Xherdan Shaqiri is world class, says Stoke manager Paul Lambert
By Gerard Brand
Last Updated: 24/02/18 3:34pm
Paul Lambert has described Xherdan Shaqiri as "world class" after his performance in Stoke's 1-1 draw with Leicester on Saturday.
Shaqiri continued his impressive form following Lambert's arrival at Stoke with the opener at the King Power Stadium, his third goal in as many games.
And Lambert, who praised his side's overall performance as "outstanding", did not hold back in his words for the Swiss midfielder.
"I think as I've said before he's a real world class footballer, and he was unlucky with his vision in the second half," he told Sky Sports. "He makes things happen.
"Thankfully he's playing ever so well, which is great for us, but I couldn't fault the team in every department.
"I thought we were outstanding, we played ever so well. We had to weather the storm early on, and I thought we defended really strong as a team.
"We looked a threat on the counter, and performance-wise it was outstanding, and we maybe deserved to win the game, with some great chances."
Jack Butland's howler allowed Leicester to equalise with 20 minutes remaining before the England goalkeeper made two superb saves to keep Stoke level.
Lambert refused to blame Butland however, insisting he is the best in his position in Britain.
"No finger-pointing whatsoever. I think he's the best goalkeeper in Britain, I think he's fabulous at this time, and this will be the making of him. It's how he comes back from it, you pick yourself up, dust yourself down and go again.
"I think that's sign of great players, you make mistakes, it's how you come back from them. It's not his first mistake and it won't be his last mistake, but he's been huge since I've been at the football club, not just on the pitch but off it."