Foxes boosted by Euro form

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LONDON: 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 to­day.

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.

Such was the eu­pho­ria sur­round­ing their 2-0 vic­tory over Sevilla in the last 16, their per­ilous po­si­tion just three points above the Pre­mier League rel­e­ga­tion zone was for­got­ten, for a few hours at least.

Shake­speare also de­fended Le­ices­ter striker Jamie Vardy against al­le­ga­tions of cheat­ing from Sevilla’s Samir Nasri.

Nasri was dis­missed for a sec­ond book­able of­fence after the pair went head to head and later ac­cused Vardy of cheat­ing by ex­ag­ger­at­ing the clash.

But Shake­speare said: “Jamie’s not a cheat and never has been, never will be. I think Jamie re­sponded well to the com­ment and we have to put it to bed.

“The game has gone, the ref­eree made his de­ci­sion and we have to move on.”

Le­ices­ter have lost the ser­vices of Molla Wague, with the on-loan Udi­nese de­fender ruled out for the rest of the sea­son with a dis­lo­cated shoul­der. AFP

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