Proud of my Leicester City players: Craig Shakespeare
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 20, 2017,
Apr 20, 2017, 20:13
With six games left and 18 points up for grabs - they have 37 in 12th place now - Leicester's players are targeting a finish in the top half of the table.
The Foxes were defeated in the quarter finals by Atletico, who have finished as finalists in two of the last three seasons, as the Spanish side advanced to another semi-final with a 2-1 aggregate win.
In reaching the last eight in their maiden Champions League campaign, Leicester bettered the competition debuts of Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City (since the tournament's 1992 rebrand). And they certainly looked more risky with Atletico struggling to find an outlet to relieve the pressure.
10 - matches played by Craig Shakespeare and Claudio Ranieri's men.
'If we are not in Europe next season we can fight everything to get there.
Leonardo Jardim insisted Monaco will stay true to their attacking philosophy after advancing to the semi-finals of the Champions League. It'll be the team's third semifinal in four years, hoping to make it a third final in four years, only this time with more positive results, losing to Real Madrid in 2014 and 2016.
But the beauty of this adventure is that no one will ever be able to erase the glorious memories even if it is hard to imagine Leicester being back in the Champions League any time soon. You're pitting your wits against one of the best managers and one of the best sides in the world.
Afterwards, the manager said: "I'm disappointed to go out but immensely proud of our performance tonight".
Atletico dominated possession in the early going, though it was host forward Shinji Okazaki who got the first chance of the night in the 21st minute, only to send the ball over the crossbar, reports Efe.
However, a freaky own goal from Real captain Sergio Ramos levelled things up at 3-3 overall before Bayern saw midfielder Arturo Vidal sent off late on and they went into extra time with 10 men.
"I also have to say, what a great performance from our opponents".
Antoine Griezmann's penalty gave them a 1-0 victory in the first leg at the Vicente Calderon - although the foul by Marc Albrighton appeared to be outside the penalty area.
Simeone said Atletico were never able to relax against them over the two legs.
Their battling display against Atletico, who prevailed 2-1 on aggregate after a 1-1 draw on Tuesday, won them universal praise.
"[My future] just isn't in my hands, it's in the team's hands and we'll sit down by the end of the season".
"We were definitely in the ascendancy, you could see the way we were playing".
Far more so in the second half after a tactical switch from 4-4-2 to 3-5-2 by Shakespeare, who has spent two months as the temporary replacement for Claudio Ranieri, the architect of last year's Premier League title triumph who was sacked in February.