Riyad Mahrez insists that the Leicester City players did not let former manager Claudio Ranieri down following his departure from the club last month.
Ranieri, who led the Foxes to a fairytale league title last season, was sacked after overseeing a poor campaign this term as Leicester were perilously close to the relegation zone.
The players at the club took a lot of criticism at the time of Ranieri's sacking, with most saying that they were no longer playing for the manager and they went to the club's board to ask that the Italian mentor be fired.
However, Mahrez refutes those claims and says all the criticism has only made the players stronger as the Foxes have won their last two league games and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Champions League under caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare.
Mahrez told Sky Sports: "The players and the club know we didn't let Ranieri down so whoever wants to speak can speak.
"The criticism doesn't affect us. People speak because it is their job, they have to criticise. We are here to play and to win games.
"Criticism is good for the team, it keeps us strong and then we can fight with more power.
"We didn't for six, seven months, now we have started. But that doesn't mean everything is good, we've only won three games. We need to keep going because it's not finished."