Leicester City’s Italian coach Claudio Ranieri gestures from the sideline during the UEFA Champions League football match FC Porto vs Leicester City FC at the Dragao stadium in Porto on December 7, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCISCO LEONG
Claudio Ranieri has welcomed Leicester’s Champions League draw against Sevilla as their debut campaign continues to the knockout stage.
Having stunningly won the Premier League last season and then topped Group G ahead of Porto, FC Copenhagen and Club Brugge, Ranieri acknowledged his side represented a favourable draw for any of the group runners-up.
But having avoided the likes of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid to land the team who have won the Europa League for three straight years, he too was happy with the outcome in Nyon yesterday.
“For us it is a tough but very exciting draw against a team who are used to fighting in Europe,” he said.
“Whoever we played would have been a tough opponent, but I think all the teams who arrived second will have wanted to play against us and I know that we will be the underdogs once again. Always we are underdogs, every time.
“I know that Sevilla have lifted the Europa League three times in three years – it is unbelievable. Now they are third in the league and have lost only three so far. They are a big, big, big team.
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