Drinkwater: Leicester squad believed we could win Champions League

Posted April 20, 2017

Danny Simpson says there will be no complaints from any of the Leicester players if Craig Shakespeare stays on as manager beyond this season.

Leicester Citys Ben Chilwell vies for the ball with Atletico Madrids Fernando Torres (right) during the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal second leg at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, on Tuesday.

Not when Saul Niguez put Atletico 1-0 up in the first half and Leicester had to score three to achieve its dream.

"The whole club, from the supporters to the players to the owners can be immensely proud, but I've just said to the players that they should want more of this and they've agreed that that's what they want".

"As a football club, I think we can be proud of how we've conducted ourselves and how we've gone about it".

At times Simeone appeared to want to join the action on the pitch, such were his energy levels on the touchline, gesticulating wildly and imploring his players to stand firm.

After a tempestuous campaign, an unlikely Champions League victory was Leicester's only route into next term's competition, but Shakespeare has told his trailblazing side to hold lofty future ambitions.

"I wanted to make life hard for every team we played", said Simeone, who has been in charge since 2011.

"I've said before I'm not looking that far ahead, be careful not to get carried away, we have to concentrate on points in the Premier League and climbing up the league". We weren't in there just to take part. That was a new experience for a lot of the lads and we have given it our all.

Atletico went into the game with an away goal advantage while Leicester were determined to bounce back from the controversial penalty that gave their Spanish opponents the upper hand. "I've said we'd sit down at the end of the season but I'm more than happy to do that before then if it arises".

On more than one occasion, both domestically and in Europe, Leicester have shown that anything is possible and Drinkwater revealed the squad felt they were capable of going all the way in the Champions League.

"We are not in Europe next season but I believe we can fight everything next season to get there again".

A closely-contested game saw Atleti control the opening stages, before Leicester came out fighting in the second half, ultimately enjoying more of the ball and nearly twice as many shots on goal as the visitors. But it was not enough to surprise one of the world's best defensive teams.

And even in defeat over two legs to this battle-hardened Atletico Madrid side - twice losing finalists in recent seasons - the Foxes can be proud of another monumental effort that just came up short.