Roy Keane Doesn't Rate Leicester's Chances in Champions League as Atletico Madrid Will Show No Fear

Ryan Jones

​Roy Keane has downplayed comments made by Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare and some of the players who are confident when facing Atletico Madrid at the King Power Stadium for the second leg of their quarter final clash in the Champions League, via the ​Independent.

Leicester have once again surprised fans with their strong performances in Europe's top flight and even though they go into the second leg 1-0 down, they overturned a goal deficit in the previous round against Sevilla with ease. 

A controversial penalty from  Antoine Griezmann has given the Atletico the advantage, but Shakespeare is confident that the Foxes home form will allow them to battle back and advance to the next round. 

He said:  "Atletico are a very good team, their work ethic is exceptional, but we are still in this tie.

Club Atletico de Madrid v Leicester City - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: First Leg

"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 Leicester's chances of progressing and japed that Atletico Madrid will have no fear when arriving at the King Power. 

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

"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!

Club Atletico de Madrid v Leicester City - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: First Leg

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

Keane also added that  Diego Simeone's side will be the one's to finish off Leicester's Champions League campaign . 

"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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