Shakespeare: 'Champions League not distraction for Leicester City'


"It was a poor performance, so I think West Ham will be fired up".

"They were not happy in the dressing room". "They all have their own strengths but we have our strengths as well".

"From our point of view, now we have a game against Leicester, we have to bounce back and we are ready for that". I think Jamie responded well to the comment and we have to put it to bed. "When it came to game day he stepped up to the mark and made a decent save".

On Vardy's return to form: "Tell me a forward who hasn't gone through that spell". When you've got someone like that behind you, you've always got a chance to win. It's not hard - there are good memories and nice memories but that's what they are.

Our David John writes. it starts to get a bit tricky for a football team and the management staff when owners weigh in with public opinions on the outcome of a game but David Sullivan was not happy after the Hammers flopped last week in a late loss at Bournemouth. You can play and the opponent can beat you, but we were not there.

England would then have five teams in the Champions League next season, with United going into the play-off round and Leicester qualifying for the group stages.

But their sudden transformation under Craig Shakespeare raises many questions.

"Look, that's what I'm there to do, that's my job".

"We have to give West Ham credit".

Such was the euphoria surrounding their 2-0 victory over Sevilla in the last 16, their perilous position just three points above the Premier League relegation zone was forgotten, for a few hours at least.

West Ham soon got themselves a lifeline through a fine Manuel Lanzini free-kick, though Leicester re-established a two-goal lead late in the first half through Jamie Vardy.

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Leicester's "belief, energy and confidence" has returned under the new manager, continues Cross, who says: "Those who staggered around before like drunks at kicking out time now stand tall again", but also laments their role in Ranieri's downfall.

Leicester are unbeaten in five matches in all competitions against West Ham, winning four and drawing one.

It was a thrilling finale with West Ham looking most likely to score the next goal and they nearly did in stoppage time but for an outstanding save from Schmeichel, who somehow denied a Carroll shot from only a few yards out.

"It seems the very best players are concentrated elsewhere, and there is just a sprinkling of the leading players in the Premier League sides".

However, Leicester haven't scored the first goal in any of their 13 Premier League away games this season - the only side not to do this.

Leicester have won all three of their matches under Shakespeare by a two-goal margin but are winless in their last 15 Premier League games on the road, failing to even score in the last four.