Leicester City's players were all smiles as they jetted off to Spain for their Champions League last-16 showdown with Sevilla on Wednesday night.
The team boarded a private aircraft at East Midlands Airport to make the flight to the south of Spain، where they will bid to resurrect their ailing season following recent setbacks in the Premier League and FA Cup.
Claudio Ranieri's side، who miraculously won the Premier League title last season، are staring relegation fully in the face as they sit a point and a place above the drop zone following a five-game losing streak.
And their miserable season got worse on Saturday when League One Millwall dumped them out of the FA Cup courtesy of a last-minute Shaun Cummings goal having earlier gone down to 10 men.
But the Champions League could yet offer some salvation، as it did earlier in the campaign when they won four of their six group matches to finish top and earn this last-16 tie with Sevilla.
Over two thousand Leicester fans will accompany the team to Spain and they will aim to remain firmly in the tie ready for the return leg at the King Power Stadium on March 14.
Manager Ranieri said after Saturday's defeat at Millwall that he requires 'soldiers and gladiators' to save their season from disaster.
After the defeat took their recent record to just one victory in eight، the Italian said: 'I want to speak again with the players and say we have to fight every match.
'I need the soldiers، I need the gladiators، because Millwall، with 10 players، showed they are fantastic gladiators.'