Vardy relieved Leicester were not battered by Sevilla

Vardy relieved Leicester were not battered by Sevilla

Jamie Vardy admits he was relieved Leicester avoided being “battered” at Sevilla and now wants to make the Spaniards pay on Tuesday.

Vardy scored his first goal in 10 games last month as Leicester grabbed a vital late away goal in their Champions League last 16 tie.

The 2-1 loss, in which Kasper Schmeichel saved a penalty and the hosts also hit the woodwork twice, wasn’t enough to spare under-pressure Claudio Ranieri from the sack.

But the Premier League champions have since been revitalised under caretaker Craig Shakespeare, who is set to be confirmed on Monday in the role until the end of the season.

Shakespeare has inspired struggling Leicester clear of the relegation zone with successive 3-1 wins over Liverpool and Hull.

The squad last week returned from an enjoyable four-day bonding trip to Dubai to help finally integrate their new signings.

And now England hitman Vardy is fired up to help the Foxes into the Champions League last eight.

Vardy, who scored twice against Liverpool, said: “We just wanted to go to Sevilla and make sure we were still in the tie.

“The last thing you want is to get battered when you’re away first and then there’s nothing to play for in the second leg.

“We’re definitely still in it, we’ll look forward to the next leg and hopefully we can get through.

“The heat had a bit to do with it as well in Sevilla, they are used to play in it week in week out.

“Let’s see what they’re like when it’s minus three back in Leicester!”

Sevilla, who are third in Spain’s La Liga, travel to Leicester off the back of a 1-1 home draw with Leganes on Saturday.

But Leicester’s PFA player of the year Riyad Mahrez is undaunted after getting among the goals himself with a fine individual effort against Hull.

Mahrez said: “The most important thing was to score there and to keep the dream awake. It is not that bad to lose there 2-1.

“We have all the chance to qualify for the next round.

“To score away it is never easy and we know the away goal in the Champions League is very important.

“We did score so we have all the chance to go through in the next game at home.”

Leicester have won successive Premier League games to climb out of the drop zone since Ranieri was sacked.

But defender Danny Simpson admits City have still had an eye on this tie with a place in quarter-finals up for grabs.

Simpson admitted: “I think it’s on everyone’s minds. For them coming here, I think the fans will be buzzing and well up for it.

“If we can put the effort in like that again then I’m not sure Sevilla are used to that.

“That away goal gives us a great chance to progress but we know how tough it’s going to be.”

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