Vardy: ‘The lads can be proud, they gave everything’

Date published: Tuesday 18th April 2017 10:16

Jamie Vardy said he and his Leicester team-mates gave everything in their unsuccessful bid to prolong the club’s Champions League campaign on Tuesday night.

The England striker scored as the Foxes drew 1-1 with Atletico Madrid in their quarter-final second leg match at the King Power Stadium – but bowed out on aggregate after Antoine Griezmann’s penalty separated the teams in the Spanish capital last week.

Vardy told BT Sport afterwards: “We’ve given our all, especially in the second half. They made a few blocks on the line which on another day would’ve gone in.

“We were definitely in the ascendancy, you could see the way we were playing. We brought Leo (Leonardo Ulloa) on to cause an aerial threat and it started paying dividends for us.

“They (Atletico) are probably used to playing teams who keep possession more, so we were going direct.

“It was just unfortunate we didn’t get the result we wanted. It wasn’t to be but at least everyone gave it their all. The lads can be proud of themselves, they’ve given everything.”

On Leicester’s Champions League adventure, Vardy added: “We knew it was going to be hard. Every game has been the same up to now. We had to concentrate on what we do best.

“The Champions League was a new experience for most of us, we definitely enjoyed it. Now we’ve got some unfinished business to stay in the Premier League.”

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Foxes boss Craig Shakespeare added on BT Sport: “In the first half we played really well but the goal changes the game plan – we knew we had to score three – so I had to make the change.

“There’s no discredit to lose to a team of that calibre.

“In terms of effort, commitment, application – as a group we were tremendous.

“The momentum was with us when Jamie scored but it just wasn’t to be.

“I think the whole club, the supporters, owners and players, can be immensely proud of what they’ve achieved.

“I’ve just said to the players ‘you should want more of this’…they’ve agreed to a man that’s what they want.”

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