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Sep 22

Leicester City v Liverpool: match preview

Liverpool visit Leicester City for the second time this week, after losing 2-0 in the Carabao Cup, and Jürgen Klopp has the task of arresting a poor run of two draws and two defeats with 10 goals conceded in all competitions. Craig Shakespeare is likely plotting a classic counter-attacking display from his side, to prey on their opponents frailties, and to record a third successive win against Liverpool for the first time since 1963. Graham Searles

Kick-off Saturday 5.30pm

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Sep 19

Leicester 2-0 Liverpool, Bristol City 2-0 Stoke and more: Carabao Cup – as it happened

A remarkable night of Carabao Cup action saw several people whose name is or sounds like Sako play football at the same time

10.34pm BST

And with that news, I’m off. It’s been, in its way, actually quite exciting. Bye!

10.33pm BST

Final score in the shoot-out: Burnley 3-5 Leeds United! Dallas shoots to his left, Pope dives to his left, and Leeds United are through!

10.32pm BST

Burnley 3-4 Leeds United! Alioski’s penalty is an absolute cracker, flying right into the top corner!

10.31pm BST

MISS! Burnley 3-3 Leeds United! Tarkowski’s shot is low, his shot is hard, and his shot hits Lonergan and bounces clear! We have our first miss!

10.31pm BST

Burnley 3-3 Leeds United! The keeper goes the right way, but Brady’s penalty is too good!

10.30pm BST

Burnley 2-3 Leeds United! Klich’s penalty is ice-cool, casually passed to his right as the keeper goes left!

10.30pm BST

Burnley 2-2 Leeds United! Hernández, who scored Leeds’s penalty in normal time, sends his effort just inside the right-hand post!

10.29pm BST

Burnley 2-1 Leeds United! Barnes sidefoots to his right, with Pope diving the wrong way.

10.29pm BST

Wood scores from the spot! Burnley 1-1 Leeds United Chris Wood slams the ball straight down the middle, and into the roof of the net!

10.28pm BST

It’s in! Burnley 0-1 Leeds United Smashed hard into the left corner. Pope goes the right way but gets nowhere near.

10.27pm BST

Penalties are about to get under way, and Lasogga is going to take the first for Leeds.

10.25pm BST

There’s some unhappiness among the Leeds ranks at Burnley, where the police appear to have requested that the shoot-out take place at the home end.

10.23pm BST

Final score: Burnley 2-2 Leeds United

So this tie will be decided by penalty kicks.

10.21pm BST

Final score: Wolves 1-0 Bristol Rovers

Bright Enobakhare wins the game, and the best-first-name-of-the-night award.

It’s all over at Molineux. Bright Enobakhare’s strike in extra time is enough for Wolves who progress to the next round of the @Carabao_Cup.

10.19pm BST

Final score: Bournemouth 1-0 Brighton

It’s all over at the Vitality, and Bournemouth are through.

Full time: AFC Bournemouth 1-0 @OfficialBHAFC.

A Joshua King strike in extra-time puts the Cherries into the hat. ✅

10.16pm BST

David Hytner has spent his evening at Wembley:

Related: Tottenham thankful for Dele Alli’s winner to see off Barnsley

10.15pm BST

And Wolves still lead Bristol Rovers 1-0, where the visitors’ Tom Lockyer has been sent off for a professional foul.

10.15pm BST

In Bournemouth they’re into added time at the end of extra time, and the Cherries remain a goal to the good.

10.13pm BST

Another update from Burnley-focused JR: “A possible source of controversy at Burnley would be referee Darren Bond pulling six added minutes out of his pants (it should not have been more than four) and then Brady equalising in the 96th minute,” he writes. “But what a free kick that was. Love Brady. Anyway, if nuclear armageddon arrives before I contact you again at least we had Sako/Sakho/Sacko day.”

10.12pm BST

@Simon_Burnton so there’s Sacko, Sakho for Palace, Sakho for West Ham as well as Sako!! Is this the new Smith (or Smythe)?

Tonight has been unusually Sakful. There are, it seems, only two top-level footballing Sakhos in world football, and just one Sako (though Yuya Osako plays for Köln, Abdoulaye Sissako for Auxerre and Vajebah Sakor for Gothenburg). There’s only one renowned Sacko, unless you count Falaye Sacko of Vitória Guimarães. In short, every single noteworthy Sacko/Sakho/Sako in world football has been in Carabao Cup action tonight.

10.06pm BST

The three extra-time matches continue, and are all in the second half. Wolves and Bournemouth lead 1-0, while Burnley and Leeds remain tied at 2-2, and are presumably saving themselves for a ludicrously manic last two minutes.

9.57pm BST

Finally (for now), Jacob Steinberg witnessed West Ham’s comfortable romp against Bolton:

Related: Diafra Sakho strike helps West Ham to easy victory over Bolton Wanderers

9.57pm BST

While Stuart James saw Leicester’s logic-busting victory over Liverpool. According to our occasionally-reliable match stats, Leicester had eight shots in total of which five were on target, while Liverpool had 21 shots in total of which three were on target. That is some commitment to profligacy:

Related: Okazaki and Slimani strike to give Leicester win against Liverpool

9.55pm BST

Some match reports for you. First, Dominic Fifield watched Crystal Palace beat Huddersfield:

Related: Crystal Palace’s Bakary Sako kickstarts Roy Hodgson reign against Huddersfield

9.54pm BST

Final score: Tottenham 1-0 Barnsley

It’s all over at Wembley, and Tottenham are still in the hat! Could they be on their way to Wembley (again)?

9.53pm BST

Jon Fanning has got an issue with JR’s Burnley v Leeds report, and specifically the suggestion that Jeff Hendrick has been “literally invisible”. “If he is literally invisible at Turf Moor, I suspect it is more likely he isn’t there at all and they are just pretending he is,” he writes, not unreasonably.

9.52pm BST

After battling through 90 goalless minutes, and some goalless stoppage time, within moments of extra time getting under way it’s …

GOAL! Wolves 1-0 Bristol Rovers (Enobakhare, 98 mins)

9.49pm BST

Re Swansea’s green stripe, it’s evoking this surely @simon_burnton?

I meant I didn’t see what it was doing there stylistically, though I hadn’t thought of this obvious potential excuse.

9.47pm BST

It has finished 2-2 at Burnley, so they, like the goalless pair, Bournemouth v Brighton and Wolves v Bristol Rovers, head into stoppage time.

9.45pm BST

@Simon_Burnton Seeing Alfie Mawson celebrating his goal and wondering if I’m alone in my deep respect for Swansea’s away kit this season?

I certainly don’t see anything very admirable in it. Is it the green stripe that gets your juices flowing? Because I’ve got no idea what it’s doing there.

9.42pm BST

GOAL! Reading 0-2 Swansea (Ayew, 83 mins)

I don’t know much about this goal, except that it was “superb”.

83: Superb finish from @jordan_ayew9! He cuts in from the left and curls the ball into the bottom corner!#REASWA 0-2

9.41pm BST

GOAL! Burnley 2-2 Leeds (Brady, 90+6 mins)

A totally ludicrous final few minutes at Burnley, and after Robbie Brady curls in a lovely 30-yard free kick it once again looks like extra time is inevitable there.

9.40pm BST

GOALS! Brentford 1-3 Borwich (Clarke, 90 mins)
West Ham 3-0 Bolton (Masuaku, 90 mins)

I’ve only seen the latter, which was a beautiful left-footed strike into the far top corner from 30 yards.

9.39pm BST

Final score: Bristol City 2-0 Stoke City

Another Premier League scalp is, um, scalped in Bristol, where Stoke played poorly and were punished for it.

9.38pm BST

Final score: Leicester 2-0 Liverpool

Anyone who turned off at half-time will be absolutely astonished by this scoreline.

9.38pm BST

GOAL! Burnley 1-2 Leeds (Hernandez pen, 90+4 mins)

It’s not a great penalty, low, slow and nowhere near the corner, but happily the goalkeeper goes the wrong way, so it doesn’t much matter!

9.37pm BST

Penalty to Leeds! Tarkowski pulls Roofe’s shirt, and in the middle of six minutes of stoppage time Leeds have a chance to retake the lead!

9.36pm BST

Bad news for text-based live-update service providers everywhere: there will be extra time in at least one game, the final whistle having gone at Bournemouth.

9.34pm BST

Oh yes. How quickly we forget.

@Simon_Burnton Here’s a fine example of the genre

9.33pm BST

GOAL! Burley 1-1 Leeds (Wood pen, 89 mins)

And Wood sends the goalkeeper the wrong way to haul Burnley level at the last! He celebrates with a demure fist-pump.

9.32pm BST

Burnley, a goal down at home to Leeds, have a penalty in the 88th minute! And former Leeds striker Chris Wood will take it!

9.30pm BST

There are now only two goalless games, at Bournemouth and Wolves. Extra time appears very likely.

9.29pm BST

Hamza Choudhury has just come on for Leicester, making his first-team debut. He has the most spectacular afro. When did the top-flight last revel in a ’do like this?

Huge moment for #lcfc youngster Hamza Choudhury, who comes on to make his debut in place of Wilfred Ndidi.

Good luck, Hamza! #LeiLiv

9.25pm BST

Meanwhile Gray nearly puts Leicester three goals ahead against Liverpool, his lovely curling shot being tipped round the post.

9.25pm BST

GOAL! Burnley 0-1 Leeds (Sacko, 80 mins)

That’s an excellent long-range through-ball that sends Sacko screaming into all sorts of space in Burnley’s half, and he puts Leeds ahead with 10 minutes to play!


9.24pm BST

GOAL! Tottenham 1-0 Barnsley (Alli, 65 mins)

Trippier bursts into the box and sends the ball bobbling across goal, where Dele Alli anticipates and taps in from six yards!

9.22pm BST

GOAL! Leicester 2-0 Liverpool (Slimani, 78 mins)

That is an absolute cracker from Slimani! Okazaki slips the ball into his path, and he takes a few strides towards the penalty area before slamming a beautiful left-footed shot into the top corner!

9.18pm BST

More news from our temporary voluntary Burnley corresponent: “Among those wishing that Roy Keane wasn’t at Turf Moor would be Jeff Hendrick, who has been literally invisible, and Kevin Long who missed the target completely with a wide open header in the first half,” writes JR. “On the bright side Conor Shaughnessy looks to be doing pretty good. And look! What’s this?! Yes, another Sacko (with another spelling) has entered the epic third round of the Carabao Cup! Hadi Sacko just came on for Leeds.”

9.16pm BST

It’s a big night for returning players: after Pape Soare, Danny Ings comes on for Liverpool, replacing Wijnaldum.

9.16pm BST


Capitalise on a mistake
Through on goal
Round the keeper
Put it into the stands

Candeias with a miss of the season contender.

9.14pm BST

GOAL! Brentford 0-3 Norwich (Murphy, 68 mins)

Murphy speeds onto a through-ball into the left-hand side of the area and lifts the ball gently over the advancing goalkeeper!

9.11pm BST

GOAL! Reading 0-1 Swansea (Mawson, 52 mins)

Mawson’s shot from a Renato Sanches corner is deflected into the back of the net, and the goals are really flying in now!

9.10pm BST

GOAL! Aston Villa 0-2 Middlesbrough (Bamford, 67 mins)

That’s a lovely long, curling, dipping cross from the left, and Bamford rises at the back stick and sends a looping header back across goal and in.

9.09pm BST

GOAL! Leicester 1-0 Liverpool (Okazaki, 66 mins)

Okazaki, Ulloa’s replacement, scuffs the ball in from 12 yards and Liverpool, utterly dominant in the first half, are behind!

9.05pm BST

GOAL! Bristol City 2-0 Stoke City (Taylor, 60 mins)

A long ball is flicked on, Matty Taylor drives into the area and then shoots low across goal and in. Stoke’s official Twitter feed admits the Premier League side “just haven’t been at the races”.

The Bristol man meets a ball over the top and gets in behind. The Potters just haven’t been at the races this evening (2-0) #SCFC

9.04pm BST

Oooh! Ike Ugbo has just missed a brilliant chance to put Barnsley ahead at Spurs!

9.00pm BST

GOAL! Aston Villa 0-1 Middlesbrough (Bamford pen, 58mins)

Bamford strokes the penalty high and just left of centre, while the goalkeeper dives low and right.

8.59pm BST

Middlesbrough have a penalty, and Aston Villa’s Tommy Elphick has been sent off!

8.59pm BST

“Please don’t disparage goalless games. Or dull ones, or rubbish ones,” weites Charles Antaki. “Cleave the Carabou Cup to your bosom, aware that this world may not have much time left, with nuclear Armageddon announced at the UN tonight.” I get your logic, but do I really have to?

8.58pm BST

GOAL! ANOTHER GOAL! Brentford 0-2 Norwich (Vrancic, 51 mins)

Having scored from a penalty in the first half, Mario Vrancic scores from a free-kick in the second, sneaking it low inside the near post from 20 yards or so.

8.57pm BST

In other substitution news, Pape Souare has come on at half-time for Crystal Palace, a year and a week after his car crash.


What a moment. Welcome back, Pape. ❤

Related: Pape Souaré: ‘I didn’t know when the pain would stop but I didn’t want to give up’

8.55pm BST

Ulloa isn’t fine – he’s had to go off.

8.55pm BST

GOAL! YES, A GOAL! Bristol City 1-0 Stoke City (Diédhiou, 50 mins)

A simple but stylishly converted header from Famara Diédhiou, and there is a potential upset on the cards at Ashton Gate.

GOAL: #BristolCity 1-0 Stoke City, Diédhiou 50. #BRCvSTO

8.53pm BST

Strange goings-on at Leicester, where Ulloa is entirely unchallenged as he heads away a corner but then crumples to the ground and stays there. He seems fine now, mind.

8.52pm BST

Solanke spins, shoots and a defender slids in to block smartly. In other Liverpool news, Ben Woodburn has replaced Coutinho at half-time.

8.50pm BST

… Gray scoops his effort miles over the bar. And a bit wide of the post.

8.49pm BST

The game has restarted at Leicester, and the home side have an excellent free-kick shooting opportunity inside a minute.

8.49pm BST

The two 8pm kick-offs have both reached half-time without a goal having been scored. The second half – which is about to start in all the 7.45pm games – can only be an improvement, surely.

Almost an assault on police at Griffin Park tonight! #TerriblePen #BrentfordFC #OTBC

8.35pm BST

The half-time whistle has blown in most of the 7.45pm kick-offs. The games at Aston Villa, Bournemouth, Bristol City, Burnley, Leicester and Wolves are all goalless. Norwich at Brentford and Crystal Palace at home to Huddersfield lead 1-0, while West Ham are two goals to the good against Bolton. The two 8pm kick-offs are also both goalless. Harumph.

8.33pm BST

I have just been made aware of this. Oh my god, my ears.

Tottenham For Life: genius from Jessie Barnett on Vimeo

8.28pm BST

I have just seen the free-est header-from-a-set-piece that I have ever seen. It’s from a Spurs corner on the right wing, and it picks out Llorente, who is absolutely fantastic with his head but is clearly overwhelmed with agoraphobia or something, so much space is he in, and his effort goes over the bar.

8.26pm BST

Coutinho’s shot is terrible, and both wide and high.

8.26pm BST

Liverpool have a free-kick in an excellent shooting position, with five minutes of the first half remaining. Meanwhile Swansea have had a goal disallowed at Reading.

25: Narsingh slides the ball into the back of the net, but the referee has blown up for a foul. Looked harsh!#REASWA 0-0

8.24pm BST

Tonight’s is the first league hat-trick of Zaza’s career.

3 – Simone Zaza ha marcado el primer triplete liguero de su carrera (Liga, Serie A y Premier League). Depredador.

8.22pm BST

“Watching Burnley’s second string against Leeds’ second string is like … well, it’s like something. Burnley’s second stringers look more likely to score,” reports JR. “The only things to report are Phil Bardsley has taken three very stupid, bad, and ultimately futile shots from way outside the box and the Leeds fans seem to be enjoying themselves a lot by abusing Charlie Taylor.”

8.21pm BST

Talking of West Ham and goals, a former Hammers flop is making headlines elsewhere tonight – Simone Zaza has scored an eight-minute hat-trick for Valencia against Malaga. His side are 4-0 up, with 25 minutes to play.

8.18pm BST

GOAL! West Ham 2-0 Bolton (Sakho, 31 mins)

A pull-back from the left and Sakho sidefoots smartly across goal and in at the back stick.

8.17pm BST

More penalty action at Griffin Park. The clearest of silly sliding fouls, and the wildest of wild penalty misses.

Penalty to Brentford. Wes Hoolahan adjudged to have commited a foul in the box and the hosts have a spot-kick… #ncfc

BFC 0-1 NCFC (29)

30′ Missed! Yoann gets under it and sends it flying over the bar from 12 yards (0-1)

8.13pm BST

Liverpool’s ability to miss chances continues to astound. Coutinho brings the ball to the edge of the area, Solanke’s shot rebounds to Robertson, and he drives low across goal. Somehow it misses everybody and goes out the other side for a goal kick.

8.09pm BST

Liverpool are 7-1 up on shots at present. Gray had Leicester’s shot, running the length of the field after a Liverpool corner before shooting gently down the middle of goal.

8.08pm BST

Liverpool miss another chance, Robertson’s lovely cross being spooned over the bar at the far post by Solanke.

8.05pm BST

It is extremely inconsiderate for the same club to employ both Sako and Sakho, and there should be something in the regulations to prevent them both being on the field simultaneously.

@Simon_Burnton Sako not Sakho 😉

8.04pm BST

Liverpool seem to be having much the better of things at Leicester, but remain goalless. Oxlade-Chamberlain wasted their latest effort, blasting wide from an unpromising position on the right.

8.01pm BST

It was, I’m informed, a Bakary Sako header from an Andros Townsend corner.

8.00pm BST

GOAL! Crystal Palace 1-0 Huddersfield (Sako, 13 mins)

I can’t tell you much more about this, except that it has happened.

13: GOAL! Bakary Sako header!

[1-0] #CRYHUD

7.58pm BST

GOAL! Brentford 0-1 Norwich (Vrancic pen, 10 mins)

Watkins is fouled in the penalty area, and Mario Vrancic scores from the spot!

7.53pm BST

At Leicester, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Solanke both go close, the former leading to a corner and the latter from the corner. Neither effort goes in, though.

7.51pm BST

GOAL! West Ham 1-0 Bolton (Ogbonna, 4 mins)

West Ham take a free-kick from the right wing, send in a lovely cross and Ogbonna thumps in the most emphatic of headers.

7.50pm BST

On foreign shores, Barcelona are kicking off at 10pm. Mad crazy Spaniards with their late-night antics.

⚽️ #BarçaEibar
Força Barça!

7.47pm BST

We have a kick-off situation. I repeat, we have a kick-off situation.

7.43pm BST

The teams are out (except where there are 8pm kick-offs) and we’re about to get some actual action to chat about!

7.42pm BST

One further headline, courtesy of Tony Bartholemew:

BONG! There’s a bloke in the Brighton line-up called Bong.”

7.35pm BST

Jürgen Klopp talks about Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain:

I don’t care about his best position. I don’t want to see him always on one wing or something like this. I don’t want to see him fixed in his position. It’s football. You have to be very flexible, and that’s what I expect from him in the long term. Today he will start for the first time, and that’s another thing I’m excited about.

7.26pm BST

A pretty strong Spurs side, with Juan Foyth making his full debut.

Tottenham Hotspur v Barnsley
Tottenham Hotspur: Vorm, Walker-Peters, Foyth, Vertonghen, Trippier, Winks, Dembele, Son, Alli, Sissoko, Llorente. Subs: Alderweireld, Kane, Nkoudou, Dier, Gazzaniga, Eriksen, Oakley-Boothe.
Barnsley: Davies, McCarthy, MacDonald, Lindsay, Fryers, Potts, Bird, Joe Williams, Barnes, Ugbo, Hedges. Subs: Hammill, Bradshaw, Moncur, Townsend, Jackson, Pearson, Thiam.
Referee: Tim Robinson.

7.24pm BST

And yet more teams. Mamadou Sakho starts for Crystal Palace, for the first time since April:

Brentford v Norwich
Brentford: Daniels, Clarke, Barbet, Chatzitheodoridis, Mepham, Mokotjo, Yennaris, Jozefzoon, McEachran, Archibald, Maupay. Subs: Bentley, Watkins, Egan, Woods, Sawyers, Dalsgaard, Shaibu.
Norwich: Gunn, Ivo Pinto, Klose, Zimmermann, Husband, Vrancic, Hoolahan, Reed, Trybull, Watkins, Murphy. Subs: Jerome, Wildschut, Stiepermann, Tettey, Franke, Matthews, Phillips.
Referee: James Linnington.
Teamchangeometer: Brentford take this one 7-5.

7.09pm BST

More teams. Chris Wood is in Burnley’s squad to face Leeds, his former club, but not in the starting XI. Leeds win the most-changes head-to-head against Burnley 9-7, the first upset of the night. Bristol City win the most-changes head-to-head against Stoke 9-6:

Bristol City v Stoke
Bristol City: Steele, Vyner, Flint, Hegeler, Magnusson, Eliasson, Pack, Brownhill, O’Dowda, Diedhiou, Taylor. Subs: Fielding, Bryan, Wright, Baker, Smith, Reid, Kelly.
Stoke: Grant, Wimmer, Zouma, Martins Indi, Tymon, Adam, Fletcher, Johnson, Sobhi, Choupo-Moting, Crouch. Subs: Butland, Pieters, Allen, Berahino, Jese, Diouf, Shaqiri.
Referee: Geoff Eltringham.

7.00pm BST

Here are the Bournemouth v Brighton teams. Bournemouth make nine changes from the side that played Brighton last week. Not to be outdone, Brighton make 10!

Bournemouth: Boruc, Fraser, Francis, Steve Cook, Brad Smith, Stanislas, Lewis Cook, Gosling, Ibe, Mousset, Afobe. Subs: Pugh, Ramsdale, Adam Smith, King, Hyndman, Mahoney, Simpson.
Brighton: Krul, Goldson, Hunemeier, Rosenior, Schelotto, Ahannach, Molumby, Bong, Skalak, Murphy, Izquierdo. Subs: Dunk, Knockaert, Maenpaa, March, Propper, Mateju, Tilley.
Referee: Kevin Friend.

6.54pm BST

Here are the Leicester v Liverpool teams. Headlines: Oxlade-Chamberlain starts his first game for Liverpool as Jürgen Klopp makes eight changes; Danny Ings is back in the first-team squad for the first time since a substitute appearance in this competition last October.

Leicester: Hamer, Amartey, Morgan, Dragovic, Chilwell, Gray, Ndidi, Iborra, Albrighton, Slimani, Ulloa. Subs: Iheanacho, Musa, Jakupovic, Okazaki, Mahrez, Benalouane, Choudhury.
Liverpool: Ward, Flanagan, Gomez, Klavan, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Grujic, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Solanke, Coutinho. Subs: Karius, Milner, Moreno, Ings, Markovic, Woodburn, Alexander-Arnold.
Referee: Stuart Attwell.

Today’s starting XI: Hamer, Amartey, Dragović, Morgan (c), Chilwell, Albrighton, Iborra, Ndidi, Gray, Slimani, Ulloa. #LeiLiv

The #LFC team to face @LCFC.

6.47pm BST

Team news is starting to trickle in. Standby!

3.25pm BST

Hello world!

So, tonight’s Carabao Cup-flavoured fixtures in full:

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Sep 16

Jamie Vardy penalty secures Leicester City a draw at Huddersfield Town

Laurent Depoitre scored on his full Premier League debut as Huddersfield and Leicester City fought out a 1-1 draw at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Depoitre, a £3.5m summer signing from Porto, broke the deadlock 40 seconds into the second half before Jamie Vardy brought the visitors level four minutes later from the penalty spot.

Related: Jamaal Lascelles heads Newcastle United to win over Stoke City

Related: Sergio Agüero hat-trick puts rampant Manchester City top of the table

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Sep 15

Huddersfield Town v Leicester City: match preview

Leicester face another promoted side after beating Brighton last month and need a win after three defeats against teams in last season’s top five and with Liverpool up twice next week. The Chelsea loanee Kasey Palmer will miss eight weeks with a hamstring injury and Abdelhamid Sabiri stands by after making his Huddersfield debut from the bench in the defeat at West Ham. Mark Tallentire

Kick-off Saturday 3pm

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Sep 08

Matty James: ‘I was in so much pain I’ll remember it for the rest of my life’

The Leicester City midfielder is savouring his return to the side and dreaming of an England call-up after tortuous 865 days left him at breaking point

Amid all the euphoria that accompanied those wild celebrations at the King Power Stadium on the evening that Leicester City were crowned champions of England, it escaped unnoticed that one player was struggling to hold everything together. “I felt I didn’t deserve to be there, to be pictured,” Matty James says. “If you ask Danny Drinkwater, when I lifted the Premier League trophy I went to him, he had me in his arms and I was in tears. I was crying my eyes out, purely because I had no part to play in it whatsoever.”

James spent that entire season – the most famous in Leicester’s history – on the sidelines, physically unable to contribute after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the penultimate home game of the previous campaign and mentally tormented by the once-in-a-lifetime experience that was unfolding on the pitch while he was fighting to save his career. “I was going home thinking: ‘What is going on here? The club is going to win the Premier League and I’m nowhere near it,’” James says. “It wasn’t that I didn’t want it to happen. But it was hard because I felt like I was on a rollercoaster going all the way down and the club was going in the opposite direction.”

Related: Jamie Vardy sees his academy bear fruit with first batch of graduates

Every member of staff wanted me to get some minutes but I just don’t think Ranieri understood

Related: Rúben Neves: ‘You’re running the whole game here. In Portugal there’s a lot of time-wasting’

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Sep 08

Leicester City v Chelsea: match preview

A potentially tricky assignment for Chelsea, who could give Danny Drinkwater his debut at the home of his former club. Antonio Conte must also decide what sort of role Eden Hazard plays now he is available after returning from ankle surgery. Leicester …

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Sep 08

From Sanches to Aurier: five Premier League debutants to watch this weekend | Jack Kinnersley

Deadline-day signings are notoriously unpredictable but risk can bring great reward. Will these 11th-hour imports from across Europe flourish or flop?

In 2003 Swansea supporters would have found it hard to believe they would have a European Championship winner in their side. Only one player was going to be awarded a contract the following season as they flirted with relegation to the Conference. After signing Spain’s Fernando Llorente – recently departed for Tottenham – last summer and now Sanches, the fans are being spoiled.

Related: Premier League truly starts now – so how do the title contenders measure up? | Jonathan Wilson

Related: Premier League clubs’ brave move may be ruined by elite European predators| Martha Kelner

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Sep 06

Leicester battling to sign Adrien Silva after missing deadline by 14 seconds

• Fifa has refused to sanction midfielder’s move from Sporting Lisbon
• Adrien Silva could be in limbo until January despite deal being announced

Leicester City remain committed to trying to find a way to complete the £22m transfer of Adrien Silva from Sporting Lisbon, after it emerged that the Premier League club missed the deadline to register the Portugal international by 14 seconds.

Fifa has refused to accept Silva’s registration on the basis that the paperwork relating to the transfer arrived late – the electronic system in place records exact timings and, in the case of the 28-year-old midfielder, shows that the documents landed at the Football Association 14 seconds after the deadline. That paperwork was then forwarded to Fifa as part of the protocol for international transfers.

Related: Transfer window verdicts: Premier League fans on the best and worst deals

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Sep 06

Football transfer rumours: Sánchez to Manchester City for £20m in January?

Today’s tittle-tattle is surveying the wreckage

It’s been almost a week since the transfer window closed, and all over the country players are sheepishly returning to training. Virgil van Dijk is running extra hard at Southampton, and Diego Costa is jetting back to London, if only because Atlético Madrid are concerned that park football may not be enough to sustain his match fitness until January. Costa is not in Chelsea’s Champions League squad, but could throw his weight around in the Premier League once again.

Alexis Sánchez will be delighted to learn he’s been included in Arsenal’s Europa League squad, although he may not stay past the group stages, with Manchester City planning a £20m cut-price January move. One player apparently not prepared to buckle down is Philippe Coutinho. Spanish publication Sport claims that the Brazilian is still “monumentally angry” with Liverpool, and may even refuse to play in the Champions League.

Related: Rúben Neves: ‘You’re running the whole game here. In Portugal there’s a lot of time-wasting’

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Sep 01

Leicester await international clearance from Fifa over Adrien Silva transfer

• Leicester confident Portugal midfielder will complete move form Sporting
• Transfers for Demarai Gray and Riyad Mahrez fail to materialise

Leicester are awaiting international clearance to complete the transfer of Adrien Silva from Sporting Lisbon.

The Premier League club are confident they managed to sign the Portugal midfielder in time, after being granted a two-hour extension to get the deal done after Thursday night’s 11pm deadline passed.

Related: Transfer window 2017 – every deal in Europe’s top five leagues

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