Shakespeare: I'm immensely proud

Rufina Vignone
Aprile 20, 2017

The England striker scored as the Foxes drew 1-1 with Atletico Madrid in their quarter-final second leg match at the King Power Stadium - but bowed out on aggregate after Antoine Griezmann's penalty separated the teams in the Spanish capital last week.

The Foxes exited at the quarter-finals stage 2-1 on aggregate following a 1-1 draw at the King Power Stadium after Jamie Vardy's second-half strike cancelled out Saul Niguez's early header.

Twice European champions Juve lacked the spark and power of their thrilling first-leg victory in Turin, but there was rarely any doubt they would exact revenge for their defeat to Barca in the 2015 Champions League final by reaching the semis for a 12th time.

"What we managed to do was nearly reinvent ourselves during the game". We worked hard on the physical side and in the end it turned out well, I was able to contribute in the third goal and help the team.

But Vardy insisted Leicester should be "proud" of their Champions League run.

"But I have to say what a great performance from Leicester, it was nearly a pleasure to compete against them".

Vardy told BT Sport afterwards: "We've given our all, especially in the second half". Despite having a pittance to spend compared to the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, PSG and the English giants, Simeone has consistently got results for his team.

"I hope the benefit is they want some more of it".

Shakespeare, assistant to Claudio Ranieri during last season's remarkable Premier League title triumph, has impressed since taking the top job in February.

Their Champions League escapades ended by Atletico Madrid, Leicester City return to a normality they last experienced before their fairytale Premier League title win electrified world football.

"We have got to finish the season strong and see what happens".

Against the intelligence and experience of Atletico Madrid - one of Europe's premium clubs - Leicester had gone down fighting until the bitter end.

At times Simeone appeared to want to join the action on the pitch, such were his energy levels on the touchline, gesticulating wildly and imploring his players to stand firm. "The players should be proud, but they're ultimately disappointed to go out". "The lads can be proud of themselves, they've given everything".

"I feel emotion, pride and hope after such a tough game against a team which gave us so much pleasure to compete against, a team that did not throw in the towel and kept us at arms' length", said Simeone.

However, captain Wes Morgan returned after a six-match absence due to injury to add weight to the back four. "We still need to pick up points". "I've said we'd sit down at the end of the season but I'm more than happy to do that before then if it arises".

However, knowing they needed at least two to progress, Ancelotti's men started on the front foot and were left to rue a huge opportunity just eight minutes in.

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