Leicester striker Jamie Vardy eyes Champions League progress


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Leicester striker Jamie Vardy says he and his team-mates are convinced they can continue their European adventure ahead of the visit of Sevilla on Tuesday.

The Spanish outfit and Europa League champions hold a 2-1 lead after victory in the first leg at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan and the Foxes are arguably lucky to still be in the tie as Sevilla missed from the penalty spot.

Vardy’s goal in Spain has given Leicester a lifeline going into the return fixture at the King Power Stadium and the England international feels the Premier League champions have a real chance of progress ahead of Sevilla’s visit.

“It didn’t feel that open [in the first leg]. The heat had a bit to do with it as well, they are used to playing in it week in, week out.

Let’s see what they’re like when it’s minus three back in Leicester,” he told reporters.

“At the end of the day we just wanted to go there 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.”

Leicester appointed Craig Shakespeare as manager until the end of the season on Sunday, with former boss Claudio Ranieri overseeing the first leg against Sevilla in his final match in charge.

The English champions are 11.00 to win 1-0, which would be enough to progress thanks to the away goals rule, and Vardy is 7.50 to score first.

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