Leicester veteran says Champions League triumph the club’s greatest achievement

Leicester veteran says Champions League triumph the club’s greatest achievement


Former Leicester City striker Tony Cottee says Wednesday morning’s Champions League victory over Sevilla is the greatest achievement in the history of the club.

Needing to overton a 2-1 defeat from the first leg, goals from Wes Morgan and Marc Albrighton sealed the Foxes a spot in the quater-finals.

Although their historic Premier League title lead to the controversial downfall of Claudio Ranieri over the last 12 months, Cottee believes that reaching the last eight of the Champions League is an even more memorable result.

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“It’s been a difficult month at the club,” he said on Sky Sports’ Soccer Special.

“We all know what went on but these players to be fair to them, rightly or wrongly, these players have stood up to be counted.

“I said at the start of the night I thought this would possibly be one of the greatest nights in Leicester’s history.

“In terms of nights like this at the King Power, did they get that many games last season where there was this kind of atmosphere? Maybe a few but in the end they won the league by 10 points, so there weren’t that many one-off nights.

“In terms of a one-off night and what they’ve achieved in European football, without a doubt this is by far the greatest night in the club’s history. It was a fantastic performance.

“You read out all those big names that are left in the competition; there won’t be many of them fancying them in the draw on Friday.”

While the Foxes join the elite clubs of European football in the next stage, Cottee says that Shakespeare’s men will not have to fear the likes of Bayern Munich or Real Madrid after proving their mettle at the KP stadium.

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“I don’t think they will be that scared [of anybody]…they are almost fearless,” he added.

“I looked before the game and Sevilla have all this experience winning the Europa League and playing in the Champions League and Leicester have none at all.

“At times they are very naive in Europe and that could ultimately cost them in the end if they come up against a top, top team.

“We all accept that but on their day they’ve proved they can give any team in Europe, and I mean any team in Europe, a game.”