The winning run is over for Craig Shakespeare but he will not dwell on a first defeat in charge of Leicester City, only the lessons. The interim manager was unable to equal Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti in winning his first six Premier League matches as Everton won a seventh home game in succession. Emulating the duo’s achievements in the Champions League would be ample compensation.
Leicester may have lost an important Premier League game and momentum in the lead-up to the Champions League quarter‑final first leg at Atlético Madrid on Wednesday but there was little evidence at Goodison of a side losing their way. Shakespeare rang the changes ahead of the club’s historic date in the Spanish capital but the team’s focus and counterattacking strategy remained steadfast throughout an absorbing game. There will be concern at the champions’ defending without Wes Morgan, who Shakespeare confirmed will miss the first leg with an ongoing back problem, and the lapses in concentration from his replacement Yohan Benalouane. But better to be exposed and learn at Goodison instead of the Calderón.
Source: Football News
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