Claudio Ranieri admits his Leicester City side were a ‘little scared’ at Sevilla but praised his side’s ‘very big heart’ in ensuring they stayed in the tie.
Jamie Vardy’s away goal gave the Foxes hope for the second leg after Pablo Sarabia and Joaquin Correa gave the Andalucians a two-goal lead, with the return leg at the English champion’s King Power stadium next month.
“The first half was very tough, we were a little scared, nobody wanted to show for the ball and Kasper kept the team alive, saving the penalty and some shots,” Ranieri is quoted as saying by UEFA.com.
“The second half was much better and we believed we could do something good. When we played our football in our good moment they scored the second goal, but we didn’t give up and then we went back and scored a goal that was important for three things: it gave strength to us, Vardy goes back to scoring, and it reopens the match in the second leg.
“We know they are better than us, a very high-quality team, a lot of experience – but we have a very big heart, very big effort, we helped each other and I think we deserved this goal. I think we are still the underdogs because they have high quality but we will try to do our best – if we lose it’s because Sevilla made a fantastic performance.”