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Wednesday, 22 Feb 2017 18:47 EATtmatalanga@kenyafreepress.com
Leicester City will be hoping to make history by making it to the quarter-final of the Champions League when they travel to Spain to Play Sevilla in the first leg of a two-legged knockout stage tie. The Foxes are languishing at position 17 in the Premier League, a point above the relegation zone, and have not won any of their last six league matches.
The fairy tale that was their Premier League story last season is fast evading them. Contrastingly, their opponents Sevilla have lost only once in their last five league matches and will surely pose a threat to Claudio Ranieri's side. They too have lost once in their last three Champions League ties at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium.
Sevilla Manager Jorge Luis Sampaoli is currently one of the most sought after manager's in the European football scene and was weary about the danger Foxes striker Jamie Vardy will pose to Sevilla. Sampaoli while addressing a news conference on Tuesday said: "Today we are not talking about the team that won the league so brilliantly, we're talking about one that is not doing well and is fighting relegation.
"You have to talk about the present.Goalscorers live for the moment and Vardy was fundamental last year. When he rediscovers his goalscoring touch Leicester will be a dangerous team again."
Ranieri's charges will surely have to play some scintillating football that saw them clinch the English premier league title last season if they want to make it to the next round. Sevilla have a very experienced squad with players such as Samir Nasri currently on loan from Manchester CIty, Stephen Nzonzi, Stevan Jovetic among others unlike their english counterparts squad whose players are making their debut in this season's campaign.
The Old lady of Turin, Juventus, will travel away to Portugal to face two time winner FC Porto in the second tie of today's Champions League action. Juve have won five of their last five Serie A ties and have not dropped any points away in their last three champions League matches. Porto on their part have won their last five home Primeira Liga ties and have won twice in their last three home matches in the Champions league.
Today's action will surely be as exciting as what was witnessed yesterday. Either way it will certainly capture the minds of many football fanatics. In the end the best team will always win.
Matalanga is a student of journalism at the East Africa School of Media Studies and an intern writer at the Kenya Free Press.