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Foxes out to give big guns Atletico Madrid a real run for their money

By Robert Jones

Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare is looking forward to the "massive challenge" of facing Atletico Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

The Foxes' progress on their debut in Europe's elite club competition has gone some way to rivalling the shock value of their Premier League triumph.

After toppling Spanish title challengers Sevilla in the last 16, Leicester will now take on a team who have reached two of the last three Champions League finals.

Shakespeare said: "Facing a team who have reached the final in two of the last three seasons is a massive challenge but it's just the kind of tie you expect in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

"Atletico Madrid are a very good team with some fantastic individuals with experience in the competition, but we'll be ready to give everything to progress."

Tuesday's 2-0 win over Sevilla, which gave Leicester a 3-2 aggregate victory, made it three wins in a row since Shakespeare replaced his former boss Claudio Ranieri.

But Shakespeare insisted his side will not take their eye off their Premier League relegation fight in the meantime, starting with today's trip to London to face West Ham. The Foxes are just three points clear of the relegation zone.

He said: "It will be a brilliant occasion for our supporters and for everyone at the club but, before the players can begin to think about these games, we have Premier League matches to come that are of huge significance to our season. They will be our sole focus."

The Foxes, England's sole representatives in the competition following the exit of Manchester City and Arsenal, will play in the Spanish capital on April 12, with the second match taking place six days later.

The one encouraging factor for Leicester is Atletico have not been quite as strong in La Liga this season and sit fourth, five points behind Sevilla.

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