Zinedine Zidane hoping to avoid Leicester


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Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane admits he does not want to be drawn against Leicester in the Champions League quarter-finals.

The Foxes booked their place in the last eight after coming from behind to beat Sevilla 3-2 on aggregate in the first knockout round.

Craig Shakespeare’s men are the only English team left in the competition and Real boss Zidane is keen for his side to avoid the reigning Premier League champions when the draw is made on Friday.

“I don’t think there will be a single coach who is hoping they face Leicester,” said Zidane. “They keep achieving what they are told they can’t achieve.

“Many thought they wouldn’t hold on to their lead at the top of the Premier League – and they did. Many thought they could not turnaround the defeat against Sevilla – and they did.”

Zidane believes Leicester will be the underdogs whoever they face in the last eight and thinks it will put added pressure on their opponents.

The Frenchman added: “Whatever club Leicester face, they [Leicester] won’t be favourites. And with that pressure off them and on the other team, anything can happen.”

Defending champions Real booked their place in the last eight by securing home and away victories against Napoli and they are priced at 6.00 to successfully defend their title.

Leicester are 29.00 to claim overall glory in this season’s Champions League.

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