Opposition View: Atletico Madrid
- Diego Simeone's men have reached the UEFA Champions League Final two of the last three years
- City "need to return from Madrid with a positive result" to have a chance of reaching the final four
- Daly highlights
City travel to the Vicente Calderón on Wednesday night (7.45pm kick-off) having in the Last-16 but Diego Simeone’s men, who have reached two European Cup finals in the last three seasons, are likely to pose an even greater threat to their chances of progressing.
Speaking to LCFC Radio ahead of the trip to Spain this week, Daly provided an assessment of Atlético’s European pedigree: “It is certainly a step up in class in terms of Leicester’s opposition in the next round. Atlético are a side who have reached the Final two times in the last three seasons.
“The team is largely unchanged from the side who reached the Final last year and lost narrowly on penalties to their great rivals, Real Madrid, so, without a doubt, this is Leicester’s biggest European challenge to date. They are out of the title race and 10 points behind Real Madrid having played one game less.
“But they’ve jumped ahead of Sevilla who have collapsed a little domestically since losing to Leicester in the Last-16. But Atlético are in good form and they did well to get themselves a late equaliser in the derby against Real Madrid at the Bernabéu with Antoine Griezmann scoring his 14th goal of the season.
“Unlike against Sevilla, if Leicester lose by any margin in Madrid it will be very difficult to turn it around. Atlético will take any kind of win because their greatest strength is their defensive capabilities. They have the best goalkeeper in Spain this year in Jan Oblak so Leicester will have to grind it out in Madrid.
Discussing the hosts' main threats, Daly added: "Griezmann
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