Leicester Trio On Sevilla Success
Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, skipper Wes Morgan and right back Danny Simpson have all been giving their thoughts following victory over Sevilla in midweek.
Hosting the side at the King Power Stadium for the second leg of the round of 16 Champions League tie, a two nil victory on the night gave us a three two aggregate score across both legs and we booked our place in the quarter final draw this Friday.
Speaking to lcfc.com in his own post game press conference, a delighted Schmeichel credited the side for taking victory, as the magnitude of that win certainly hadn't been lost on the team.
'It`s an amazing evening for the Club. I`m proud of all the boys and the fans were absolutely magnificent - it was a great atmosphere. I say every time that it`s my job to make saves. I don`t think it`s a penalty but it was given and we have to get on with it and try and save it.'
Having referenced his penalty save above, with Sevilla going down to ten men with Samir Nasri's dismissal he knew we had to be tight at the back and the clean sheet was our first since early January.
'It`s testament to the boys because we played really, really well in the first half and it was always going to be tough to keep that intensity in the second half against a team that are very good at passing. Even when they went down to 10 men they kept on pressing, but we probably should have shut the game out by then. It was a good performance all round.'
As for Morgan, in his own interview he was also full of praise for the side for their efforts on the night, saying the victory was again Leicester 'achieving the impossible'.
Speaking to BT Sport following their coverage of the match, he explained.
'I'm not sure if it will happen again but we did it. We proved a lot of people wrong and pulled off the impossible again. We will take whoever comes. It is a fantastic night for Leicester. We still need to concentrate on the league but we will enjoy this moment.'
As for Simpson, he also told lcfc.com that it was simply a 'special' night and result for the club - especially factoring in that Sevilla hadn't lost a knockout tie over two legs in European competition since August 2011.
'It`s a great feeling and it`s hard to put into words being in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. It`s a special feeling. It was an emotional and tough night but we believed before the game that we could do it and we did. I thought we played some really good stuff. We said before the game, if we can keep a clean sheet, we know we`ve got a great chance because with the players that we`ve got, we know we`re going to score.'
Simpson went on to add.
'In the end, we maybe could have scored more than a couple, but at the same time we had a bit of luck with the woodwork and Kasper made a great save. I think that`s what you need in games like this. You look at us and we have belief and everyone is together pressing and putting pressure on top quality players. If you give them space and time then they will punish you, but we were back to ourselves and we just went for it.'
With Schmeichel again making headlines with his second penalty save of the two legged tie, Simpson added.
'To make two penalty saves in the Champions League like that on the bounce is amazing, it was a great save. He`s a top 'keeper. I was actually quietly confident he was going to save it. He practiced penalties on Friday and guessed the right way every time with our lads, so I`m happy for him and we needed that.'