Leicester City have kept their Champions’ League dream alive with that crucial away goal in their 2-1 loss to Sevilla. It could also potentially kick start their woeful Premier League campaign.
After last season’s fairy-tale of winning the title and confirming Champions’ League football for the first time, this season has not at all lived up to the 2016 heroics. Despite this, Jamie Vardy’s 73rd minute goal may just be the thing to put the spark back in the club.
After going 758 minutes without scoring, and being 2-0 to a very dangerous looking Sevilla side, last season’s talisman Vardy confidently slotted home Danny Drinkwater’s superb cross and take a vital away goal to the King Power Stadium.
That was Vardy’s first shot in 380 minutes and his first goal since the beginning of December.
Kasper Schmiechel was Leicester’s hero on the night, making an important penalty save when the score was 0-0 as well as making a number of stops throughout the match, which saw Sevilla maintain over 70% possession.
Schmiechel told BT Sport “We lost the game, that is disappointing. We certainly are not celebrating. 2-1 away from home in the Champions’ League? We will take that.”
It is no doubt that filling N’Golo Kante’s position was a huge task and he has been massively missed but throughout periods the tie there were glimpses of last season’s Leicester. There was tireless running, tackling, intercepting and heading against a team who were technically a lot better than them, something which epitomized them Leicester season.
To stand any chance in the return leg, the Foxes will have to be a lot more organised and anticipate Sevilla’s attacking ability. A 1-0 win would be enough to send them through to the quarter-final but one away goal can completely change the balance of the game.