Zidane explains why he doesn't want to face Leicester City


Zidane explains why he doesn't want to face Leicester City

Picture: Raphael Labbe

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has admitted that he would not want to face last year’s Premier League champions in the next round of the Champions League, Mirror reports.

Leicester have unleashed the same power that drove them to the title last season with the sacking of Claudio Ranieri as they overcame third-placed in La Liga Sevilla in the quarter-finals.

“I don’t think there will be a single coach who are hoping they face Leicester.” Zidane said. “They keep achieving what they are told they can’t achieve. Many though they wouldn’t hold onto their lead at the top of the Premier League – and they did.

“Many thought they could not turnaround the defeat against Sevilla – and they did.”

Despite not scoring a goal, Jamie Verdy terrorised Sevilla’s defence with smart movement and was responsible for getting Samir Nasri sent to the showers in the 74th minute.

Zidane continued: “Whatever club Leicester face, they won’t be favourites. And with that pressure off them and on the other team, anything can happen.

“We have seen they have some very talented players but they also play with a lot of passion and heart. That is never easy to face.

“In the last eight, you are going to be in for two tough games. It’s the stage of the competition where everybody starts to believe and to dream they can win it.”

The draw will be made at 12:00 CET on Friday 17 March.



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Premier League 2017/18

# Team P GD Pts
1 Manchester City FC 30 65 81
2 Manchester United FC 30 35 65
3 Liverpool FC 31 39 63
4 Tottenham Hotspur FC 30 34 61
5 Chelsea FC 30 25 56
6 Arsenal FC 30 14 48
7 Burnley FC 30 1 43
8 Leicester City FC 30 2 40
9 Everton FC 31 -13 40
10 AFC Bournemouth 31 -12 36
11 Watford FC 31 -16 36
12 Brighton & Hove Albion 30 -12 34
13 Newcastle United FC 30 -10 32
14 Swansea City FC 30 -17 31
15 Huddersfield Town 31 -27 31
16 Crystal Palace FC 31 -18 30
17 West Ham United FC 30 -21 30
18 Southampton FC 30 -15 28
19 Stoke City FC 31 -29 27
20 West Bromwich Albion FC 31 -25 20