CRAIG SHAKESPEARE is trying to treat it like any other game.
A big game, a Champions League glamour game against Atletico Madrid, but another game all the same.
Shakey, thrust into the limelight after the controversial dismissal of Claudio Ranieri, has seen these Leicester lads soak up the pressure before.
This time last year everyone was waiting for them to slip up in the Premier League title race when they faced Sunderland, Swansea or Everton.
They won all three and went on to become English football’s accidental champions.
Tonight at the King Power, Shakey is convinced they can score the goals to leave the quarter-finals behind and reach the last four of the biggest club competition in European football.
Juventus or Barcelona, Bayern Munich or Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund or Monaco will be waiting for them if they make it that far.
One more game, fellas, one more game.
Shakey said: “There are no free games, but we are not here to make up the numbers – we are going to give it a right good go.
“We need fire in their bellies and cool, smart heads. I have no problem with them being over-aroused because we are more than capable of getting a result.
“I want players to enjoy playing football, to play with a smile on their faces and to express themselves.
“But I also know that when players have lost a game, they will tell you they don’t enjoy it.”
The feeling around the place is that the narrow, 1-0 defeat in the Vicente Calderon last Wednesday kept them in the tie.
That Griezmann’s dodgy first-half penalty kept the scoreline down and gives Leicester a chance of creating some more history in the second leg.
The turnaround time is short, with the 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace on Saturday sandwiched in between these two hum-dingers against Diego Simeone’s side.
For the past couple of days Shakey has been in the classroom with his players, trawling through videos to spot some of Atletico’s weaknesses.
There are not many.
Atleti won easily at the weekend, leaving Griezmann resting on the bench for a routine, 3-0 victory over Osasuna in La Liga.
Shakey added: “We have not had much time to prepare since the Palace game and a lot of our work has been in the classroom instead of out on the grass.
“But we are ready physically, mentally and tactically. Of course we have a plan in place.
“Offensively we need to create more, we have to get a goal back. We also need to be mindful of players the ilk of Griezmann. We have to deny them space because they are a very good counter-attacking team.
“We are at home, we need to be more forceful than we were, but respectful of the opposition as well.
“We also know that Atletico do not concede goals, especially in the Champions League.”
This season they have kept clean sheets against PSV Endhoven, Rostov and Bayern Munich in the group stage, along with Bayer Leverkusen and the first leg against Leicester in the knockout rounds.
It is a formidable challenge, but Shakey has no fears.
He knows that the King Power will play a part this evening, that those raucous Foxes fans will create some uncertainty among Atletico’s players.
They survived a difficult first leg in Spain, beaten by Griezmann’s penalty after Swedish referee Jonas Eriksson ruled Marc Albrighton’s challenge was inside the area.
Eriksson got that wrong. Badly wrong.
Shakey added: “There is no point in me harping on about it because everybody has to be focused for this game and the players don’t want to hear me going on about it.
“We have to get our own house in order. We have had some special nights here and let’s make it another special one.
“If we can do that, then we can let the officials take care of the rest of it.”
Atletico are stellar opposition, a notch up from the Sevilla side who wilted as the game wore on at the King Power last month.
Shakey will make a late decision on Wes Morgan, who scored the opener in the 2-0 victory against Sevilla, after his return to fitness.
The captain, the leader, the Leicester legend, must play.
Shakespeare needs his top players to perform, for Riyad Mahrez to make the magic happen once again from the right and for Jamie Vardy to sniff out the opener.
It is a night for match-winners, for the main men to come to the table to take Leicester through to the semi-finals.
Do that and he can start thinking about another Champions League game.