Leicester manager blames poor refereeing for Atletico loss

In-form Crystal Palace wing Wilfried Zaha has drawn interest from Manchester City

In-form Crystal Palace wing Wilfried Zaha has drawn interest from Manchester City

Benalouane, who has come in from the wilderness, will be a key player for City against Atletico Madrid next Tuesday in the second-leg quarter-final clash. "It would be nice to see it get trialled and see how it works out, but we can't dwell on it too much". On the other side, the Foxes failed to generate any shots on target as Jamie Vardy was starved of service by a frenetic Atletico side that enjoyed a lion's share of the possession.

Atletico eked out a 1-0 win at the Vicente Caldern Stadium here on Wednesday night thanks to a controversial penalty which was converted by striker Antoine Griezmann in the 28th minute.

Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare says his team were let down by a poor refereeing decision in their loss to Atletico.

"We need to focus on the game this weekend and make sure we don't get wrapped up in all the talk of us being safe, because we are not", he said in his pre-match press conference.

"I don't think we can afford to do that", said Shakespeare.

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How does it affect South Africa? "I'm not however convinced it's the 18-team competition that has led us to losing a team today". The Sunwolves and Jaguares are guaranteed their places in the three-conference system competition.

However, he backed the English champions to turn around their narrow deficit having won all four of their home Champions League games this season without even conceding a goal.

That is going to make a number of matches hard to assess and punters may wonder about the motivation of Watford at home to Swansea City and West Brom when they host Liverpool on Sunday night. As a result, I think a rested team might be put forward for this game and that will mean that the best possible performance might not be expected. It had struggled in the first leg, losing 2-1 in a match in which it was outplayed from the start and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel saved a penalty kick.

Eight Leicester City fans arrested during incidents on the day before a Champions League match against Atletico Madrid in the Spanish capital were each given four month suspended prison sentences.

"It's a tight turnaround but one that we're more than capable of".

"We're still alive, we want to stay (in the Champions League) but we know we still have a challenge ahead against a very, very good team", said Shakespeare.