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Shakespeare proud of history-making Leicester

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 00:41

Craig Shakespeare hails ''memorable'' Leicester City performance, after the Foxes stun Sevilla to progress to the last-eight of the Champions League.

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RESENDING WITH FULL SCRIPT SHOWS: LEICESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (MARCH 14, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LEICESTER CITY MANAGER, CRAIG SHAKESPEARE, SAYING: "I think it will be memorable for everyone at the football club, myself included. But I think the supporters, who got behind us from the first minute, especially the players who I thought we outstanding tonight, but everyone associated with the football club can be proud of that performance tonight." 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LEICESTER CITY MANAGER, CRAIG SHAKESPEARE, SAYING: "Of course, we spoke before. Claudia (Ranieri) will always be fondly remembered by everyone at this football club for what he achieved and what helped us achieve as a football club. Of course, the performance in the first leg, when Claudia was in charge, that gave us the springboard for the result tonight." STORY: From heroes to zeros and back again, Leicester City's remarkable rollercoater ride took another twist as a superb 2-0 victory over Sevilla put them in the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Tuesday (March 14). Down 2-1 from the first leg last month in Spain -- when they were also careering towards relegation -- Leicester rolled back the clock to last season's Premier League title heist as goals by skipper Wes Morgan and Marc Albrighton put them in the last eight in their first crack at Europe's elite competition. Europa League aristocrats Sevilla's dream of a first appearance in the Champions League quarter-finals turned sour as Samir Nasri was sent off shortly before Steven N'Zonzi's 80th-minute penalty was saved by Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel. The Dane, whose father and former Champions League winner Peter was watching inside a pumped up King Power Stadium, also saved a penalty in the first leg in which a dominant Sevilla could have won by a landslide. "I think it will be memorable for everyone at the football club, myself included. But I think the supporters, who got behind us from the first minute, especially the players who I thought we outstanding tonight, but everyone associated with the football club can be proud of that performance tonight," said boss Craig Shakespeare after the match. Shakespeare, who has now won his three matches in charge since taking over from last year's hero Ranieri, praised the Italians role in the historic win. Leicester have now won all three matches since Ranieri, the man who led them to the Premier league title last May, paid the price for a woeful run of form that had the Foxes careering towards the ignominy of relegation as champions. They are still just three points above the drop zone but with Ranieri's former assistant Shakespeare confirmed in full-time charge, they can look forward to a potential clash with the likes of Barcelona or Real Madrid.

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Shakespeare proud of history-making Leicester

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 00:41