Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Danny Drinkwater targets Champions League again with Leicester

Danny Drinkwater targets Champions League again with Leicester

Saul Niguez's first-half header grabbed a crucial away goal for Atletico and they held on despite a second-half rally from the hosts on Tuesday.

Saul's header proved crucial though as Diego Simeone's side - beaten finalists in two of the last three years - squeezed into the semi-finals in search of their maiden Champions League crown.

Atletico Madrid captain Gabi wants Barcelona to complete another improbable comeback against Juventus and continue Spanish dominance of the Champions League.

But, as we say, he did show the occasional moment of brilliance. "They should want more of this, all players want to play at the highest level, which the Champions League is".

The surprise team in the final four, Monaco now lead Ligue 1 in France, which could mean an 8th league title for them and a first since 2000. "Now we've had a taste of it, we want more". "We lived in fear all night".

"The team did what we needed to do to go through".

Atletico do not have the same strength in depth but they can at least afford to rest key players in the build-up to Champions League semi-finals because they are safely nestled in top three now and only an uncharacteristic collapse would see the overtaken.

Atletico Madrid would have expected a far more comfortable passage into the last four of the Champions League after drawing Leicester City in the quarter-finals.

"This season has been more downs than ups, but I feel we've turned it around and we're coming good". It's the first time for Monaco in the Champions League semis since 2004, when they made it to the final and lost to Porto.

Shakespeare has, of course, only been given the job until the end of the season but surely he has done enough to get it permanently.

Shortly after Griezmann nearly brought a second for the Spaniards, Leicester got their lifeline.

"I've enjoyed it, pitting your wits against one of the best coaches in the world, one of the best sides in the world", Ranieri's former assistant said.

The King Power has proved to be the ideal environment for Leicester City's Champions League adventure - and so it proved once more here.

"The momentum was with us after Jamie Vardy's goal and we needed that second goal when the opportunity came, but it just wasn't to be".

"I'm full of emotion and pride at the performance of my team", Simeone, whose side have twice suffered heartbreak against Real Madrid in the final, told reporters.

Ronaldo got his first of the night in the 76th minute to settle a few nerves in Madrid but less than one minute later Bayern had levelled up the tie when Sergio Ramos scored an own goal.

"We felt we could get back into it and we created chances but they were blocked, " said Drinkwater's central midfield partner Wilfred Ndidi, who feels the Foxes can get back into Europe.

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