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UCL: Zidane keen to avoid Leicester City

Champions League By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 16/03/2017

Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has admitted he would rather not be drawn against Leicester City in the quarter-finals of the Champions League which the draw holds on Friday. 

Leicester are the only English side still in the Champions League after they overturned a 2-1 first-leg deficit to beat Sevilla 3-2 on aggregate on Tuesday night.

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Juventus captain, Gianluigi Buffon, has already stated that he would prefer to avoid the Foxes and Zidane have echoed the Italian star's sentiments regarding the English champions. 

"I don't think there will be a single coach who is hoping they face Leicester," Zidane told Sky Sports News.

"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 turn around the defeat against Sevilla - and they did. Whatever club Leicester face, they [Leicester] won't be favorites. And with that pressure off them and on the other team, anything can happen."

Zidane credited the fighting spirit within the Leicester side which is a trait no team can tactically prepare for.

“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,'' he said. 

“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.”