Craig Shakespeare

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Yeah, I've read [Srivaddhanaprabha's] programme notes. We'll sit down, there's no given time. It is the end of the season and yes I'll wait for that. Of course they've made decisions for the future and good of the club, and I'll sit down and wait for them discussions. Yeah, I've just seen it and had a look at it. It's very hard to see in real time, I'll give the linesman that, but I think he's level.feedback
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May 21 2017
Craig Shakespeare has most recently been quoted in an article called Guardiola hails referee Madley for disallowing Mahrez penalty. Craig Shakespeare said, “To the letter of the law it's a double touch, but he could bring it back for an encroachment from Manchester City so there's a bit of injustice. It's bad luck from our point of view. Two City players were in the penalty box. Once he makes the play of the ball, he becomes active. It should have been offside. He's really trying to block Christian [Fuchs] too.”. Craig Shakespeare has been quoted a grand total of 140 times in 53 articles.
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We know we're coming up against a very talented outfit with some special players. The Emirates in my opinion is a very special stadium as well. We go there full of confidence in terms of the run we've been on, but we know it's a tough game.feedback

I'm not sure how many points it will take and the weekend proved that. Teams are capable of winning games and putting points on the board.feedback

Thankfully he chose us and I don't think it [the Arsenal interest] was the reason for the slow start because he wasn't the only one.feedback

We have to make sure we look after our own club. You are not sure what's round the corner.feedback

Their history speaks for itself. Finalists in two of the last three years and we knew what type of challenge to expect. After the first leg we felt we were in the tie and we had a right go but ultimately we've just failed at the last hurdle. I think they have been unfortunate in the last few years and we can see the quality they have in both games. They'll be tough opponents in the semi-finals but I don't see any reason why they cannot win it.feedback

I'm not looking too far ahead, I think you've got to be careful you don't get too carried away in football. We have to concentrate on points in the Premier League and climbing the table. The here and now is the important thing and Arsenal a week tomorrow is the next game.feedback

I can understand why the public would perceive that but hopefully I have allayed those fears [and conveyed] that it was pure speculation. There is no foundation to it. We know there's going to be some terrific teams [in the quarter-finals], as there were in the previous round. We're in there on merit. Make no mistake about that.feedback

We are disappointed to go out, but I'm immensely proud of the team and I thought we ran an excellent team close and gave them a really good shot at it. The players can be immensely proud of their performance but ultimately they are very disappointed to go out. [My future] is not in my hands, it's in the club's hands and we'll sit down at the end of the season. I'll sit down before then if it arises but my contract is to the end of the season. I've enjoyed it and I've enjoyed the Champions League and pitting my wits against one of the best managers and sides in the world.feedback

The final decision will be made tomorrow. We want to make sure there is no reaction to today's training. He has trained the last three training sessions in which the intensity has been greater [in] 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. We're in the tie and it's only 1-0. We need to make sure that we create more, but we also need to be mindful of their players. Come tomorrow night we'll be ready both physically and mentally.feedback

With the individual ability of their wingers, Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend, our full-backs will have to work hard to keep them quiet.feedback

Their upturn in form doesn't surprise me. Having seen Sam work at close quarters I know how diligently he looks at the opposition.feedback

Wes Morgan trained yesterday, but not fully with the squad. He won't play against Palace and is 50/50 for Atletico Madrid.feedback

We changed it, we had to sacrifice one of the forwards and put Wilfred deep in a 4-5-1. In the first half Griezmann was getting in between the lines, getting in the pockets and causing us problems. This is one of the best teams in Europe and we've given a good account of ourselves. We know what we're about at the King Power Stadium and we know what we've got to do. It's disappointing, it's a key moment in the game. The referee has to get that one right, you can't guess on those things. The referee has a hard job but it's the key decisions that you want correct.feedback

It's a good break [by Atletico] and we spoke about that beforehand, but we'd like a chance to defend the free-kick instead of defending the penalty.feedback

I've just told him in there when we get back to the hotel he's putting his kit on and going in the gym to do a session.feedback

We know we have to be more open because we need a goal but we also know that one of Atlético's pluses is their ability on the counter-attack.feedback

The referee has a hard job. We know that. But it's the key decisions that you want correct. We've got so much technology available to us now that I find it strange we can't be offering help to officials with video evidence.feedback

It was a major decision. I told him he got the decision wrong. We're talking about a Champions League quarter-final. This major decision could cost us the game. We want to stay in the competition, but we know we still have a challenge ahead against a very good team. We know it's still going to be a very difficult return match. We have a very good record at the King Power, our fans enjoy these Champions League nights. We have to make sure that we create more chances, we have to make sure that we attack a bit more than we did tonight. We're aware of what we've got to do in the second leg.feedback

I'm aware of it, I haven't seen anything and until the club makes a statement, I think it's best if I stick to the football.feedback

It wasn't a penalty. It was a free-kick. It's a really disappointing decision by the referee. He has to get that one right. You can't guess on those ones.feedback

It's a blow to lose Robert. We had a few on yellows and we knew it was a tightrope. Wes has been out on the grass for the last few days and we hope he will be all right. But honestly, it is touch and go and we'll have to look at team shape over the next few days.feedback

He won't be ready for Wednesday. Once he got injured there was no timeframe but it gives others a chance. It gives opportunities to other people. People have come in and done well. It didn't seem there were any other problems. Atletico Madrid are a very good team with some fantastic individuals with experience in the competition, but we'll be ready to give everything to progress. It will be a brilliant occasion for our supporters and for everyone at the club.feedback

Facing a team who have reached the final in two of the last three seasons is a massive challenge but it's just the kind of tie you expect in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.feedback

There's no chance [of Morgan playing]. He's here and he travelled with the team, but he'll take no part in the game. Wilfred is fine. He trained partly yesterday and he'll take part in the whole session today [Tuesday]. Hopefully he'll come through that okay, which is what we're expecting.feedback

Free speech is there for everybody. I don't have any problem with that. I have a clear conscience. Claudio was in good humour. He came across exactly as I know him.feedback

We are very well disciplined as a team, but yes, the players will be reminded about their responsibilities and not to get any stupid cards for things like encroaching. It is something we will talk about with the players. Playing in the Champions League has been a new experience for us but we have enjoyed it. We are there to compete and not make the numbers up. These players have earned their opportunity and we intend to keep that going on Wednesday night.feedback

I am quite comfortable with my own conscience, so I can't do anything about that. Free speech is there for anybody, I don't have a problem with it. [After he left] I spoke to him and he thanked me for my time. I thanked him and there has never been any falling out. It's football and I am glad to see that he is enjoying his football again. My stance is still the same. We never had a falling out. I haven't seen the interview live, but I think I have answered the question.feedback

We are very well disciplined as a team, but yes, the players will be reminded about their responsibilities and not to get any stupid cards for things like encroaching. Game management is always important, never more so than in Europe, with where the game momentum might go. You have to be prepared for the 'what ifs', but we will be ready for that. I think it is a huge compliment to be compared to Atletico. Their team ethic is one of their strengths, like ours, so I take it as a compliment.feedback

This time, with Leicester we won the title and the fans, with me, in my heart. I want to thank all the fans.feedback

Leicester will be in my heart for all of my life because I won something in Europe, but never the title. Three times I was runner-up.feedback

The idea is to start out and make sure you are competitive and you know the opposition's strengths and weaknesses. We know it is a difficult task against Everton but we know the players will be ready and up for it. I think it is more a case of what the team has done for Jamie - and I think he would be the first to appreciate that. Confidence in strikers is there for everyone to see. He is in a rich vein of form and we need that to continue. We need to keep supplying him.feedback

Of course, the idea is to win. But if you can't win you make sure you don't lose. I think it would mean more getting the three points rather than records. It is nice and they come with the territory of the games, but more importantly it is about the three points for us as a team. And if we cant manage to get the win then we make sure we don't lose. It would be nice to keep the momentum going with another win. I couldn't have wished for a better start.feedback

The team selection was with the games coming up in mind. We play Wednesday, Saturday and Tuesday. We have a good squad and players who have had to be patient. We wanted to be competitive and win the game and the selection was to get three points, but it was more about squad rotation. Once he got injured there was no timeframe but it gives others a chance. It gives opportunities to other people. People have come in and done well. It didn't seem there were any other problems.feedback

It would be a lot to ask him to come back for a game of that magnitude [against Atleti].feedback

I would want him to do a few training sessions first and, at the moment, that looks highly unlikely.feedback

We can do nothing about speculation. It is a credit to him, in terms of the way he has performed, but also the way he is. He is a very good professional, very mature head on his shoulders. Of course, there can always be bids, we can always turn them down. But football is football, you'll always get bids for good players. It is vitally important we keep our young players. Speaking to Wilfred, he is very happy here.feedback

He knows that we have given him the opportunity and I am sure that he will be a player here for a long, long time.feedback

Our job is to support players. Sometimes they do have self-doubt and Jamie would be the first to admit he was going through a rough patch. Myself, Nigel [Pearson] and Steve [Walsh] were here to support him. All we did was told him about his attributes and that we thought he could go on. We even mentioned then about not only playing in the Premier League but also he had the attributes to play for the national team. We told him we wanted him and believed in him. Thankfully he didn't go to Ibiza. I think he has made the right decision!feedback

[Player recruitment] is a big issue at any club and I think it would be remiss of me not to take an interest in it. How much of an influence I can have you will have to ask the club but I have a real interest.feedback

I am quite comfortable about that. There is no clause, nothing, only that it is until the end of the season. We have a head of recruitment and a recruitment department. I speak to them regularly because I'm interested in it.feedback

We have to give West Ham credit. They threw everything at us in the second half and Kasper had to make some special saves again. My heart was in my mouth at times. On the outside you try to keep and collected to keep the players focused. I am intensely proud of the results we have got. We have important league games before the Champions League game with Atletico Madrid. We needed something from today [Saturday], heading in to the international break - we can recharge the batteries now.feedback

It will be memorable for everyone at the football club. We might just be the surprise team.feedback

It'll be nice to pit our wits against someone else, we've just knocked out one of the best teams in Europe. Their credentials are there for everyone to see. As a club we can be immensely proud.feedback

The Champions League music ignites everyone and the crowd were terrific. It's only three games and somewhere along the line there might be a hiccup but I'll enjoy tonight.feedback

He has a knock on his knee. So, he is struggling. I hope he will be fit for weekend but he will miss tomorrow. I'm expecting the team to take the momentum from the last two results, take the confidence, and really play off the front foot.feedback

It hurt. We didn't want this. But we see the club as the first priority. It's here for 133 years, so we try our best to keep it going. I don't think this will drag the club down.feedback

Against one of the best teams in Europe we needed to keep cool heads but also show that competitive edge, so the plan was to press high and make it as uncomfortable as possible for Sevilla.feedback

When we needed Kasper the most he came up trumps. We deserve to be in the quarter-finals, we have just knocked out one of the best teams in Europe in my opinion. I think it has to stand right up there with all of our achievements because of the quality of the opposition. We know there will be some terrific teams in the last eight, as there were in the previous round, but we're in there on merit – we might just be the surprise team.feedback

We are not going to be open but I want to play on the front foot. Hopefully I will stay calm so the players are not overemotional, but of course I will be excited. We have not spoken since. We will probably be in contact in the future – I have no problem with that.feedback

Why not? We are in it. We have to try and be competitive every game. There is a great opportunity for us [against Sevilla] and we will give it our best shot. We have to compete for the 90 minutes or extra time. We have practiced penalties and we try to leave no stone unturned. By the way the penalties were good. We knew by getting the away goal it gave us a great opportunity. We give ourselves a great chance. It makes it very interesting. It will be a special occasion and the atmosphere will be electric.feedback

We've got to put wins on the board to climb the table. We will try to win tomorrow in the #UCL . It's always all about results.feedback

I haven't really had an opportunity to think about Sevilla yet. The remit was first Liverpool and then Hull. I've made sure that I've asked the players just to focus on a game at a time and I need to do that as well. I'm quite a calm person at times. I've tried to be measured in the things I've done because I think it's important for players to see that. They also need to see a bit of passion as well. But I didn't feel under pressure.feedback

I have said before that, do I think I'm capable of it? Yes. Does it faze me? No.feedback

But I think it is the powers-that-be, the owners, who decide and do their job, it is their diligence to look. I am sure they will do that.feedback

(Ndidi) is young and we don't want to put too much pressure on him. He's a humble boy and reminds a lot of Kante with his personality, . [The] first goal was always going to be crucial and what a goal it was. Ndidi has done that before. He's got that in his locker.feedback

Nice to get the 4th straight @premierleague win, everyone deserves credit. Been tough games, but a pleasure to be involved.feedback

I think it's looking better, definitely. But, again, we have to make sure that we're ready for Sunderland on Tuesday.feedback

To be mentioned in the same breath as them is unbelievable. I would take great pride in that if it happens but the rewards are secondary in terms of the team and the bigger picture. I would be stupid to say otherwise but it was one I thought the players were capable of. It has been very pleasing for not just me but the players, the staff, the owners and supporters – but we are not safe yet. I am quite open to whenever they want to [hold discussions]. It is stated that the manager's contract is to the end of the season. I don't see any reason to speak before that unless the club want to.feedback

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