Published: Tue, March 14, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

Craig Shakespeare: 'Champions League tie with Sevilla is special occasion'

Craig Shakespeare: 'Champions League tie with Sevilla is special occasion'

Claudio Ranieri's former No2 was put in charge in the wake of the Italian's sacking and has convinced the club's owners he is the right man to steer the club to safety after wins again Liverpool and Hull City. The match is an important one for the Blues with the team fighting for relegation in the Premier League and needing a confidence boost to propel them this season.

Shakespeare joined Leicester as assistant to then manager Nigel Pearson in 2008, spending a season with Hull City in 2010/11 before the Srivaddhanaprabha family brought him back to the club as part of Pearson's reappointment in 2011.

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy celebrates scoring his side's third goal goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Leicester and Liverpool, at the King Power Stadium, in Leicester, England, Monday Feb. 27, 2017.

"Let's see what they're like when it's minus three back in Leicester", said Vardy before Shakespeare's appointment.

Sevilla 's 1-0 victory at Dinamo Zagreb on October 18 is their only away win in the competition.

However, it is also a chance for Sampaoli's own five-time Europa League champions to move closer to their long-cherished goal of proving they are good enough to annex a rather more significant continental trophy.

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"We've seen that they are a very hard team to beat at home", Sevilla's French defender Adil Rami said in Monday's news conference.

Sevilla have not lost in their last eight games in all competitions but have not looked to be at their best of late.

"It might be down to the change, it might be down to the players finally understanding that something needs to happen and we might have forced it". That is not saying we are going to be open, because we know Seville have got some world-class players, but it makes for an interesting game.

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Adriana Garcia is a Valencia-based football writer who covers La Liga for ESPN FC.

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