Leicester City last night showed the impossible dream is anything but. This season’s Champions League has thrown up some incredible drama: few gave Leicester a prayer of emerging from the group stages, let alone eliminating UEFA Cup winners Sevilla; fewer still predicted Barcelona would overturn a four-goal deficit against Paris Saint-Germain. Tonight, at Stade Louis II, in the tiny French principality, no one is taking anything for granted. Having fought out an eight-goal thriller at Eastlands a fortnight ago, the two teams re-engage with a place in the quarter-finals at stake.
Pep Guardiola’s men will need cool heads and discipline after shipping three away goals to the fluid French side who have managed to coax out the talent from Radamel Falcao – a striker who couldn’t hit his own backside with a shovel during spells in the UK with Manchester United and Chelsea. He looks in decent fettle now though and his second goal and humbling of John Stones in Manchester showed that though form deserted him, his talent did not.
The first leg was breathless, thrilling and punctuated by some calamitous defending – it’s hellish for fans of the two teams – but brilliant fun for the armchair pundit.
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