Jamie Vardy has joked the plunging temperatures of the east Midlands may lend Leicester an edge when Sevilla visit the King Power Stadium for Tuesday’s Champions League last-16 second leg.
The striker’s goal in the first fixture last month has given Leicester players’ hope of progressing into the quarter-finals and the mood is buoyant after back-to-back Premier League victories under Craig Shakespeare.
The 2-1 defeat in Seville was Claudio Ranieri’s final game in charge and Leicester had to dig deep to keep the score down as Jorge Sampaoli’s team produced a display of attacking verve.
But Vardy said: ‘The heat had a bit to do with it as well, they are used to play in it week in, week out. Let’s see what they’re like when it’s minus three back in Leicester.
‘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.’ Riyad Mahrez echoed that confidence.
‘The most important thing was to score there and to keep the dream awake,’ said the Algerian. ‘It is not that bad to lose 2-1. We have all the chance to qualify for the next round.’
Danny Simpson believes the intensity of Leicester’s performances in 3-1 wins over Liverpool and Hull might take Sevilla by surprise.
‘For them coming here, I think the fans will be buzzing and well up for it,’ he said. ‘If we can put the effort in like against Liverpool and Hull again then I’m not sure Sevilla are used to that. That away goal gives us a great chance to progress. We know how tough it’s going to be.’