LEICESTER’s Champions League heroes have issued a ‘Bring it on’ battlecry to European football’s biggest hitters
GETTYShinji Okazaki scored as Leicester progressed to the Champions League knock-out stagesClaudio Ranieri’s men won Group G with a game to spare and now go into the hat for the knockout stages with the cream of Europe.But the Foxes insist they won’t fear anyone when the last 16 draw is made in Switzerland on December 12.
Defender Christian Fuchs and winger Marc Albrighton claim the thought of going toe-to-toe with the likes of a Real Madrid or Barcelona is something they relish.
Fuchs said: “We are good at being the underdogs and giving our best. I honestly don’t care who we get.
GETTYMarc Albrighton hopes Leicester can cause another upsetGETTYChristian Fuchs says he doesn’t care who Leicester face in the Champions League“We are really happy playing with Leicester in the Champions League. It makes us proud. In the knock-out stage anything is possible.We believe in ourselves and want to win every game.
“Everything is possible. We showed last season that we are able to do great things. Why not also in the Champions League?”
Albrighton agrees, saying: “We hope we can push on and cause another upset in the knock-out stages.
“We’ve not had a chance to have too much of a look at who we might face yet but I am sure we will be looking and come the draw we will be excited.
“They’re all big teams now. If you get one of the top teams over two legs it would be fantastic. To go to their stadium and for them to come here, would make for an immense occasion.”Albrighton added: “It was the same last year, going into those last few games. Obviously second place in the Premier League would have been an unbelievable achievement but once we were there we wanted to go for the top and go for the ultimate.”
He added: “That’s what we want to do here. We want to enjoy the occasions but we want to win the games and progress even further.
“Maybe to get your Real Madrids and your Barcelonas would be special. But anyone for me would be great.”
Midfielder Danny Drinkwater is facing a possible three-match ban after being charged with violent conduct by the FA.The England star elbowed Watford’s Valon Behrami in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Vicarage Road.
Referee Neil Swarbrick missed the incident but video image has come to light implicating Drinkwater in an incident two minutes after he was booked for a foul on the same player.