Published: Sun, April 16, 2017
Sport | By Stephen Hansen

Leicester manager blames poor refereeing for Atletico loss

Leicester manager blames poor refereeing for Atletico loss

Shakespeare's side head to Selhurst Park on Saturday still licking their wounds after Antoine Griezmann's controversial penalty gave Atletico Madrid a 1-0 victory in the Champions League quarter-final first leg on Wednesday.

"You are talking about a Champions League quarter-final".

Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare said he had to tinker with his team's set-up to shackle the unsafe forward, who Simeone has given the license to roam.

"We need to focus on the game this weekend and make sure we don't get wrapped up in all the talk of us being safe, because we are not".

"When you look at the end of 2016, from January 2016 to Sunderland, to trying to plot a way to make Sunderland coming better, to trying to buy more players for them, to the Euros coming around".

"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", he added.

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Albrighton also admitted he would welcome video replays in the Champions League to avoid mistakes after Eriksson's blunder.

Leicester were without captain Wes Morgan due to a back injury and his return to health will be even more important for the second leg as Robert Huth will be suspended after being booked for chopping down Griezmann.

They will fancy their chances of overturning the deficit when they host Atletico in the second leg next Tuesday.

Fernando Torres slipped as the goal beckoned in the second half but, that chance apart, Atletico struggled to carve out clear-cut openings against a stubborn Leicester defence.

"There isn't a clause because his deal was done in the Bournemouth corridor by me after we had won 2-0, and Steve (Parish, Palace's chairman) finishing the negotiation over the phone to try and secure Mama", said Allardyce, 62. "It was a definite foul but it was outside the box". "If we play our game, I'm certain that we will be able to advance".

Leicester failed to register a single shot on goal.

"We're still alive, we want to stay (in the Champions League) but we know we still have a challenge ahead against a very, very good team", said Shakespeare. "We know it is going to be a hard return match but we have a very good record at the King Power", Shakespeare asserted.

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