Foxes boosted by Euro form
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