Shakespeare: Atleti will be a ‘massive challenge’

Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare is looking forward to the occasion of facing Atletico Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals.

The Foxes were paired with Los Rojiblancos on Friday after their thrilling win over Sevilla, and the English side will once again be the underdogs against Spanish opposition more familiar with European competition.

"Facing a team who have reached the final in two of the last three seasons is a massive challenge but it's just the kind of tie you expect in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, Shakespeare said.

"Atletico Madrid are a very good team with some fantastic individuals with experience in the competition, but we'll be ready to give everything to progress."

But with the Foxes 15th in the Premier League standings, just three points from the drop zone, Shakespeare has stressed the importance of their domestic campaign.

"It will be a brilliant occasion for our supporters and for everyone at the Club but, before the players can begin to think about these games, we have Premier League matches to come that are of huge significance to our season," he warned. "They will be our sole focus."

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