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Shakespeare looks forward to return leg after narrow defeat to Atletico

Shakespeare looks forward to return leg after narrow defeat to Atletico

Head coach of Leicester City, Craig Shakespeare, is less worried about their 1-0 loss at Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, as he expects a more favourable showing in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final tie at the King Power Stadium.

The only goal of the game was pulled in by Antonio Griezmann via a penalty kick in the first half, which puts the Spanish side on advantage ahead of the second leg.

Leicester fought like tigers, blocking the two Atletico strikers and limited the chances to Griezmann and Torres, and just a horrendous penalty decision by the centre referee ultimately cost them.

“I think 1-0, we would have taken that before the game. We came for an away goal but you saw how good a team Madrid are. The tie is still alive,” Shakespeare, who’s led them to the continental games only twice, said.

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On the penalty that caused them trailing, he added: “I think it is a disappointing moment, a key moment. The referee has to get that one right. You can’t guess. It is a definite free-kick but outside the box. Refs have a hard job but you want the key decisions correct.”

Leicester midfielder Andy King, speaking after the game, is also hoping that their home strenght will help them overturn the deficit and see them advance to the semis.

“To come here and still be in the game was the objective. We can take them back to ours and hopefully turn over the deficit, like the last tie (against Sevilla),” he stated.

“We know we are strong at home and I am sure we can cause them problems.”

The retun leg at the King Power Stadium will be on Tuesday, April 18, as the English side will continue in their quest of making an European triumph for the first time.

 

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