Contrasting times for Sevilla and Leicester
The Sevillian dream went up in smoke in Leicester. Everything went wrong. This tie fell during a difficult period for the Andalusians who, inexplicably, in just a few games, suddenly began to play worse. Something like this can happen and then it will go, but all the while the results come at a cost to the team. Contrary to this, Leicester changed their manager in the middle of the two-legged tie and triggered a reaction that is repairing a season at risk of being a disaster. The players are now doing for Shakespeare what they were not doing for Ranieri. Yesterday Guillem Balagué explained the causes. It has been a clear case of a squad and coach clashing.
Murphy's Law for Sevilla
But plenty was still needed, given the initial distance between the two teams. There were two penalties, both saved by Schmeichel Junior, whose proud father, celebrated the one last night. He had already stopped one in the first leg. Even more unfortunate, a rocket of a shot from Escudero was also denied, and then Nasri, who spent all night buying tokens to be sent off, eventually gathered them up and cashed them in. A real pity. This Sevilla side is worthy of their time in the quarter finals of the Champions League, but we will not see them there. I am sorry for the great work that has been done by the club and for the dreams of all the Sevillistas. But it's been a case of Murphy's Law.
Atlético to make it a LaLiga three
There will not be four Spanish sides in the quarters, but we assume there will be three. Atlético host Bayer Leverkusen with such a positive first-leg result that nobody is considering an upset. Fans are enthusiastic about seeing an attractive game, at least marching onwards, not going out, and being able to applaud El Niño, Torres, now happily recovered after his health looked to be in a rocky situation. But Sevilla will not fall out of the conversation, more than just about last night, as they have much more still to come. On Sunday they travel to the Calderón and this game could have a big say on who will end the season in third place. But first, tonight we must ensure no slip-ups.
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