Revival brightens Shakespeare's Leicester future

Leicester caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare saw his players completely dominate Hull on Saturday (March 4) with a performance akin to last season's title-winning form.
Leicester caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare saw his players completely dominate Hull on Saturday (March 4) with a performance akin to last season's title-winning form. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON • Leicester caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare will have to wait until the end of this week to discuss his future, despite overseeing successive victories since the sacking of former manager Claudio Ranieri last month.

Having beaten Liverpool 3-1 on Monday, Shakespeare saw his players completely dominate Hull with a performance akin to last season's title-winning form, with another impressive 3-1 victory on Saturday.

The manner of victories and the response of Leicester's players will surely stand him in good stead at a noticeably more optimistic King Power Stadium.

"I am comfortable. I have been kept informed. I am told we will have a chat at the end of next week," Shakespeare told the BBC. "We know the last 11 games will have twists and turns, we need to take care of ourselves."

Leicester conceded first, against the run of play, but roared back with goals from Christian Fuchs, Riyad Mahrez and Tom Huddlestone's own goal.

Leicester's plight this season has been highlighted by the poor form of star players Jamie Vardy and Mahrez but the dynamic attacking duo have begun to display the form that spearheaded their remarkable title triumph.

Vardy scored a brace against Liverpool and was a constant menace against Hull, while Mahrez added Leicester's second goal on Saturday in what was a vastly improved performance from last season's player of the year.

"Riyad Mahrez has been frustrated with himself," Shakespeare said. "We told him to go out there and be himself. It is the Mahrez of old with the goal he scored.

"Results gives players confidence. Back-to-back wins will give confidence for the last 11 games of the season."

Leicester sit 15th, five points above the relegation zone.

REUTERS, THE GUARDIAN

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 06, 2017, with the headline 'Revival brightens Shakespeare's Leicester future'. Print Edition | Subscribe