Atletico Madrid v Leicester City
Leicester were denied a meeting against one of Europe’s true giants and in Atleti they face a formidable barrier to their amazing story continuing after defeating Sevilla in the last-16. Diego Simeone’s side are struggling for form in La Liga this season but have reached two of the past three Champions League finals; furthermore, their style is exactly the opposite of what Leicester excel against.
Jamie Vardy likes space to run into and Leicester punish teams on the counter, but Atleti themselves are lethal counter-attackers and have one of the best drilled defences in Europe; Simeone won’t make the same mistake as Pep Guardiola, who defended high against Leicester in December and allowed Vardy to score a hat-trick.
Leicester playing Atletico Madrid is a bit like when Arsenal play Barcelona: an English side up against a far improved version of themselves, and we know how that works out.
Key battle: Diego Godin v Jamie Vardy
The England striker is coming back into form after helping to knock out Sevilla but in Godin he faces one of the most accomplished and consistent defenders operating at the top level. If the Uruguayan can shut Vardy down then Leicester will lose their most dangerous asset and most productive out-ball.
Reaction: Craig Shakespeare
Facing a team who have reached the final in two of the last three seasons is a massive challenge but it’s just the kind of tie you expect in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Atletico Madrid are a very good team with some fantastic individuals with experience in the competition, but we’ll be ready to give everything to progress. It will be a brilliant occasion for our supporters and for everyone at the Club but, before the players can begin to think about these games, we have Premier League matches to come that are of huge significance to our season. They will be our sole focus.
Head-to-head record: Atletico Madrid 3, Draw 1, Leicester 0.
Read the full article on eurosport.co.uk: Quarter-finals: Key battles and predictions