Wednesday, 26 July, 2017

Leicester captain Morgan admits to dreaming of Champions League glory

Shakespeare's coaching skills were recognised with a call-up to work with the England squad earlier this season Shakespeare's coaching skills were recognised with a call-up to work with the England squad earlier this season
Spencer Simpson | 19 March, 2017, 00:24

"If the Foxes aren't careful, they could find themselves remembered as the first Champions League quarter-finalists (and, who knows, maybe further than that!) to be relegated in the same campaign". After Manuel Lanzini pulled one back directly from a free kick, Jamie Vardy restored the two-goal cushion in the 38th minute with his third goal in the three league games under Shakespeare. They've had their ups and downs and I think they've got to put right last week's game against Bournemouth.

We achieved the impossible in winning the Premier League and I'm sure no one thought we'd get this far in Champions League, so why not dream?

The winger scored the Foxes' second in their 2-0 win over Sevilla to send them into the Champions League quarter finals 3-2 on aggregate on Tuesday. We're exclusively focused on each game as it comes.

"We have to improve and we have to bounce back".

Samir Nasri was sent off after clashing with Jamie Vardy minutes before Steven N'Zonzi's penalty was saved by Schmeichel and boss Jorge Sampaoli was sent to the stands. Strikers live and die by their goals but the overall performance of forwards is vitally important.

To be fair, Slaven Bilic has been in full agreement and wants to see a positive response from a group of players somewhat stuck in mid-table limbo at the moment but has gone four games without victory and would rather not see the season fizzle out in lame fashion. They were eight points better off and had only been beaten twice at Upton Park at the same stage last season.

Whereas Craig Shakespeare's Leicester have moved three points clear of the drop zone after successive league wins over Liverpool and Hull City respectively.

West Ham have lost as many games against Leicester in their last five (4), as they did in the previous 25 combined (all comps).

The former Manchester United winger believes that there is only a handful of the world's very best players now plying their trade in the Premier League.

Just one win at the London Stadium from their last six outings continues to be a worry for the faithful and champions Leicester, brimful of confidence after a remarkable mini-turnaround in their season, could be an eyecatching price for punters at over 2/1 to take advantage of any lingering malaise.

However he is staying optimistic, and why wouldn't he after the 18 months Leicester have just had.

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

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.

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