Musa, others are Champions League underdogs - Ranieri

Champions League By: Ambrose Udeme | 13/12/2016

Musa, others are UEFA CL underdogs - Ranieri

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri believes his side will once again be the underdogs when the knock out phase of the UEFA Champions League kicks off next year.

Ranieri's men who are the Premier League winners will face off against the UEFA Europa League champions Sevilla in what promises to be an intriguing round of 16 encounter.

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Following Monday's draw for the round of 16 fixtures by UEFA, the Foxes' manager in his reaction said: "For us, it is a tough but very exciting draw against a team who are used to fighting in Europe.

"Whoever we played would have been a tough opponent, but I think all the teams who came second will have wanted to play against us, and I know we will be the underdogs once again. Always we are underdogs, every time." Ranieri told

This will be the first time these teams will meet. Leicester's only previous taste of Spanish opposition came against Atlético Madrid, in the 1961/62 European Cup Winners' Cup first round (1-1 home, 0-2 away) and the 1997/98 UEFA Cup first round (1-2 away, 0-2 home).

Sevilla's last brush with English opposition came in claiming an unprecedented third straight UEFA Europa League title with a 3-1 win against Liverpool in last season's final. It was their second final success against a Premier League side, following their 4-0 defeat of Middlesbrough in the 2006 UEFA Cup final.