4 Things We Learned From Leicester's Hard-Fought Draw Against Atletico Madrid

Leicester City's fantastic European adventure is over after Tuesday night's 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid at the King Power Stadium. The English champions lost 1-2 on aggregate over the two legs but much was to be made of their performances over the 180 minutes. 


They were unlucky to concede a dubious penalty in Spain in the first game, converted by Antoine Griezmann, but Craig Shakespeare's heroes' ran the La Liga giants close on their home turf. 


Here's four things we learned over the tie... 

4. Antoine Griezmann's Penalty Proved Vital

As rash as the challenge was on Antoine Griezmann, the ref got it all wrong when he adjudged Marc Albrighton to have fouled the French superstar in the box at the Vicente Calderon last week. 


It was clearly a yard outside the box but the decision went in the way of the La Liga giants, giving them a vital 1-0 first-leg advantage.  

3. Leicester Have Served English Football Well

Despite Leicester's poor form domestically, they thrived when presented with Champions League football. They qualified with considerable ease at the group stages before getting the better of Sevilla in the second-round. 


Historically, English teams have struggled in recent years in Europe but Leicester have restored some pride.  

2. Diego Simeone Admitted Leicester Had Him Scared

The Argentine was perhaps unsure of Leicester qualities prior to the tie, but he'll certainly be happy his side edged past them after Tuesday's draw. 


For large parts of the game, the Premier League champions had the better of the Spaniards and Simeone was rightfully concerned. 

1. Leicester City Can Be Eternally Proud

Leicester Boss Craig Shakespeare said after the 1-1 draw that the whole of Leicester football club can be immensely proud of their achievements. 


There's no denying the Foxes gave it their all over the two games but unfortunately, it just wasn't to be. 


It will likely be a long time before the Premier League champions return to such lofty heights. Nonetheless, this experience is one to saviour. 


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