Shakespeare: Leicester capable of more Champions League surprises

Shakespeare: Leicester capable of more Champions League surprises


Craig Shakespeare believes Leicester City could send more shocks through the Champions League after a 2-0 triumph in their second leg meeting with Sevilla on Wendesday morning.

Goals from Wes Morgan and Marc Albrighton saw the Foxes progress past the round of 16, winning the tie 3-2 on aggregate.

Although Leicester will join the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals, Shakespeare and his players are already riding high on confidence after defeating the La Liga side.

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“We might just be the surprise team…we know there’s going to be some terrific teams, as there were in the previous round,” he said after the match.

“We have to be delighted with the performance and knocking Sevilla out. Their record in Europe is there for everyone to see. We’re in there on merit. Make no mistake about that.”

The result continues Shakespeare’s perfect record since his appointment as manager of the club, who have rediscovered the form that took them to the Premier League title in 2015-16.

“It was very, very important to get on a winning streak…when you lose, players will lose confidence,” he said.

“We needed to get back to winning ways as soon as possible.

While he did give credit to the departed Claudio Ranieri for guiding the team in the first leg, Shakespeare claims that making the Champions League’s final eight is just as memorable.

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“Claudio will always been fondly remembered by everyone at this football club for what he achieved and helped us achieve,” he added.

“The performance in the first leg, when Claudio was in charge, that gave us the springboard for the result tonight.

“It has to stand up there with all the achievements, because of the quality of the opposition.

“It is only over two legs and when you win the league it’s over a lot more games.”