Shakespeare's play: Taming of Tigers

Leicester's caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare has challenged his side to get back-to-back wins. The dethroned Premier League champions last recorded consecutive victories in October.
Leicester's caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare has challenged his side to get back-to-back wins. The dethroned Premier League champions last recorded consecutive victories in October.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON • Leicester's interim manager Craig Shakespeare will be hoping to make it two wins in a row when Hull visit the King Power Stadium today in the English Premier League.

The 53-year-old Englishman took charge of the club after Claudio Ranieri was sacked last week and had a bright start in the Leicester hot seat, leading the Foxes to a 3-1 league win at home over Liverpool on Monday.

Leicester are 15th in the table after that win, which followed five successive league defeats for the champions that had seen them slump into the relegation zone.

Shakespeare, who had reportedly indicated that he would like to be the Leicester manager on a permanent basis, said in his pre-match conference yesterday that the Hull clash today is even bigger than the Liverpool game.

"I think it's bigger because we have to put in another (big) performance," he said.

"The players realise that the first start is getting back-to-back wins and I'm confident with the squad we have we can pull away (from the relegation zone)."

When asked if he is up to the task of taking the reins on a full-time basis, he added: "I'm comfortable with the surroundings I find myself in. I've learnt a lot about myself - my weaknesses and my strengths. As coaches we're always trying to improve.

"I'll leave (the appointment) to the powers that be. I've been told to prepare for this game."

Hull manager Marco Silva has warned his players about the challenge they face today.

"They have had a change in management and when this happens there is normally a change in the performance of the team. We need to be ready for this situation," he said.

"What we really need to focus on is our own work and to do it to our best on the pitch."

A win would take the second- bottom Tigers level on points with Leicester, and Silva added that his team needed to stay focused.

"We need to think game by game and right now we only think about Leicester on Saturday," he said.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 04, 2017, with the headline 'Shakespeare's play: Taming of Tigers'. Print Edition | Subscribe