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Buffon wants to avoid Leicester in draw

dpa logodpa 14/03/2017

With Barcelona and Real Madrid still in the Champions League draw, Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon wants to avoid Leicester City in the next round.

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has named outsiders Leicester City as the team he wants to avoid when the Champions League quarter-final draw is made on Friday.

Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are among the sides already in the last eight, yet it was the debutants and English Premier League champions who worry the 38-year-old goalkeeper the most.

"Who do I prefer not to play? Leicester, because they are a dangerous and passionate team who can cause trouble for opponents who take the initiative," said Buffon after his team beat Porto 1-0 to compete a 3-0 aggregate win.

"Against them, we would have everything to lose."

Leicester reached the last eight with a 2-0 victory over Sevilla to go through 3-2 on aggregate.

Forward Paulo Dybala, who scored Juve's goal with a penalty, said he would like a re-match with Barcelona in the showpiece match if the Serie A side get to the final again.

"With the squad we've got, we can't think about not getting to the final," said the Argentine. "I'd pick Barcelona to repay the bill from two years ago," he added, referring to Juve's 3-1 defeat.

City fought off a determined Sevilla to record a 2-0 home victory for a 3-2 aggregate win.

Leicester captain Wes Morgan bundled home Riyad Mahrez's free-kick at the back post in the 27th minute to send the Foxes ahead, before Mark Albrighton stunned the visitors by adding the second with a crisp left-foot strike from the edge of the box in the 54th minute, against the run of play.

Samir Nasri was sent off for a headbutt on Jamie Vardy, with both players receiving a yellow card for the incident before Kasper Schmeichel upended Vitolo in the area and then saved Steven N'Zonzi's weak penalty.

Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli was sent to the stands for complaining in the closing stages of a game that his team dominated - in terms of possession.

"Incredible. I can't quite believe it," Morgan, the first Jamaican to scored a goal in the competition's history, said.

" We are newcomers in the Champions League, didn't expect to get this far and here we are."

Asked if it was one of the greatest night's in the club's history, Morgan replied: "It must be, I'm not sure if it will happen again but we did it.

"We proved a lot of people wrong and pulled off the impossible again.

"We will take whoever comes. It is a fantastic night for Leicester.

"We still need to concentrate on the league but we will enjoy this moment."

Sevilla skipper Vicente Iborra said they had a chance to equalise but didn't take it and paid the price.

"We have to lift ourselves up, work hard and show that we are a team that deserves respect, if this team has been together in the good times we have to be together in the bad ones too."

On Thursday (AEDT), Manchester City travel to Monaco with a 5-3 first-leg lead while Atletico Madrid host Bayer Leverkusen with a 4-2 advantage as they bid to join Leicester, Juventus, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich in the last eight.

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