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Shakespeare planning ahead after Leicester’s wild ride

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Leicester return home to the King Power Stadium to face Watford on Saturday with their Premier League future effectively secure and thoughts already turning to a crucial close-season.

The Premier League champions this week had to hand back the trophy they won a year ago and Foxes manager Craig Shakespeare is urging his players to finally put their fairytale title success behind them.

Shakespeare planning ahead after Leicester’s wild ride

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Leicester return home to the King Power Stadium to face Watford on Saturday with their Premier League future effectively secure and thoughts already turning to a crucial close-season.

The Premier League champions this week had to hand back the trophy they won a year ago and Foxes manager Craig Shakespeare is urging his players to finally put their fairytale title success behind them.

Shakespeare sees more acts in Leicester season

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West Bromwich (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Craig Shakespeare insisted Leicester City’s season is not at an end despite the champions reaching 40 points and so all but avoiding relegation from the Premier League.

Jamie Vardy’s goal secured a 1-0 win for the Foxes at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday that took them to 40 points - usually the benchmark tally for avoiding the drop from English football’s top flight.

Vardy strikes to haul Leicester to safety

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West Bromwich (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jamie Vardy scored the goal that effectively ensured Leicester City would remain in the Premier League as the outgoing champions won 1-0 away to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

England striker Vardy’s first-half goal, his third in as many seasons at The Hawthorns, gave the Foxes their first win in four league games and took them to 40 points, a total widely regarded as enough to avoid relegation in most seasons.

Balance key to outfoxing Atletico Madrid: Leicester’s Shakespeare

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Leicester City must strike the right emotional and tactical balance if they are to make more history against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, manager Craig Shakespeare said on Monday.

Exactly eight years on from a 2-0 win at Southend United that saw Leicester promoted from the third tier, England’s miracle club are one victory away from a place in the Champions League semi-finals.

Balance key to outfoxing Atletico Madrid: Leicester’s Shakespeare

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Leicester City must strike the right emotional and tactical balance if they are to make more history against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, manager Craig Shakespeare said on Monday.

Exactly eight years on from a 2-0 win at Southend United that saw Leicester promoted from the third tier, England’s miracle club are one victory away from a place in the Champions League semi-finals.

Shakespeare hopes Morgan will be fit for Atletico clash

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London (AFP) – Craig Shakespeare is hopeful talismanic defender Wes Morgan will be fit to return for Leicester City’s Champions League quarter-final second leg against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

Morgan, the Leicester captain and centre-back, has been sidelined with a back injury since mid-March and was again missing from the squad that drew 2-2 at Crystal Palace.

Shakespeare hopes Morgan will be fit for Atletico clash

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London (AFP) – Craig Shakespeare is hopeful talismanic defender Wes Morgan will be fit to return for Leicester City’s Champions League quarter-final second leg against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday.

Morgan, the Leicester captain and centre-back, has been sidelined with a back injury since mid-March and was again missing from the squad that drew 2-2 at Crystal Palace.

Everton’s Lukaku halts Leicester revival

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Liverpool (AFP) – Romelu Lukaku scored twice for Everton in a 4-2 victory on Sunday as Craig Shakespeare suffered defeat for the first time since becoming Leicester City manager.

Shakespeare had won all of his first six matches in charge, five of them in the Premier League, since replacing the sacked Claudio Ranieri in February.

Shakespeare weighs up rest for Leicester stars

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare has an unexpected and, in some ways, welcome problem ahead of Sunday’s Premier League match away to Everton.

Having taken over in late February with the reigning champions sliding towards relegation, Shakespeare finds himself five league games and five wins later pondering the possibility of resting players at Goodison Park to protect them for a huge occasion next week.

Shakespeare weighs up rest for Leicester stars

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare has an unexpected and, in some ways, welcome problem ahead of Sunday’s Premier League match away to Everton.

Having taken over in late February with the reigning champions sliding towards relegation, Shakespeare finds himself five league games and five wins later pondering the possibility of resting players at Goodison Park to protect them for a huge occasion next week.

Shakespeare warns Leicester to beware sting in tale

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Craig Shakespeare refused to declare Leicester’s survival battle won despite leading his team into the top half of the Premier League table.

Shakespeare’s team moved to 10th place after a 2-0 victory against Sunderland on Tuesday that left beleaguered Black Cats boss David Moyes looking doomed to relegation.

Leicester heap more misery on Moyes

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Leicester City moved within touching distance of Premier League safety and piled more misery on Sunderland manager David Moyes with a 2-0 victory over the strugglers on Tuesday.

Craig Shakespeare now has five wins in five games as Leicester manager after substitute Islam Slimani and England striker Jamie Vardy struck in the second half.

Leicester heap more misery on Moyes

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Leicester City moved within touching distance of Premier League safety and piled more misery on Sunderland manager David Moyes with a 2-0 victory over the strugglers on Tuesday.

Craig Shakespeare now has five wins in five games as Leicester manager after substitute Islam Slimani and England striker Jamie Vardy struck in the second half.

Leicester won’t ‘man mark’ Defoe

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London (AFP) – Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare has no plans to detail a defender solely to mark striker Jermain Defoe when the champions face strugglers Sunderland.

Basement club Sunderland continue their increasingly forlorn struggle against Premier League relegation at Leicester’s King Power Stadium on Tuesday, with the Black Cats currently eight points adrift of safety.

Leicester won’t ‘man mark’ Defoe

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London (AFP) – Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare has no plans to detail a defender solely to mark striker Jermain Defoe when the champions face strugglers Sunderland.

Basement club Sunderland continue their increasingly forlorn struggle against Premier League relegation at Leicester’s King Power Stadium on Tuesday, with the Black Cats currently eight points adrift of safety.

Shakespeare fairytale continues as Foxes beat Stoke

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Craig Shakespeare became the first Englishman to win his first four matches as a Premier League manager after reigning champions Leicester City moved closer to top-flight survival with a 2-0 victory at home to Stoke City on Saturday.

Victory saw Shakespeare join some of football’s most high-profile coaches - Portugal’s Jose Mourinho, Italy’s Carlo Ancelotti, the Netherlands’ Guus Hiddink and Spain’s Pep Guardiola - in an exclusive club.

Shakespeare fairytale continues as Foxes beat Stoke

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Craig Shakespeare became the first Englishman to win his first four matches as a Premier League manager after reigning champions Leicester City moved closer to top-flight survival with a 2-0 victory at home to Stoke City on Saturday.

Victory saw Shakespeare join some of football’s most high-profile coaches - Portugal’s Jose Mourinho, Italy’s Carlo Ancelotti, the Netherlands’ Guus Hiddink and Spain’s Pep Guardiola - in an exclusive club.

Leicester sink West Ham to prolong Shakespeare surge

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London (AFP) – Leicester City made it four wins from four under new manager Craig Shakespeare as the Premier League champions squeaked home 3-2 at West Ham United on Saturday.

The win added to domestic home victories over Liverpool and Hull City plus Tuesday’s Champions League success over Sevilla, which set up a last-eight assignment with Atletico Madrid.

Stage set for ‘classic’ as Real draw Bayern

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Holders Real Madrid will face Bayern Munich and a reunion with “master” Carlo Ancelotti after Zinedine Zidane got his wish and avoided Leicester City in Friday’s Champions League quarter-final draw.

Leicester will play Atletico Madrid - “a massive challenge,” said Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare - and the Italian and Spanish champions clash with Juventus drawing the miracle men of Barcelona.

Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare backs Euro stars to stay up

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London (AFP) – Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare is confident his Champions League heroes will be able to win their battle for Premier League survival.

Shakespeare’s side enjoyed a memorable 2-0 victory over Sevilla in the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday as the English champions extended their impressive run in the competition.

Euro stars Leicester look to boost survival bid

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London (AFP) – Leicester will feed off the momentum from their dramatic Champions League victory over Sevilla as they return to the battle for Premier League survival at West Ham on Saturday.

After overseeing Premier League victories over Liverpool and Hull following the shock sacking of Claudio Ranieri, Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare led the Foxes into the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday as their campaign of wildly contrasting fortunes continued.

Leicester boss defends Vardy over Nasri cheat claim

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London (AFP) – Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare has rubbished Samir Nasri’s claim that Jamie Vardy cheated to get him sent off during the English champions’ dramatic Champions League win over Sevilla.

Referee Daniele Orsato gave Nasri a second yellow card after he and England striker Vardy butted heads on Tuesday, and Leicester went on to secure a 2-0 victory and a place in the quarter-finals.

Leicester boss defends Vardy over Nasri cheat claim

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London (AFP) – Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare has rubbished Samir Nasri’s claim that Jamie Vardy cheated to get him sent off during the English champions’ dramatic Champions League win over Sevilla.

Referee Daniele Orsato gave Nasri a second yellow card after he and England striker Vardy butted heads on Tuesday, and Leicester went on to secure a 2-0 victory and a place in the quarter-finals.

Leicester’s Shakespeare eyes Champions League surprise

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare believes his team could become the Champions League’s surprise package after they eliminated Sevilla to reach the quarter-finals.

Toiling domestically and beaten 2-1 in the first leg of the last 16 tie, Leicester roared back to win 2-0 in Tuesday’s return leg, sending them into Friday’s last-eight draw.

Schmeichel thwarts Sevilla as Leicester rekindle fairytale

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Kasper Schmeichel pulled off a dramatic late penalty save as Leicester City sank Sevilla 2-0 on Tuesday to reach the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time.

Trailing 2-1 from the first leg, after which Claudio Ranieri was sacked as manager, Leicester scored through Wes Morgan and Marc Albrighton before Schmeichel repelled Steven N’Zonzi’s spot-kick.

Schmeichel thwarts Sevilla as Leicester rekindle fairytale

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Kasper Schmeichel pulled off a dramatic late penalty save as Leicester City sank Sevilla 2-0 on Tuesday to reach the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time.

Trailing 2-1 from the first leg, after which Claudio Ranieri was sacked as manager, Leicester scored through Wes Morgan and Marc Albrighton before Schmeichel repelled Steven N’Zonzi’s spot-kick.

Leicester boss Shakespeare insists no Ranieri grudge as Sevilla loom

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Craig Shakespeare said there were “no grudges” between him and Claudio Ranieri after he succeeded the Italian as Leicester City manager as Tuesday’s Champions League last 16 second leg at home to Sevilla loomed.

Ranieri was sacked last month, nine months on from Leicester’s fairytale Premier League title triumph, after the club slid towards the relegation zone.

Leicester boss Shakespeare insists no Ranieri grudge as Sevilla loom

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Craig Shakespeare said there were “no grudges” between him and Claudio Ranieri after he succeeded the Italian as Leicester City manager as Tuesday’s Champions League last 16 second leg at home to Sevilla loomed.

Ranieri was sacked last month, nine months on from Leicester’s fairytale Premier League title triumph, after the club slid towards the relegation zone.

Sevilla’s Sampaoli pained by Ranieri sacking

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli was upset by Leicester City’s decision to sack manager Claudio Ranieri following the first Champions League encounter between the teams, he said on Monday.

Leicester lost 2-1 at Sevilla’s Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium in the first leg of the last 16 tie three weeks ago and Ranieri was sacked following their return to England.

No Ranieri grudge, says new Leicester man Shakespeare

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Craig Shakespeare said Monday there were “no grudges” between him and Claudio Ranieri after he succeeded the Italian as Leicester City manager.

Ranieri was sacked last month, nine months on from Leicester’s fairytale Premier League title triumph, after the club slid towards the relegation zone.

No Ranieri grudge, says new Leicester man Shakespeare

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Craig Shakespeare said Monday there were “no grudges” between him and Claudio Ranieri after he succeeded the Italian as Leicester City manager.

Ranieri was sacked last month, nine months on from Leicester’s fairytale Premier League title triumph, after the club slid towards the relegation zone.

Leicester City boss Shakespeare insists no Ranieri grudge

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Craig Shakespeare said there were “no grudges” between himself and Claudio Ranieri on Monday after he succeeded the Italian as Leicester City manager.

Ranieri was sacked last month, nine months on from Leicester’s fairytale Premier League title triumph, after the club slid towards the relegation zone.

Shakespeare pens new act in Leicester fairytale

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London (AFP) – A relative unknown on the global football scene just weeks ago, Craig Shakespeare now stands poised to steer Leicester City into the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

The jocular coach was promoted from his role as assistant manager following Claudio Ranieri’s shock dismissal last month, which he said left him feeling like a “pantomime villain”.

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Leicester City: Peter Schmeichel Shares Slightly Awkward Greeting With Kasper Schmeichel On ‘Bring Your Father To Work Day’

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Not really needing any extra-curricular distractions to deal with, Leicester City spent themorning limbering up for Tuesday evening's big Champions League quarter-final second legger against Atletico Madrid.

Helpful then, that BT Sports had Peter Schmeichel in attendance to oversee his son Kasper and the rest of the Foxes going through their paces.

Leicester City: Jamie Vardy Seriously Considered Quitting Football Entirely To Become Party Rep In Ibiza

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"£25 gets you entry, two free shots and an hour in the ice bar..."

Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare has revealed that not so very long ago he had to talk Jamie Vardy out of quitting football entirely.

After finishing as top goalscorer in the Conference Premier whenFleetwood won promotion into the Football League in 2011/12, the Foxes (then of the Championship) took a gamble on signing Vardy, though he initially struggled with the step up and managed a paltry five goals in 29 appearances over the course of 2012/13.

Leicester start beyond wildest dreams: manager Shakespeare

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare admitted even he was surprised after inspiring the champions to the brink of Premier League safety.

Four straight wins for the managerial novice in the league combined with a historic victory in the Champions League have restored smiles and confidence at the King Power Stadium in a remarkable transformation following the sacking of Claudio Ranieri.

Leicester start beyond wildest dreams: manager Shakespeare

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare admitted even he was surprised after inspiring the champions to the brink of Premier League safety.

Four straight wins for the managerial novice in the league combined with a historic victory in the Champions League have restored smiles and confidence at the King Power Stadium in a remarkable transformation following the sacking of Claudio Ranieri.

Champions League: Leicester Fans Unfurl Huge Banner Of Craig Shakespeare Riding A Rottweiler (Photo)

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Claudio who? Leicester City fans saluted theirnew hero ahead of last night's Champions League second-legger against Sevilla with an enormous banner unfurled in the stand behind the goal at the King Power Stadium.

It depicted Ranieri's replacement, Craig Shakespeare, fully suited and riding into battleon the back of a giant rottweiler.

Champions League: The Fairytale Continues As Leicester Beat Sevilla To Claim Place In Quarter-Finals (Photos & Videos)

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The fairytale continues for Leicester City after the Premier League champions overturned a first-leg 2-1deficit to beat Sevilla 2-0 at the King Power Stadium and book their place in the last eight of the Champions League.

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Claudio Ranieri was sacked after the first-leg defeat in Spain but under new boss Craig Shakespeare, the Foxes have been revitalised.