Shakespeare Delighted With Austria Week
Manager Craig Shakespeare has again applauded the Leicester City players for their efforts during our week out in Austria.
Speaking to lcfc.com to praise the positivity, application and competitiveness of the group out in Velden, Shakespeare explained.
'When you come to the evening session, sometimes there`s a bit of a lull, but to be fair to them, as I said, they`ve been excellent. I don`t expect anything different from the group and with most footballers. Football is about a competitive game and I think, when you`re doing a technical session, it is unopposed but most of the time in football it is opposed. It`s been very positive and thankfully the pitches have stood up which was important as well so the pitches have been good. I encourage it to be competitive.'
With Leicester now heading into the Premier League Asia Trophy warm up games, Shakespeare went on to say.
'We have a quick turnaround for Hong Kong so we have to make sure we get enough rest but it`s still pre-season and we go again. The quality of games will be a new experience. I always say, when you`re going somewhere new, try and embrace it. We`ve not been to Hong Kong and it gives us a chance to play against good quality opposition so you can`t have 90 per cent of the ball because that won`t happen. But it`ll be another new experience for us. I have seen from previous Asia Trophies that it can be very stormy. We`re in the lap of the gods with that but we`ve got the structure to the training, we know when the games are, it`s all monitored and all structured. The other bits that come, we`ll have to take when they do.'
As for our new signings and their experience out in Austria, he felt it had been beneficial on a number of levels, not least allowing them to settle into the group quickly.
'I think the whole group have made them welcome. I`m very pleased with the way they have settled in. They look, which is pleasing from my point of view, as part of the group already. You`ve not got to worry too much about them. Leo Ulloa has been a very good port of call for Vicente Iborra because obviously he speaks Spanish. Vicente`s English is okay and he will get better, I think he`s going to be a quick learner from watching him on the pitch. Harry knew a few of the boys but not great but looking at him now, you wouldn`t know he wasn`t one of our lads from last season.'