At best, we’re only going to get four more opportunities to say this, so here goes again: this might be the biggest game in the 133 year history of Leicester City. The Foxes, only 11th in England right now, are into the last 8 of the Champions League, where they will square off against 2014 and 2016 finalists Atlético Madrid.
This is going to be great, I’m telling you. Madrid go into this tie favourites, of course they do, and this is their home leg, so the expectation on them is even higher. That means we really have nothing to lose. The Foxes have already gone further than any other English team this year and, as we saw with Sevilla in the last round, a loss here by no means ends the journey.
To learn more about our opponents, you can see Shane chat to our opposition blog Into the Calderon here and here. For more build up you can check out our match preview, and see below for all the information on how to watch, along with team news and lineups when they come.
Location: Vincente Calderón Stadium, Madrid, Spain
Opposition Blog: Into the Calderon
Kick-off time: 7:45 PM GMT, 3:45 PM Eastern, 12:45 PM Pacific
Available TV: BT Sport 2 (UK), Fox Sports 2 (US), TSN (Canada)
Available streaming: BT Sport Live Streaming (UK), Fox Sports Go (US), TSN Go, beIN Sport (Canada)
Available Radio: BBC Radio 5 Live (UK), SiriusXM FC (US)
For full international listings see LiveSoccerTV.com
Leicester City Team News:
No change here, unfortunately. Mendy, Wagué and, most importantly, Wes Morgan all remain out. Vardy, Slimani, Huth and Ndidi are all one yellow card away from missing the second leg.
Atletico Madrid Team News:
Atleti may be without Tiago, Augusto Fernandez, Miguel Angel Moya, Sime Vrsaljko, Kevin Gameiro and Nicolas Gaitan through injury. Jose Gimenez is there only player on a booking.
Tonight’s starting XI: Schmeichel (c), Simpson, Benalouane, Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez, Ndidi, Drinkwater, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy. #AtmLei pic.twitter.com/JcL7LHCQfu— Leicester City (@LCFC) April 12, 2017
No surprises there. Back to what they know best.
Atlético Madrid: Oblak; Juanfran; Savic, Godin, Luis; Niguez, Gabi, Koke, Carrasco; Torres, Griezman
Enjoy this one, folks. Even in the best case scenario, we won't get many more of these.
If you are unsure why #LCFC fans are so up for this draw...— James Sharpe (@TheSharpeEnd) March 17, 2017
O'Neill's comments at the end are glorious. #fudged https://t.co/atIN5FMUGQ