday.

Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi trained at Real Madrid training ground with his teammates on Thursday, April 13.

Atletico coach Diego Simeone lamented his side's inability to kill the tie, but lauded Leicester's defensive effort.

"The last couple of games have showed that whenever somebody cannot play, that they can fill the gap - [Yohan] Benalouane did it very well over the last couple of games".

"I can't wait and I think everyone else can't wait either", said Drinkwater.

As it turned out the mistake came from the referee but the result was no less of a triumph for the tactical genius of Simeone, who has mastered the art of taking minimal risks to extract optimal results.

Did Leicester deserve a penalty against Atletico Madrid? But the English champions held on and gave themselves a chance to overcome the deficit in the second leg at home. "If he is out, we will have to have a look at what we do with team shape", Shakespeare added.

"It will be very hard because we have to be more open and attack more", he added. But by the same token, we need to be mindful of players like Griezmann.

Swedish referee Jonas Eriksson pointed to the spot with Leicester players protesting that the foul occurred outside the penalty area.

With the meanest defence in La Liga and Griezmann poised to counter, Atletico are also ideally suited to withstand whatever atmosphere the Foxes fans whip up next Tuesday.

"Before the game I'd like to think I'm measured but there has to be a tinge of motivation". It's a free-kick, it's a definite free-kick, but it's outside the box'. However, Leicester would be disappointed to have conceded that goal too and losing an important match.

"We are working with UEFA and the local authorities to establish the full facts of what took place and the reasons for the police response", a Leicester spokesman said on Thursday.

Atleti are nearly at full strength and come into the game with a 1-0 first-leg lead. "On reflection, when you finish a game with a point having been 2-0 down, you have to be incredibly satisfied with that point". "We know we are strong at home and I am sure we can cause them problems".

"We need to attack more than we did tonight, but we are aware of what we have to do in the second leg".

Danny Drinkwater and Danny Simpson seemed to be caught in two minds on the loose ball from Robert Huth's long throw-in into Ateltico's box as both players went to close down the ball, leaving Griezmann wide open. "We knew we were walking a tight rope".

"There is some hope with Morgan. It is 1-0 and we have a chance in that game".



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