Struggling Leicester must work harder says Craig Shakespeare as he prepares to ditch system that's hardly working

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Craig Shakespeare has ordered his Leicester stars to put more of a shift in.

The 2016 Premier League champions are facing another relegation battle after just one win in their first seven games.

Shakespeare’s men come out of the international break fourth-bottom — and could be above only Crystal Palace by kickoff of their Monday night match against West Brom.

The work-rate of Foxes stars when out of possession has been called into question with improvements called for.

Shakespeare has been staying on at the training ground until 9pm searching for a solution to Leicester’s form, and is preparing to ditch their usual 4-4-2 formation in an attempt to shake up their play.

Shakespeare needs a change in attitudes to go with the potential switch from 4-4-2

City have not won in the top flight since August — a 2-0 win over a Brighton playing just their second ever Premier League game — and Shakespeare said: “One of the areas recently where we have really got into the players about their work without the ball, getting it back and playing higher up the pitch.

“And I think you always have to be adaptable.

“When you change a shape, it is important you make sure they understand their roles and responsibilities. You also have to make sure you have time to work on it.

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“If you are coming up against a three-man midfield, you might match them up. Ultimately, it is what you are comfortable with as a team and what the players are comfortable with because sometimes their thoughts are important.

“It is not the be-all and end-all but, as a coach, you pick your team and shape accordingly.”

The Foxes have suffered after FIFA ruled paperwork on a £22m deal for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Adrien Silva got to them too late on deadline day.

Shakespeare took over from Claudio Ranieri in March, after the reigning champions went into freefall, and steered them to safety.

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But he has now had 25 games in charge with 11 wins and nine defeats and knows the team’s away form must improve.

City have won only two games on the road since the start of last season.

He added: “Why? It can be circumstances, or mindset, mentality, which is really important.

“We have spoken about fine margins over the last few weeks and that has been the case. We have been in every game we have lost. The idea is that eventually it will turn for us.”

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Scott Blair - UK News
By Scott Blair - UK News 11/10/2017 14:58:00