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Leicester happy to set own expectations despite their £53.8m transfer deficit | Stuart James

Pressure was on City this time last year but expectations have been lowered despite them having Premier League’s third highest net spend this summer

It was the final question of the press conference, framed around the fact the Premier League is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and for Craig Shakespeare it was hard to suppress a smile as he contemplated whether Leicester City could be crowned champions again during the next quarter of a century. “Why not?” he said. “Everyone has to have that belief.”

Speaking in a room decorated with the headlines and back pages that greeted Leicester’s extraordinary triumph 15 months ago, Shakespeare talked about a rollercoaster ride as he reflected on the highs and lows of the past few years and, at the same time, tried to gaze into the future. “Who knows?” said the 53-year-old with a chuckle when asked what was in store for his team this season after a great escape, Premier League title and qualification for the last eight of the Champions League during the past three seasons.

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