Leicester, March 13 (IANS) Leicester City head coach Craig Shakespeare said on Monday that his team is capable of winning the UEFA Champions League and that he has full faith in his side’s options against Sevilla in the second leg match of the UEFA Champions League pre-quarterfinal on Tuesday.
When asked if Leicester can win the Champions League, Shakespeare said: “Why not? We are in it. We have to try and be competitive every game.”
Despite considering the match as a complicated encounter, Shakespeare believes that his team has a great opportunity against Sevilla at Leicester’s King Power stadium, as a step towards winning the UEFA Champions League, which he considers possible, reports Efe.
“There is a great opportunity for us and we will give it our best shot. We have to compete for the 90 minutes or extra time. We have practiced penalties and we try to leave no stone unturned. By the way the penalties were good!” Shakespeare said during a pre-match presser on Monday.
Leicester were defeated in the first leg 1-2, but Shakespeare thinks that having an away goal, which Jamie Vardy scored, is just another step forward.
“We knew by getting the away goal it gave us a great opportunity. We give ourselves a great chance. It makes it very interesting. It will be a special occasion and the atmosphere will be electric,” he said.
The Sevilla clash is the first for Shakespeare since he was confirmed on Sunday as Claudio Ranieri’s replacement until the end of the season, after being in charge as caretaker.
Shakespeare confirmed that midfielder Nampalys Mendy will miss the clash with Sevilla due to a knee injury.