The draw for the last 16 round of the Champions League was equal parts exciting and daunting for Leicester City. For first timers in the tournament, the group stage draw seemed huge, even though the Foxes were seeded away from facing most of Europe’s elite.
This time, it was a little different, with continental powers like Real Madrid, PSG and Bayern Munich on the table. A terrifying prospect and yet, for a team not expecting to progress, there could be few bigger finales to the European tour.
Instead, the side who can’t avoid top level sides in domestic cups, once again dodged the big boys, landing Sevilla, 7th place finishers in La Liga who only qualified for the tournament through their Europa League exploits. On the surface, this is actually one of the most winnable games possible.
That’s putting Sevilla’s incredible recent history in knockout football aside, however. They qualified through winning last year’s Europa League, beating Liverpool in the final. In fact, they’ve won the last 3 Europa Leagues, and will now be itching to test themselves at a higher stakes knockout.
As good a side as Sevilla are, however, this definitely opens the door for another round of the Leicester City miracle. The Foxes will head to Spain first and if their defence can keep up the standards of the the first 5 group games, could be bringing a very tight tie back to the King Power Stadium.
I’m not saying that I expect Leicester to win this tie, or even that I think it’s particularly likely, but if they bring a 0-0 scoreline into the home leg, they’re definitely capable of pulling it off.