Shakespeare: Atleti draw won't distract Foxes from drop fight

Leicester are the team to avoid- Buffon

But Shakespeare brought his players back down to earth by preventing them from watching yesterday's Champions League quarter-final draw.

But it was The Foxes' Jamie Vardy who was included in the latest England squad, announced on Thursday, alongside veteran Jermain Defoe and youngster Marcus Rashford, although he has only found the back of the net twice in his last nine Premier League appearances. Buffon is right to assert that which ever team is drawn against Leicester, should not take them lightly.

And with West Ham having picked up only two points in their last four league games, the pressure is on the home side. "We had the goalkeeper to thank for making some pivotal, crucial saves that helped us win the game".

West Ham simply could not cope with the pace and before they knew it the hosts were 2-0 down. Strikers live and die by their goals but the overall performance of forwards is vitally important. They seem to be on the ball with things and I think they'll do what they did so well last season if they come to West Ham.

But the Foxes are three points above the relegation zone and yet to win away in the league this season with Shakespeare confident they will shake off their European joy.

Back-to-back victories have been secured in the Premier League, over Liverpool and Hull City, while they are now the last British team standing in the Champions League following a memorable last 16 victory over Sevilla.

He has now guided Leicester to victory in each of his last four games since taking over from Claudio Ranieri.

Since his debut in September 2012, Andy Carroll has appeared in just 94 of West Ham's 178 Premier League matches (53%) and played just 40% of possible minutes (6472).

For now, Leicester will continue to the fly the English flag this season but face a tough task to extend their fairytale story further.

Just a couple days ago, Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho said that his midfielder Paul Pogba, the world's most expensive player, "does not give an ass" what anyone says about him. Today, speaking at his weekly news conference, Mourinho said "they don't give an S," they being the Premier League, in regards to balancing a team's workload and schedule. The talk straight after the game was to improve the away record.

Leicester's title defense has been so pitiful that it has taken until March and a trip to the Olympic Stadium to finally win an away game in the league at its 14th attempt - but only thanks to the second-half saves from goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

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