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Danny Drinkwater targets Champions League again with Leicester

20 April 2017, 06:03 | Myron Mathis

Vardy says Leicester'left it all out on the pitch after exiting Champions League to Atletico Getty Images

Vardy says Leicester'left it all out on the pitch after exiting Champions League to Atletico

"It's been a wonderful experience for everyone at Leicester and they'll remember this for the rest of their lives", said former Foxes striker Tony Cottee on Sky Sports.

The full-back was forced off early in the second half of the 1-1 draw at the King Power Stadium and scans have since revealed the extent of the problem.

"We are not in Europe next season but I believe we can fight everything next season to get there again". They should want more of this.

The draw is open, meaning Real and Atletico could be paired in an all-Spanish semifinal as the road to the final at Cardiff City's Millennium Stadium continues. Look back over the past two years and it has been a wild graph of highs and lows, from the great escape during Nigel Pearson's reign to that extraordinary Premier League title success with Claudio Ranieri.

That Barcelona was eliminated from the Champions League on Wednesday, failing to overcome a 3-0 first-leg deficit against Juventus, makes the clash even more crucial for the Catalan club.

Meanwhile, the club have confirmed that Filipe Luis, who was also taken off injured at Leicester, has "a fracture of the IV metacarpal bone of the right hand". I'm more than happy to sit down before that if it arises.

Vardy scored in vain as Leicester City's Champions League fairytale came to a valiant end.

"I've enjoyed it, pitting your wits against one of the best managers (Diego Simeone) in the world, one of the best sides in the world".

Saul Niguez's first-half header gave the visitors an away goal and put the tie out of Leicester's reach despite Jamie Vardy's second-half equaliser.

Atletico were rattled and Vardy came close to putting Leicester ahead on the night when his goal-bound shot in the 68th minute struck the back of Stefan Savic.

The game began quite evenly with both sides sharing possession and neither testing either keeper.

"But I have to say what a great performance from Leicester it was nearly a pleasure to compete against then".

It will, in short, be a busy summer and one in which they will go back to reality in many respects.

"What they have proved to themselves (against Atletico) and over the last five or six weeks is when they play their best players, they are a good team, not a team that should be fighting relegation", he said. We were living in fear all night of what they might achieve. "They pushed us all the way".

Throw a Champions League quarter-final into the mix this season, and their flirtation with relegation before a dramatic upturn in results following the promotion of Craig Shakespeare, and it is hard to place Leicester in football's pecking order.

"I'm full of emotions, full of pride for the performance of my team". But from a purely footballing point of view, we can compete.

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