Monchi not looking past Leicester

Sevilla sporting director Monchi insists the Spanish club respect Leicester City and will not underestimate the English champions when they meet in the UEFA Champions League.

The two teams were paired in the last 16 on Monday and are set to clash in the first leg during February.

The Foxes, who won the Premier League last season, have struggled to perform domestically this time around, but Monchi has much admiration for them and doesn't want to look past Claudio Ranieri's side.

"Leicester are champions of England, they won their group and have had fantastic, unbelievable achievements and I respect them immensely," he told Sevilla FC radio after the draw.

"I do not know if it is a good or bad draw for us, we can't think that way anyway, other clubs may have bigger names but to be at this stage you have to be really strong.

"From what I've seen Riyad Mahrez is a sensational player and is one of their stars while obviously [Claudio] Ranieri is a fantastic coach and now we have to analyse their strengths and weaknesses so we can do our best to progress.

"We are obviously very happy to be in the draw, it is what we set out to do at the start of this year and it was important after not reaching this stage for six years."