Leicester Rule at the Britannia

Stoke City 0:1 Leicester City
Stoke City v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 13 Sept 2014,
City’s first win of the season arrived on Saturday thanks to a second half Ulloa goal at the Britannia Stadium against Stoke…Nigel Pearson made one change to the side that drew with Arsenal, and that was enforced, with Schmiechel picking up a knee injury while playing for Denmark, Ben Hamer made his League debut.

Stoke had the better of the opening spell and Nzonzi made impressive progress down the middle before sending his shot wide.
In the 17th minute Crouch should have done better with a glancing header from a Moses corner that missed the target from 10 yards.
Walters was next to threaten for the Potters, but didn’t connect with his shot allowing Hamer a comfortable save.

Stoke City v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 13 Sept 2014,

In a rare chance for City King sent a long-range effort narrowly wide, but Stoke were soon threatening again and Crouch sent an acrobatic volley just over the right hand angle.
Further chances for Shawcross and N’Zonzi were thwarted and City were probably more relieved to hear the half time whistle than their hosts.

Nigel Pearson had a reshuffle at the break and Drinkwater and Cambiasso emerged from the tunnel for the second half, replacing Mahrez and King.
Although Moses wasted a good early chance for Stoke, blazing over when well-placed, it was a much improved Leicester performance, with Cambiasso the  architect of some great moves.

Stoke City v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 13 Sept 2014,
And it was the visitors who delighted their followers with a 65th minute opener.
Ulloa retained the ball in a crowded situation and fed it to Konchesky down the left, his low cross reached Ulloa at the far post, and he somehow reached back to the ball a yard behind him and clipped it into the net.
City had 25 minutes to hold on to a precious lead, and that is what they did.
Stoke City v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 13 Sept 2014,
De Laet blocked a N’Zonzi’s shot, before Hammond almost made it 2-0 with a low 20 yarder that went two inches wide of the left hand upright.
Hammond then couldn’t quite direct his header from a beautifully delivered Cambiasso free-kick.
A great run from Moore, ended with Ulloa sending De Laet in on goal but he couldn’t keep his shot down.
As Stoke grew more desperate the pressure ramped up and Hamer  twice preserved City’s lead – parrying a fierce Diouf shot and then blocking a point blank effort from the same player during a late scramble.
City were not to be denied their first Premier League win since May 2004 however, and this well-fought victory saw them reach the top half of the table.
Stoke City v Leicester City, Barclays Premiership, 13 Sept 2014,
Stoke: Begovic, Bardsley, Pieters (Muniesa 84), Shawcross, Wilson, Whelan, N’Zonzi, Moses, Bojan (Diouf 74), Walters (Assaidi 82), Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Huth, Arnautovic, Adam.
Leicester: Hamer, De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, Mahrez (Drinkwater 46), Hammond, King (Cambiasso 46), Schlupp (Vardy 76), Ulloa, Nugent. Subs: Smith, Wasilewski, Knockaert, Wood.Referee: Michael Oliver. Attendance: 27,500.

All photos: Simon Kimber.

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Ulloa on target as Leicester hold Gunners

Leicester City 1:1 Arsenal

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City earned their second point of the season when an Ulloa header quickly cancelled out Arsenal’s opener at the KPS on Sunday…

Nigel Pearson made no changes to the side that started at Chelsea last week, with new signing Cambiasso on the bench.
City enjoyed a decent start to the game with probing runs from Mahrez and De Laet, before a lengthy stoppage for treatment after Schlupp and Koscielny had a serious coming together of heads. Although the French Arsenal defender was patched up and brought back into the action he only lasted until the 26th minute.
Mahrez then raced forward again, exchanging passes with Nugent before sending a shot just wide of the post.
However, it was the visitors who took a 20th minute lead when Cazorla’s neat ball over City’s defence was squared by Sanogo for the well placed Sanchez to find the net.

As in the previous home game City did not allow their heads to go down and they were on level terms three minutes later.

A fantastic cross from Schlupp on the left fell perfectly for Ulloa to nod in at the far post and raise the KPS roof.
A couple of chances by Sanogo were blocked as Arsenal had a spell of pressure, but City also had their chances towards the break.
There were big shouts for a penalty when Moore went down under a challenge from Ramsey but the ref wasn’t interested;
and then a run and shot from Mahrez was saved by Szczesny.
Neither side made a change at the break, and Cazorla had the first chance but sent it wide.
Ulloa then carved out a fantastic opportunity for himself but hit the side netting with only Szczesny to beat from close in.
As the game opened up play flowed from one end to the other and Schmeichel made saves from Ramsey and Monreal; while Nugent was denied by a Debuchy challenge when well-placed for an attempt on goal.
Moore, then blocked a Cazorla effort with the deflected ball sailing harmlessly over the bar.
Vardy came on for Schlupp (who had a fantastic first half) and soon carved out a chance for himself with a determined run, playing a ball off Nugent before forcing a good save from Szczesny as the crowd roared him on.
City survived a bit of late Arsenal pressure before Drinkwater, on for Ulloa, sent a shot narrowly wide.

The final whistle heralded another point for City, who could be very satisfied with the way they have handled the first set of fixtures before the international break.

Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, Mahrez (Albrighton 64), Hammond, King, Schlupp (Vardy 70), Nugent, Ulloa (Drinkwater 76). Subs: Hamer, Wasilewski, Cambiasso, Wood.
Arsenal: Szczesny, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny (Chambers 26), Monreal, Őzil, Ramsey, Sanchez, Cazorla (Oxlade-Chamberlain 77), Flamini, Sanogo (Podolski 77). Subs: Martinez, Rosicky, Wilshere, Campbell.
Referee: Anthony Taylor. Attendance: 31,535 

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Leicester finally land Cambiasso

After a long-running saga, Argentinian midfielder Esteban Cambiasso is finally a Leicester City player…

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The midfielder, who has won a wheelbarrow full of trophies at Inter Milan over the last decade, has signed a one year deal bringing him to the King Power Stadium.
Although Cuchu – his once ironic nickname meaning ‘old man’ – is now 34, he should still be able to cope with Premier League football, as a tough defensive midfielder who weighs in with his share of goals. When he player under Jose Mourinho at the San Siro he was described as: “The heartbeat of the Inter side that have become the dominant force in Italian football.”

Welcome to Leicester Esteban. We are a little bit excited.

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Leicester Tamed By Shrews

Leicester City 0:1 Shrewsbury Town

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City exited the Capital One Cup in the second round on Tuesday night, beaten by League 2 Shrewsbury at the KPS…
Nigel Pearson made eight changes to the side that lost at Chelsea, with debuts handed to Hamer, Cain, Watson and Pearson, while Wasilewski, Taylor-Fletcher and Wood all started for the first time this season.
Things appeared to be going to script in the opening minute when Mahrez burst in on the right, but Shrews keeper Leutwiler blocked his low shot.
But the League 2 side then went on the attack: Hamer saving from a Collins header, and a cross/shot from Clark hitting the woodwork.
City were struggling to create anything, Wasilewski getting his head to a Mahrez cross, saved by Leutwiler, was a rare chance.
Then Knockaert’s free-kick was headed beyond the keeper’s grasp by Wood, but his effort hit the bar.
Eight minutes before the break Shrewsbury deservedly took the lead against their Premier League opponents.
After a foul on Woods 22 yards out, Mangan fired home the free-kick, beating Hamer low to his right. He appeared to injure himself in the  process of scoring and had to go off.
It really should have been 2-0 at the break as Demetriou side-footed wide when well-placed eight yards out.
City’s fairly abject performance didn’t improve after the break and on 57 minutes Pearson brought King and Nugent on for Watson and Cain.
But it was still the visitors who were creating the better chances. In the 75th minute Collins fired a shot against the right hand post and then Vernon, following up, hit the same post a second later.
At the other end a persistent run from Knockaert led to him setting up a chance for Nugent, but his shot hit the left hand post.
City’s final chance to force the game into extra-time came when Konchesky’s long crossfield ball found the head of Wood, but his effort went wide and City stumbled out of the competition at the first hurdle.
Obviously, the League Cup is not a priority for the club this season and Nigel Pearson didn’t want to risk his threadbare squad, but it was still an embarrassing exit to a spirited League 2 side.

Leicester: Hamer, Pearson, Wasilewski, Moore, Konchesky, Mahrez (Schlupp 69), Cain (King 57), Watson (Nugent 57), Knockaert, Taylor-Fletcher, Wood. Subs: Morgan, Hopper, Barmby, Smith.
Shrewsbury: Leutwiler, Goldson, Grandison, Knight-Percival, Gayle, Woods, Wesolowski, Demetriou, Collins (Robinson 85), Clark (Akpa Akpro 85), Mangan (Vernon 40). Subs: Wildig, Caton, Halstead, Smith.


Referee: Simon Hooper. Attendance: 8,017. 
PHOTO: Rob Coe.

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Chelsea overcome brave Leicester resistance

Chelsea 2:0 Leicester City

Chelsea v Leicester City, Sky Bet Premiership, 23 August 2014,

City were a match for one of Europe’s best sides for just over an hour at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, before goals from Costa and Hazard sealed a 2-0 win for Chelsea…

Nigel Pearson brought Hammond in for Drinkwater and Schlupp for Knockaert and, although this line-up could be described an understrength, City looked undaunted by this visit to the title favourites.
The early chances went to the home side, Oscar had a shot blocked by Morgan, and then Cahill had two efforts blocked by red shirts that were giving their hosts very little breathing space.
Schurrle then headed a Hazard cross over, before City broke upfield.

Chelsea v Leicester City, Sky Bet Premiership, 23 August 2014,
Mahrez saw a fierce shot beaten away by Courtois and then Schlupp had an effort deflected wide.
At the other end Costa had a curling shot blocked by Morgan, and City could be well pleased with their efforts as the half-time whistle heralded a goalless half.

Mourinho had apparently given his side something of a ‘pep-talk’ at the break and they appeared to have moved up a gear.
Oscar fired against the post, and then Ivanovic was denied by a superb Schmeichel save as City were stretched for the first time.
But they should have taken the lead five minutes later when a speedy breakaway set up Nugent in a one-on-one with keeper Courtois, but the Belgian keeper managed to block with his legs.
Chelsea v Leicester City, Sky Bet Premiership, 23 August 2014,
Schurrle then went close with a curler, before Schmeichel denied Ivanovic again this time tipping away a long-range shot.
City were still looking dangerous on the break but Courtois again saved from Nugent after last year’s leading scorer had been set up by Mahrez.
As play swung from one end of the field to the other Fabregas then forced another save from Schmeichel who tipped his attempted chip over the bar.
However, Chelsea began to turn the screw further and City’s resistance was broken in the 62nd minute.
In a busy penalty area Costa guided home from close range after Ivanovic’s low cross made it across the goalmouth.
Chelsea v Leicester City, Sky Bet Premiership, 23 August 2014,
City stuck to their task, and Pearson brought on Albrigthton and Taylor-Fletcher for Mahrez and Hammond, but Chelsea went further ahead in the 77th minute. Fabregas sending Hazard through for a run and shot beyond Schmeichel’s reach.

Schmeichel then made another fine save from Willian to keep the scoreline at respectable levels.

It was a predictable enough defeat against Chelsea’s Megastars, but City fans could take great pride in their side’s performance, which boded very well for the rest of the season.
Nigel Pearson told Sky Sports: “We are aware of the fact that when chances have come our way, it’s not quite happened for us. But the encouraging thing is that we are being creative. I think today we have put them under quite a bit of pressure and even when they started to take a bit of control in the second half, we still had our moments. There are positives to take from today, certainly.”


Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta, Matic, Fabregas, Schurrle (Ramires 64), Oscar (Willian 70), Hazard, Costa (Drogba 79). Subs: Cech, Zouma, Luis, Mikel.
Leicester: Schmeichel, De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky, Mahrez (Albrighton 68), Hammond (Taylor-Fletcher 72), King, Schlupp, Nugent, Ulloa (Wood 84) Subs: Hamer, Hopper, Knockaert, Wasilewski.
Referee: Lee Mason. ATTENDANCE: 41,604.
All photos: Simon Kimber.

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Leicester can’t agree a price for Fanni

L’Equipe is reporting that representatives of Marseille defender Rod Fanni have been unable to agree personal terms with Leicester City.

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The 32 year old French international’s wage demands did not fit in with City’s wage structure and the deal now appears to be dead.
A shame for people who like a good innuendo in their headlines,  but there you go.

One signing that has been completed is that of Jamie Vardy who has signed a new four-year deal with the club.

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FOX – Leicester City fanzine – ‘Champions Special’ – some more available

We have received a few shop returns of The FOX fanzine ‘Champions Specials’, back from the shops.

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