Soccer: Atletico run mirrors Leicester journey - Felipe Luis

Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:02pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis sees similarities between his side's run to the Champions League semi-finals and Leicester City’s stunning march toward the English Premier League title.

Leicester are on the brink of completing a surreal journey from 5,000-1 no-hopers to English champions after Tottenham Hotspur's 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion on Monday left the Foxes needing just one win to clinch the title.

Just as Leicester have defied the odds and left big spenders like Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and United trailing in their wake, Atletico have overcome a lack of spending power compared to their Champions League rivals to reach the semis.

"Look at what is happening this year with Leicester, they are a modest team and are almost champions in the Premier League,” said Filipe Luis on Monday.

“Epic things happen in soccer. Although there's a difference in our budgets we are the team that plays most as a team.”

According to the Deloitte Money League, which ranked the world’s richest soccer teams according to revenues for the 2014-15 season, Atletico earned 187 million euros ($210.68 million).

Bayern Munich, Atletico's opponents in the semi-finals, earned 477 million euros, while the other teams in the last four -- Real Madrid and Manchester City -- earned 557 million euros 463.5 million euros.

Leicester, seven points clear at the top of the Premier League with three games left, were ranked 24th with 137 million euros and were the 12th highest English team featured in the report.

Barcelona, stunned by Atletico in the Champions League quarter-finals, received 560 million euros in 2014/15.   Continued...

Football Soccer - Espanyol v Atletico Madrid - Spanish Liga BBVA - RCDE stadium, Barcelona - 9/4/16 Atletico Madrid's Filipe Luis fights for the ball against Espanyol's Javi Lopez. REUTERS/Albert Gea