Five Sevilla players Leicester City must stop if they are to make the Champions League quarter-finalsPublished February 22, 2017
Leicester City face an uphill task when they head to Spain to play Sevilla in the Champions League last-16 first leg on Wednesday evening.
Unlike the Foxes, who have struggled to replicate their title winning form of 2015/16 for large swathes of the season, the La Liga outfit have impressed in their homeland under new head coach Jorge Sampaoli.
The influence of the Chilean has been profound, with the Andalusians currently sat in third place domestically- ahead of the likes of Atletico Madrid and Athletic Club.
Here are five Sevilla stars Leicester must get to grips with over the two-leg tie if they are to stand any chance of progressing.
A powerful wide man that has forced his way into the Spain starting lineup over the past 12 months, Vitolo functions as the talisman of this current Sevilla side.
The 27-year-old has been struggling for fitness in recent weeks, but unfortunately for Leicester, did manage to return in the 2-0 win over Eibar at the weekend.
A key part in the fast transitions used by Sampaoli’s men, Vitolo could well give Danny Simpson the run-around if he’s on song at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
Franco Vazquez, Midfielder
Creative midfielder Vazquez signed for the Rojiblancos from Palermo over the summer and has quickly established himself as a key cog in Sampaoli’s system.
Brave on the ball and blessed with a sweet left-foot, the full Italian international is likely to punish the Foxes if they allow him too much space in the centre of the park.
Has four goals and three assists to his name so far this season.
Samir Nasri, Forward
Another close season addition, ex-Manchester City playmaker Nasri has been revitalised since arriving in the south of Spain.
Now in far better shape physically than he was at the Etihad, the Frenchman is the creative hub for the Andalusians and makes them tick in the final third.
Stevan Jovetic, Forward
Also formely of Manchester City, Jovetic made an instant impact upon signing on loan from Inter in January.
He scored the winner in a recent game against Real Madrid and is now first-choice striker in a team also containing strikers of the calibre of Wissam Ben Yedder and Luciano Vietto.
Steven N’Zonzi, Midfielder
Vastly improved from his time in the Premier League with Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City, midfield enforcer N’Zonzi has excelled to such an extent in recent years that he is now considered one of the best in his position in La Liga.
Regularly found breaking up play and striding forward with the ball, the Frenchman has also started to add goals to his game over the past six months and has three already this time around from his shielding role in front of the back five.