Atletico prove fairytale killers to end Leicester's run

Riot police clash with Bayern fans in the tribunes during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg football match Real Madrid vs FC Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid in Madrid

"We were in the ascendancy".

Drinkwater said: "We did believe we could win it".

The majority of the Foxes were appearing in the Champions League for the first time this season and Shakespeare hopes reaching the quarter-finals will serve as an inspiration for them.

"Some of us may not play in the Champions League again", he said.

Atletico Madrid manager Simeone said: "I'm full of emotion and pride at the performance of my team".

Leicester were the lowest scoring side left in the competition but entered the clash knowing they had to score at least once to have any chance of progressing. It was a pleasure to compete against them. They managed to score from one - through Jamie Vardy - and came extremely close on a couple more occasions.

“We had them rattled with the effort and commitment we showed.

Beaten by city foes Real Madrid in the 2014 and 2016 finals, Diego Simeone's side can continue to dream that this will be the year they finally end their wait for European football's biggest prize.

"He nearly becomes unemployable because wherever he goes, if he goes in as a number two, the moment you have a bad game he's going to want the job and someone's going to get sacked".

A closely-contested game saw Atleti control the opening stages, before Leicester came out fighting in the second half, ultimately enjoying more of the ball and nearly twice as many shots on goal as the visitors.

"I don't like to praise too much but today we did respond and played in the way that we needed to".

Shakespeare rung the changes at half time.

Last season's runners-up looked set for a calm night when Saul Niguez's pin-point header put them two goals ahead on aggregate before halftime to cool the atmosphere in the King Power Stadium.

The weariest Leicester players collapsed to the field as their teammates received the consoling embraces of their rivals from Atletico Madrid. Leicester have got their identity back and people back supporting is. [Leonardo] Ulloa did a great job in the area.

However, since the departure of Claudio Ranieri and appointment of Shakespeare, the England worldwide has regained his scoring touch and his well-take goal in the second half this evening means he now has netted seven times from his last 10 shots on target across all competitions.

The English side adopted a happy-go-lucky 'we've done it before, why can't we do it again' attitude, which ultimately holds little sway in football. Everything that we said before the match, both teams have lived up to that.

But, in fairness to Leicester, it was not just about fight and grit.



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