Super Eagles midfielder Wilfred Ndidi believes the sacking of former manager Claudio Ranieri has shocked Leicester players into improving their performances.
Despite leading Leicester to their first ever Premier League title last season, Ranieri was sacked in February following a series of defeats.
But since the sacking of Ranieri and the appointment of Craig Shakespeare, the Foxes have experienced an upturn in form which has seen them go six points clear of the drop zone and qualify for the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League.
Ndidi who featured in the Super Eagles international friendly against Senegal on Thursday, however insisted that the sudden change in fortune for Leicester was due to the players’ will to salvage the situation.
“Nothing much has changed, only the fact that the coach was sacked and we developed a new mindset,” Ndidi told thesun.co.uk.
“Our mind is focused on winning, avoiding the same mistakes we made in the past and to keep fighting to get the necessary points.
“The new manager combines a great knowledge of the team, lessons picked up from previous matches and has his own ideas on how to set us up for the challenges we face.
“Unfortunately we couldn’t manage to do it. But I doubt there are footballers who don’t care about winning.
“Claudio had a special effect on everyone and to suddenly hear about his sacking was shocking.”