Shakespeare: 'Champions League not distraction for Leicester City'
Mar 19 2017
But Shakespeare brought his players back down to earth by preventing them from watching yesterday's Champions League quarter-final draw.
"I haven't found it a challenge so far and I can only go on what I have experienced".
But Shakespeare said: "Jamie's not a cheat".
"Still for me it was a bad decision, Claudio did very decently with them".
"We need to be competitive in every game and try to win every game".
"In all those three games, against Liverpool, against Hull and against Sevilla, they looked lively - and of course those kind of results, three wins on the spin including qualifying for the quarter-final of the Champions League, has given them a massive boost".
"We should have shut the game out but it was a great performance all round".
"We have to improve and we have to bounce back".
Jamie Vardy restored Leicester's two-goal advantage six minutes before the break after West Ham failed to clear their lines from a corner, leaving the England striker to pounce and strike home from close range for his second away goal of the season.
"Aside from Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez it is hard to think of the world-class players in the English Champions League squads this season". If other teams come here they will obviously have to be wary of that.
It was just his second goal of the season - having scored Leicester's first ever Champions League strike at Club Brugge in September - after Wes Morgan opened the scoring to put the hosts ahead on away goals.
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.
Since his debut in September 2012, Andy Carroll has appeared in just 94 of West Ham's 178 Premier League matches (53%) and played just 40% of possible minutes (6472).
The fourth-place team in the Premier League may drop into the Europa League if both Leicester and Manchester United lift silverware in Europe this season.
The Foxes have kept just one clean sheet in their last 21 away matches against West Ham (1-0 in August 2000), with Tim Flowers in goal for Leicester that day.
Kasper Schmeichel was at his very best to make a vital late save, while an terrible Ayew miss let Leicester off the hook and saw the match slip away from West Ham.
Shakespeare, who has won all three of his games in charge, is adamant that Leicester's final training session before tomorrow's game at the London Stadium will take precedence, however.