It ended earlier than we’d all have liked (as it does for 30/32 teams that enter), but you’d have to say that that was a successful Champions League debut for Leicester City. As the first English club to win their first three UCL games, the first team ever to keep a clean sheet in their first four and as their country’s sole representation in the quarterfinals, they certainly gave a great account of themselves.
Even as they went out, they did so despite outplaying one of the best team’s in the world. Atlético weren’t set up to attack, but to outshoot them 23-6 is a testament to just how in control we were. In the end they gave it everything they had, and were narrowly edged out, their pride very much intact. Arsenal could learn plenty from that.
Kasper Schmeichel - 7
Usually against a Spanish team he at least gets a penalty to save, but it was a very quiet day for the Dane, except for one header that he never stood a chance with.
Danny Simpson - 7
I can’t remember 100% whether this was his first appearance for us as a centre back, whether in a three or four, but he certainly hasn't done it often or recently, so he did well to adapt on the fly and keep things tight in the second half.
Wes Morgan - 8
Did pretty well just to be out there at all, but looked assured throughout. Kept some very good forwards quiet.
Yohan Benalouane - 7
Didn't put a foot out of line in the first half and was only taken off in order to throw more players forward.
Christian Fuchs - 6
Shouldn’t take sole blame for the goal, but he was certainly out of position and marking no one. Defended very well for the rest of the match and helped to control the game in attack.
Riyad Mahrez - 7
Also takes a partial share of defensive blame for his failure to close down the crossing Luis. With the ball he was a bright spot, finding space and looking dangerous, but he just wasn't clinical enough to get the ball over the line.
Danny Drinkwater - 8
Quietly went about his business, attempting and completing more passes than any other player as the Foxes controlled the tempo and possession in the second half.
Now we’ve had a taste of it, we want more - Danny agrees with me, the journey is far from over
Wilfred Ndidi - 7
Nothing flashy in his performance but he did a good job of breaking up play and his height in always a plus when the ball’s in the air.
Marc Albrighton - 6
Worked hard and put in a lot of crosses, as he does every day. Tried to pass the job of following Saul over to Fuchs, even though the Austrian was clearly not in place to take over, so he takes the third and final share of the goal blame.
Shinji Okazaki - 6
Again struggled to really make an impact on the game and it was no real surprise to see him make way at half time.
Jamie Vardy - 8
Kept working and getting into great positions and was finally rewarded with a great chance that he duly put away.
1 - Jamie Vardy is the first English player to score in a Champions League quarter-final since Frank Lampard in 2012. Party.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 18, 2017
Leo Ulloa - 8
Regularly underrated, including by me, but he was a big part of the second half effort. His ability to compete for the fall was key to our more direct approach and, while he’s not as fast as the others, he still works hard to cover the ground needed.
Ben Chilwell - 8
He didn’t quite have the final product down (nor do most 20 year olds), but he just seemed to get on the end of everything, despite having to cover the ground of a wingback.
Daniel Amartey - 7
Couldn’t have been expecting to come on at that point, but did just fine.
It was an impressive performance, but the second half was particularly strong. The switch in systems at half time was clearly a huge part of the game and that’s why my Man of the Match is Craig Shakespeare.