Leicester City coach Craig Shakespeare has dismissed fears that the team will become caught up in their Champions League euphoria.
The Foxes are the only English team remaining in the competition and will face Atletico Madrid in the quarterfinals.
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However, they have been having a poor season domestically and managed their first away win of the season against West Ham last weekend.
Speaking before that match Shakespeare said, “The talk straight after the game was to improve the away record. I haven’t banned talk of the Champions League but after the game the focus has been on West Ham, which I wanted. We’re in a professional industry and the players know it’s my job, and the job of the staff, to make sure the focus is there. To a man that’s what they have concentrated on.”
He said that the team has “good memories and nice memories” from the Champions League but their sole aim is to improve domestically and try to recover some form in the few remaining games of the season.
“It’s very hard to put your finger on why [we have struggled away]. We want to move away from [the relegation zone] because it is tight down there, but we can’t look too far ahead. We’re solely focused on each game as it comes.”
He also said that the team will continue to play on the front foot, a tactic that caught Sevilla off guard and they failed to deal with the team’s intensity.
He said, “That’s what we hope. That is what is expected. We are at our best when we do that. You saw results in terms of the performances against Liverpool and Hull, and now Sevilla. The players think that’s when they are at their best so that’s what we’ll encourage them to do.”