Jamie Vardy: Leicester players fired up by unfair criticism

Tricia Pearson
February 28, 2017

Ranieri - it has been suggested - overcomplicated the formula this season in an effort to make Leicester less predictable but that left his players bemused and dissatisfied with what they were being asked to do. It is injury time for Ahmed Musa in Leicester City, either he can scores goals and keep himself in the game or concede more to his own peril. Having to deal with the press has been different but I've quite enjoyed it. Inside the stadium, a banner read "Grazie Claudio" while a rendition of the opera classic "Nessun Dorma" was played over the loudspeakers, stirring memories of Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli singing on the day Leicester were presented with the title. "It's not that Leicester were over-aggressive tonight, I think we were not physical enough".

The victory moves them up to 15th position, although they remain just two points clear of the relegation zone and Shakespeare knows that Monday night's performance must not be a one-off. I have said it a few times. It looked like we'd never spoken about the strength of Leicester.

The FC panel try and dig into how Leicester performed the way they did against Liverpool after poor performances all year. And six minutes before the interval, Craig Shakespeare's men found themselves two goals ahead.

The second goal of the match came five minutes before the half-time break and it was an absolute screamer from Danny Drinkwater.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has no doubts his players will be able to switch on their competitive instincts after their longest period of inactivity of the season.

Drinkwater should have put the game to bed in the 79th minute when Riyad Mahrez worked his way into the right side of the area and teed him up, but the midfielder fired over the top with the goal at his mercy.

The Reds' showdown with the Foxes finishes off the weekend's Premier League action, and promises to be an entertaining encounter. Even as it became apparent that they won't come anywhere close to retaining the title, the general hope was that the Leicester fairy-tale shouldn't end with the worst possible result in the very next season. Ultimately for Leicester, and any team that has recently been promoted, staying up is the number one priority as the financial benefits are huge compared to playing in the Championship.

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