Zidane fears the ‘passion and heart’ of Leicester

Date published: Thursday 16th March 2017 8:40

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has followed Gianluigi Buffon’s lead in admitting that he hopes to avoid Leicester in the Champions League quarter-finals.

The reigning Premier League champions reached the last eight after a stunning 2-0 win over Sevilla at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday night.

Following that performance, Juventus goalkeeper Buffon admitted: “I would like to avoid Leicester City. They’re a dangerous side, there’s a feel-good factor around the place and they have the ability to hurt you if you take the game to them.”

Zidane has reiterated Buffon’s fears about taking on the Foxes, despite Real holding the record of 11 European Cup wins.

“I don’t think there will be a single coach who are hoping they face Leicester.

“They keep achieving what they are told they can’t achieve.

“Many thought they wouldn’t hold on to their lead at the top of the Premier League — and they did.

“Many thought they could not turnaround the defeat against Sevilla — and they did.

“Whatever club Leicester face, they [Leicester] won’t be favourites. And with that pressure off them and on the other team, anything can happen.

“We have seen they have some very talented players but they also play with a lot of passion and heart. That is never easy to face.

“In the last eight, you are going to be in for two tough games. It’s the stage of the competition where everybody starts to believe and to dream they can win it.”

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