JAMIE VARDY attempted a grand total of two passes in the Vicente Calderon Stadium on Wednesday — and neither of them was completed.
Vardy and his Leicester team-mates also failed to force a single save from Atletico Madrid keeper Jan Oblak during their 1-0 Champions League quarter-final first-leg defeat.
Football’s most famous party host had been left as Billy No Mates in solitary confinement as the Foxes dug in against last season’s finalists.
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With centre-half Robert Huth suspended for Tuesday’s return leg, Leicester must now pray for Wes Morgan to recover from injury.
Big Wes, who never played top-flight football until the age of 30 and whose limitations have often been exposed this season, is desperately needed to police Antoine Griezmann, one of the hottest properties in world football.
And that is why Leicester are still 50/1 outsiders to win the Champions League.
Optimists will point out this means the bookies believe it is 100 times more likely to happen than last season’s title triumph.
And, according to keeper Kasper Schmeichel, two words sum up Leicester’s staggering rise from the Championship to the latter stages of the Champions League — why not?
Asked if Leicester could make the last four, the Dane said: “I’ve always said ‘why not’?
“European nights are something special, especially the home nights. The crowd have really responded to them and have been fantastic.
“It’s amazing to play in them and we’re really looking forward to it.
“There’s a semi- final in the Champions League on the line so there couldn’t be a bigger incentive.
“I think everyone is very much up for the fight.”
Schmeichel, who skippered Leicester in Morgan’s absence, admitted his team’s resolve has been hardened by the injustice they felt over Griezmann’s penalty, which denied them the goalless draw they craved.
He insisted: “It really should have been 0-0. We had a game plan and — I’d better choose my words carefully here — let’s just say it was changed by external circumstances.
“We’re very disappointed such a big decision has gone the wrong way for us.
“But we’re still in the tie and that was the aim.
“I’m proud of the boys that we battled so hard out there.
“It’s a tough place, in tough conditions, against a top side.
“However we stuck to it and made sure one goal didn’t turn into two.
“We said at half-time that, yeah, we wanted to go out and win the game but we all said, ‘Right, the worst result we come away with is 1-0’.”
Leicester are England’s final Champions League contenders and the way they were outclassed by Atletico, just as they were in Sevilla in the previous round, exemplified how far Premier League clubs have fallen behind Europe’s elite — and in particular the cream of La Liga.
There is no logic to suggest that England’s champions will now progress to the semi-finals.
But it is just that Leicester do not do logic. The post-match stats sheet, which proved exactly how isolated Vardy had been, also showed Leicester had 32 per cent possession — more than you might have thought.
It was not far short of their Premier League average last season, when Claudio Ranieri’s men proved to football’s statisticians that possession is nine-tenths of the square root of nothing.
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Atletico manager Diego Simeone, who was ‘doing a Leicester’ on illustrious opponents before we even knew what ‘a Leicester’ was, was driven to distraction.
He and his henchmen were scowling and prowling in the technical area, waving imaginary yellow cards.
They bawled at Leicester’s young sports scientist, who was eventually sent to the stands for handing out energy supplements, apparently long before he could legally buy a beer.
But post-match there was a grudging admiration for Leicester — a feeling of honour among thieves.
Simeone appreciates a rearguard action. He is probably the only Argentinian who would have paid to watch Geoffrey Boycott bat.
Of course, Leicester must show more ambition to overcome their narrow deficit on Tuesday.
Dangerously, Atletico also thrive on the counter-attack.
It is difficult to imagine them not scoring the away goal which would leave Craig Shakespeare’s side requiring three.
But who would bet their house against Leicester? Certainly no one who has experienced the cacophony of noise at the King Power under lights recently.
There have been glory nights against Chelsea, Liverpool (twice), Porto, Sevilla, Manchester City and even the draw against Manchester United, when Vardy broke Ruud van Nistelrooy’s Premier League goals record for scoring in consecutive matches.
These memories make believers of us all, not least Leicester’s players.
Schmeichel added: “You couldn’t take any more belief from the first leg than we already had. We’re not lacking belief.”
It will not be logical if Leicester beat Atletico. But it certainly will not be a fluke.