Proud Shakespeare wants Leicester City to push for more Champions League football

Proud Shakespeare wants Leicester City to push for more Champions League football

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Craig Shakespeare and Leicester City are seeking more Champions League nights after their first foray into the Europe’s top competition ended on Tuesday night.

The Foxes were knocked out by Atletico Madrid 2-1 on aggregate having lost to the La Liga powerhouse 1-0 away from home and drawing 1-1 at the King Power Stadium.

Saul Niguez’s opening goal made the task all the more difficult for Leicester, who by then required three goals to overturn the deficit.

But despite the result, Shakespeare insisted the club should be proud of its efforts, but must now aim for more European nights.

“I hope the benefit is they want some more of it (Champions League football),” Shakespeare said.

“Because they’re very disappointed in there (the dressing room), but ultimately they can be proud of what they’ve achieved.

“As a football club, I think we can be proud of how we’ve conducted ourselves and how we’ve gone about it. But they should want more of this.

“Because ultimately, all players want to play at the highest level and the Champions League is the highest level.

“But we have to get back to winning ways in the Premier League now.”

Leicester sit 12th on the Premier League table, only three points away from the cherished 40-point marker.

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