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Leicester 1-1 Atletico: Reaction from Craig Shakespeare

27 April 2017, 03:43 | Myron Mathis

Their battling display against Atletico, who prevailed 2-1 on aggregate after a 1-1 draw on Tuesday, won them universal praise.

Leading 1-0 from the first leg, Saul Niguez's header left the champions needing three to progress.

The Foxes saw their dream run in the competition come to an end at the hands of Atletico Madrid this evening, drawing 1-1 in the second leg to succumb to a 2-1 aggregate defeat.

Speaking after the game, the Argentine boss said: "I'm full of emotions, full of pride for the performance of my team".

"But I have to say what a great performance from Leicester it was nearly a pleasure to compete against then".

Atletico looked like they could pick Leicester off at will as they kept the ball and nearly killed the tie with Griezmann's exceptional work rate underpinning their performance.

"Atletico Madrid are a big force in Europe and we pushed them all the way".

"Shakespeare's changes were fantastic and after their goal they attacked us much more".

"I've said before I'm not looking that far ahead, be careful not to get carried away, we have to concentrate on points in the Premier League and climbing up the league".

No wonder the fans didn't want to leave. "They should want more of this, all players want to play at the highest level, which the Champions League is".

"I hope the benefit is that they want more of it", he said. It was his second ever Champions League goal.

Atletico were now content to start counting down the minutes but Leicester refused to accept their journey was nearly over. The enchanting exploits they produced on the field, will live on.

But Atletico took the lead in the 26th minute after Filipe Luis curled a delicious deep cross which Niquez Saul connected with and headed past goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

Leicester's already hard task now took on Everest-like proportions as they were required to score three goals against a mean defence, who had leaked only four so far in the competition. We brought Leo (Leonardo Ulloa) on to cause an aerial threat and it started paying dividends for us.

Shortly after Griezmann's electrifying run nearly brought a second for the Spaniards, Leicester got their lifeline. "He encroached on Oblak's area, faced up Savic and was the protagonist in two Vardy chances that came to nothing".

Suddenly something extraordinary looked possible.

England's last Champions League representatives went out with a fight exactly eight years to the day since Leicester began its dazzling ascent by clinching the third-tier title, with the exhausted players collapsing the turf at the final whistle after pressing with grit and directness.

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