Craig Shakespeare targets Champions League return after fairytale ends

Craig Shakespeare targets Champions League return after fairytale ends

The forward is being heavily linked with a move to Manchester United but he'll be busy concentrating on trying to win the Champions League with Atleti first.

"The team did what we needed to do to go through".

"This season has been more downs than ups, but I feel we've turned it around and we're coming good". Look back over the past two years and it has been a wild graph of highs and lows, from the great escape during Nigel Pearson's reign to that extraordinary Premier League title success with Claudio Ranieri.

Leicester face a significant summer transfer market with the potential for established European clubs to target a number of key players including Kasper Schmeichel, Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy.

With Leicester 12th in the Premier League it may be some time before they rub shoulders with Europe's elite again, but Shakespeare said that would now be the objective.

Atletico have now reached their third semi-final in four years but boss Simeone admitted the Rojiblancos survived a major scare. "It is satisfying now to say we are a competitive outfit".

"It has been an incredible journey", Morgan said.

"We have to be proud of ourselves, we gave our all", said captain Wes Morgan, who returned for a month-long absence. We're proud of what we've done. "There are plenty of games to go and we want to finish on a high".

"We have to focus on our jobs, but the feeling is there", he added.

Danny Drinkwater was another to insist the hangover from Europe must not be allowed to linger and instead their improbable run to the quarter-finals used instead to fuel the next campaign.

13 - points total as they finished top of Group G.

Vardy scored in vain as Leicester City's Champions League fairytale came to a valiant end. They are among the best four in Europe.

"Now we've had a taste of it, we want more", said Drinkwater.

"There was nothing for us to be scared of".

"We're a squad that believes we can do things some people probably didn't think we were capable of".

Asked what it will take for Atletico to finally win the tournament, Simeone replied: "We're just going to keep trying and trying and trying and trying". The European adventure is over and their supporters have just a few more weeks to sing "Champions of England, we know what we are".

Manager Craig Shakespeare spoke afterwards of the desire of his players to experience more such nights. The former coach has a contract until June but has been given no assurances regarding his future.

Shakespeare rung the changes at half time.

"It is only what we expected when he did take over".

Real become the first team to reach the semi-finals in seven consecutive seasons and are aiming to become the first team to retain the trophy. "They need to be a mid-table team with the players they've got".

Shortly after Griezmann nearly brought a second for the Spaniards, Leicester got their lifeline.



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