The Citizen (KZN)

Manager shrugs off loss and looks ahead to Atletico

- Liverpool

– Leicester City manager Craig Shakespear­e (right) said Sunday’s 4-2 loss at Everton, his first defeat since taking over from Claudio Ranieri, would not affect his squad as they prepare for a Champions League quarterfin­al against Atletico Madrid.

The champions had won all five Premier League games under Shakespear­e, as well as defeating Sevilla in the Champions League, but despite being 2-1 up after 10 minutes, the winning run ended at Goodison Park.

Yet Shakespear­e said he had no fears their confidence or momentum would be hampered before the first leg of their historic tie in Madrid on Wednesday.

“I don’t think so at all. The players are resilient. I have just told them we have been on a really good run and we have to start again, we have to go on another good run,” he added.

Shakespear­e made five changes at Everton and confirmed he had done so with future fixtures in mind.

“Team selection was with the games coming up in mind. We’ve got a lot coming up – Wednesday, Saturday and Tuesday – but we’ve got a good squad,” he said.

Despite going down to a Tom Davies goal in the first minute, Leicester fought back to lead 2-1 before Everton regrouped and put the game beyond them.

Shakespear­e fell one game short of equalling the record for a manager’s best start in the Premier League, the six-match landmark held jointly by Carlo Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola.

Yet he was unconcerne­d about personal milestones, being more worried about his team’s defending at corners, which cost Leicester the last two goals.

“Everton have some very good offensive players but in general it was the set plays that were the most disappoint­ing because ultimately they have won the game on two of those,” he said.

Shakespear­e confirmed that captain and central defender Wes Morgan would not be able to play in Madrid due to the back injury which kept him out of the clash at Goodison. –

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