Champions League

Shakespeare hails 'immense' Leicester

2017-03-15 22:55
Craig Shakespeare (Getty)

Cape Town - New Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare hailed his side after they defeated Spanish side Sevilla 2-0 on Tuesday night to progress to the last eight of the Champions League.

Goals from skipper Wes Morgan and Marc Albrighton plus a penalty save from Kasper Schmiechel sealed a 3-2 aggregate win for the Foxes, who have been revitalised since the departure of Premier League winning coach Claudio Ranieri.

Since Ranieri was sacked, Shakespeare has won all three of his matches in charge of the Premier League champions, and the newly installed manager was full of praise for his players.

"Immense. The players can be immensely proud and the club in general, to pull off a result like this," Shakespeare told TV cameras after the game.

"We went in to be competitive but I thought we were immense. We rode our luck at times but the character the players showed was immense and there for everyone to see.

"These players enjoy pressing from the front. The idea was to try and make it as uncomfortable as we could. We set the game plan out tremendously.

"Goals change games and Wes gets the first one and puts us in the driver's seat

"[Schmeichel] is a great shot-stopper, when we needed him most he came up trumps.

"It'll be nice to pit our wits against someone else, we've just knocked out one of the best teams in Europe. Their credentials are there for everyone to see. As a club we can be immensely proud.

"The Champions League music ignites everyone and the crowd were terrific. It's only three games and somewhere along the line there might be a hiccup but I'll enjoy tonight."

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