Leicester City turn to African stars for inspiration ahead of Atletico clash

Leicester City turn to African stars for inspiration ahead of Atletico clash
Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez celebrates scoirng his side's first goal of the game from the penalty spot during the Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester.

by Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Apr 18, 2017. 11:00

African stars such as Riyad Mahrez and Wilfred Ndidi are set to play central roles as Leicester City look to mount a comeback in tonight’s UEFA Champions League quarterfinal, second leg tie.

The Foxes trail 1-0 after the first leg away to Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon last week, with Antoine Griezmann’s penalty all that separated the sides on the night.

Leicester have enjoyed a fairytale run on their Champions League debut and will need the likes of Algerian wizard Mahrez, his compatriot Islam Slimani and Nigerian midfielder Ndidi to be in top form if they are to breach an Atletico defence regarded as one of the very best in Europe.

Ghanaian Thomas Partey will hope to feature for the Spanish side as they continue to chase an elusive Champions League triumph under inspirational coach Diego Simeone.

The other match on the night sees Real Madrid looking to wrap up progression against German giants Bayern Munich. ‘Los Blancos’ hold a 2-1 lead from the first leg in Bavaria last week and are heavily favoured to march into the semifinals.

UEFA Champions League fixtures, Tuesday 18 April
Quarterfinal, second leg - aggregate score in parenthesis

Leicester City v Atletico Madrid (0-1)
20h45 CAT, King Power Stadium

Real Madrid v Bayern Munich (2-1)
20h45 CAT, Santiago Bernabeu Stadium

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