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Thursday 23 November 2017

We have to be smart to outfox Atletico - boss

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Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare and defender Christian Fuchs during yesterday's press conference. Photo: REUTERS
Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare and defender Christian Fuchs during yesterday's press conference. Photo: REUTERS

Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare has warned the Foxes against falling for Atletico Madrid's gamesmanship.

The 53-year-old has urged his side to keep their cool ahead of tonight's Champions League quarter-final second leg at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester lost last week's first leg 1-0 after Antoine Griezmann's controversial penalty but are set to welcome back captain Wes Morgan after he missed the last six games with a back injury.

Morgan watched on in Madrid with Atletico boss Diego Simeone and the hosts keen to see Jamie Vardy booked - which would have forced him out of the second leg - while sports scientist Tom Joel was sent from the dugout after the Atletico bench complained when he tried to hand out water to Marc Albrighton.

But Shakespeare wants his side to be streetwise when they try to overturn a 1-0 deficit for a place in the semi finals.

He said: "Our players have to be smart, we have to take our own house and get that in order, we can't worry about the opposition's bench - we'll let the officials take care of that.

"We have to be mindful in terms of us being smart and our game management has to be good. We have to be aware of all those things. Ultimately we have to get our own house in order.

"We will focus on ourselves but be aware of Atletico. We know what we have to do and we can't sit back for 90 minutes because we need to score.

"There are different ways and come the game we'll find out if we've found a solution."

Morgan is set to return after coming through training following his back injury, although Shakespeare will leave the call until the morning of the game.

"The final decision will be made tomorrow. I need to see if there is no reaction," he said. "He has trained the last three training sessions in which the intensity has been greater every one.

"I am pleased with how he has progressed. I would like to find out from the player how his thoughts are. But my eyes tell me this morning we both should be fairly pleased how he has come through."

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