Tuesday 20 February 2018

Roy Keane doesn't give Leicester City much chance ahead of Atletico Madrid second leg

Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann continues to be linked with a move to Manchester United
Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann continues to be linked with a move to Manchester United
Craig Shakespeare suggested Atletico Madrid will not reslish a trip to Leicester next week
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Roy Keane poked fun Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare and his players after they suggested Atletico Madrid will be fearful of a trip to the King Power Stadium in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

Atletico established a 1-0 lead thanks to a controversial Antoine Griezmann penalty on Wednesday night, yet Leicester boss Shakespeare talked up his side’s hopes of making future progress in Europe’s elite competition after a battling display in the Spanish capital.

"Atletico are a very good team, their work ethic is exceptional, but we are still in this tie," said the Leicester boss after his side's defeat in the Spanish capital.

"We still have a challenge ahead against a very good team, but we are aware of what we need to do for the second-leg. We know it is a going to be a very difficult return match, but we have very good record at the King Power."

However, former Manchester United and Ireland captain Keane dismissed that optimism as he suggested the Premier League champions will not intimidate experienced Champions League rivals who emerged with a 1-1 draw from a tough away trip against Spanish title leaders and European champions Real Madrid last weekend.

"There was talk from the manager and the players that they are delighted to bring them back to the King Power," Keane told ITV Sport.

"Well, Atletico went to the Bernabeu last week and drew, so I don’t think they will be quaking in their boots going to the King Power!

"Leicester thought they had a tough night in Spain. Well, it will be much tougher next week."

Keane went on to back Atletico to end Leicester’s unexpectedly lengthy run in Europe’s top competition, as he suggested Diego Simeone’s La Liga side are in the driving seat to reach another semi-final.

"They are talking about who is favourites after this result and you have to say Atletico, without a doubt," added Keane.

"They have some big players out, the pressure of playing league games at the end of the season, these are the challenges you face at this stage of the competition.

"Atletico will be quietly confident, sitting in there and hitting Leicester on the counter attack.

"Leicester will be pleased with the scoreline, but I don’t think their performance was that great. Especially going forward, they will have to do a lot better."

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