Friday 28 April 2017

'They'll fall off their perch again' - Graeme Souness savages Leicester players after Champions League win

March 14th 2017, King Power Stadium, Leicester, England; UEFA Champions League Football 2nd Leg, Leicester City versus Seville; Leicester City players celebrate victory at the end of the match (Photo by Graham Wilson/Action Plus via Getty Images)
March 14th 2017, King Power Stadium, Leicester, England; UEFA Champions League Football 2nd Leg, Leicester City versus Seville; Leicester City players celebrate victory at the end of the match (Photo by Graham Wilson/Action Plus via Getty Images)
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Graeme Souness hit out at Leicester after they overturned their first leg deficit against Sevilla to move into the Champions League quarter-finals, questioning the players' mentality that led to the sacking of Claudio Ranieri.

The Italian was sacked after the 2-1 first leg defeat in Spain, less that a year after leading Leicester to a shock Premier League title. Speaking on TV3 last night, Souness praised the performance but was also highly critical of the attitude of some Leicester stars, saying that they got complacent after their league triumph last season.

"Some of those players, at the start of the season believed, all of a sudden, 'We're big players. We're champions.'," Souness said.

"They took their foot off the accelerator and got into their big comfy armchairs, got in their Bentley in the car park and maybe changed their house. They took their foot off the accelerator. What does the manager do then? The manager has a go at some of them. Maybe points it out to them. And then he falls out with one or two of the influential players in the dressing room and then you've got the followers in the dressing room. And all of a sudden he has fallen out with most of the dressing room.

"That's what I believed happened. Those players are rejoicing out there and thinking they're back, they're big players again. They'll fall off their perch again, guaranteed. Because they've done it once, they'll do it again. They'll let you down again."

New Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare became just the third English manager to lead a team into the last eight of the Champions League after Bobby Robson and Harry Redknapp, and Ranieri's former assistant has now presiding over three wins from three in his new role.

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