Leicester City have been one of the worst teams in the Premier League this season and look like the worst team in the Champions League quarterfinals, but that doesn’t mean the big clubs want to face them. In fact, they desperately don’t want to get drawn against the Foxes.
First, Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon said he wanted no part of the Foxes, calling them “dangerous.”
Now, Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane also says he doesn’t want to face Leicester.
“I don’t think there will be a single coach who are hoping they face Leicester,” Zidane said. “They keep achieving what they are told they can’t achieve.
— Leicester City (@LCFC) March 15, 2017
“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 favorites. And with that pressure off them and on the other team, anything can happen.”
— Kasper Schmeichel (@kschmeichel1) March 15, 2017
Zidane has a point. They won the Premier League last season and even as they’ve slumped this season, falling into the relegation race, they’ve blown through the Champions League. They’re one of eight teams remaining, and the only team from England left in the competition.
Still, at this point, you’re talking about having to play the best of the best. Leicester may continue to do the impossible, but playing them looks a lot better than playing Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid or Borussia Dortmund. I guess, at least in the eyes of Buffon and Zidane, Leicester is also on that list.