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End of Term feel as Leicester and Chelsea reach stalemate

Leicester City 0:0 Chelsea

Leicester City v Chelsea - Premier League

Leicester and Chelsea failed to trouble the scoreboard in a low-key end to the season at the King Power Stadium on Sunday…

Brendan Rodgers named an unchanged side, City’s only change being the first airing of next season’s Adidas kit, reverting back to white shorts.
It was a game played out in bright sunshine with City lacking their usual zip and Chelsea’s minds firmly on the Europa League Final.

Chelsea should have gone ahead in the 3rd minute when City’s defence were caught out by a Jorginho chip into the box that found Barkley unmarked, but Schmeichel stood up well and the shot clipped his shoulder.
Four minutes later Chelsea threatened again when  Zappacosta crossed from the right but Loftus-Cheek couldn’t get his header on target.
City’s first chance came in the 9th minute when a clearance fell for Choudhury on the edge of the area, but he volleyed over the bar.

Leicester City v Chelsea - Premier League

Chilwell was the next to try his luck but his 20 yarder went straight at Caballero.
City gradually got control of the game and, following a corner, Tielemans struck a long range effort but it went straight at Caballero again.
The Chelsea keeper didn’t have to move to collect the next effort either, a header from Vardy.
After a fairly uneventful first half both sides spurned gilt-edged chances in the final minute. Luiz slipped over to allow Vardy in down the left, but he opted to pass to Tielemans instead of shooting and there was too much weight on the ball. Tielemans shot from a tight angle at the far post was smothered by Caballero.
As play moved up the other end Willian fed Alonso, whose cross set up Higuain with a sitter from six yards but his attempted back heel went wrong and the ball trundled wide of the left hand post.

Leicester City v Chelsea - Premier League

City pressed forward early in the second half and a wayward ball sent Vardy haring down the left. As he shaped to shoot Azpilicueta gave him a sly nudge and all City got was a corner. The flag-kick was cleared as far as Tielemans, 30 yards out, and though he connected beautifully with a half-volley it went narrowly wide.
The game returned to its lacklustre pace. Barkley, in plenty of space, sent a shot well wide, while City were failing to create any chances.
There was a rousing rendition of ‘Vichai Had a Dream’ in the 61st minute, and then huge cheers when Brendan Rodgers made his first change, bringing on Okazaki for his farewell appearance in place of Ndidi.
Chelsea also made a change bringing on Hazard, who also received applause for his part in our title win.

Leicester City v Chelsea - Premier League

Ten minutes later Simpson also came on for his last appearance in a City shirt, replacing Albrighton for another warm reception.
In the 80th minute Chilwell went on a long run that ended with him cutting a ball back from the byline, but it evaded all the onrushing blue shirts.
With seven minutes remaining there was a scramble in the City area which saw Loftus-Cheek playing a ball to Hazard but he was flattened by Evans who thankfully also got the ball.
Barnes replaced Maddison for the final five minutes, and set up Tielemans for a shot that the Belgian fired well over the bar.

Leicester City v Chelsea - Premier League

The final whistle brought an end to a game lacking in incident, but the vast majority of the crowd remained in place for the lap of appreciation. There were special tributes for the departing Immortals Danny Simpson and Shinji Okazaki, while Top led the lap of the pitch to huge applause.
City finished the season in 9th place which, considering everything, wasn’t too bad at all.
Brendan Rodgers was already thinking about next season: “We beat Arsenal, played well against Manchester City and got a point today. People thought we would not get any points from the last three games. It’s been a nice induction into the club – the players have been good, the supporters. We’ll now add that bit of depth to the squad.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell, Ndidi (Okazaki 66), Albrighton (Simpson 76), Tielemans, Choudhury, Maddison (Barnes 84), Vardy.
Substitutes: Morgan, Gray, Iheanacho, Ward.
Chelsea: Caballero, Zappacosta, Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Alonso, Barkley (Kovacic 76), Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Higuaín (Giroud 84), Willian (Hazard 69).
Substitutes: Arrizabalaga, Christensen, Emerson, Guehi.

Referee: Anthony Taylor. Attendance: 32,140.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Arsenal outclassed by rampant Leicester

Leicester City 3:0 Arsenal

Leicester City v Arsenal FC - Premier League

City produced a fine performance against an Arsenal side reduced to ten men at the KPS on Sunday, with an opener from Tielemans and two Vardy strikes sealing a 3-0 win…

Brendan Rodgers made one change to his side for this noon kick off, with Choudhury brought in to bolster the midfield and Gray dropped.
City looked the better side right from the start, and won a free-kick when Mustafi brought down Maddison 30 yards out . Maddison delivered the ball to Ndidi in space but he made a hash of his shot.
Four minutes later another free-kick, chipped in by Chilwell was met with a diving header from Evans, but it went straight at Leno.
A sign of how stretched Arsenal were came in the 7th minute when Maitland-Niles was booked for halting a City break by tripping Chilwell.
A minute later Maddison had a shot deflected wide as City kept the pressure up.
Play was then held up while Torreira received treatment after some superb tackling from Choudhury that had had the crowd chanting his name.

Leicester City v Arsenal FC - Premier League

After some good work from Chilwell the ball sat up nicely for Tielemans, but he shanked his half-volley well wide.
After Ndidi was booked for a foul on Xhaka, City went close again but Tielemans effort was blocked by the advancing Leno.
It was all City at this stage, with the screens showing 82% possession, and Choudhury set up Maddison for a 20 yard shot that went inches wide of the left-hand post.
Arsenal then had their first chance of the game in the 22nd minute when Iwobi raced down the left and crossed for Lacazette, whose attempted volley went well wide.
Vardy then sent Maddison through but he opted to shoot with Albrighton in acres of space and screwed a low shot wide.
Maddison’s next shot was on target, but tipped away by Leno as the chances mounted.
From the resulting corner Ndidi nipped in front of Sokratis to head goalwards, but Leno again rescued Arsenal with a fine save.
The 31st minute saw yet another City chance when Albrighton floated a ball over the Gunners defence for Vardy who lobbed Leno but also cleared the bar by a couple of yards.
Arsenal attacks were rare, but dangerous, and in the 35th minute Aubameyang played in Iwobi one on one with Schmeichel, but the City keeper managed to block a weak shot.
A minute later Arsenal were reduced to ten men when Maitland-Niles fouled Maddison and Michael Oliver showed him his second yellow, followed by a red. A furious Arsenal bench thought Maddison had made too much of it.
The final chance of the half fell for Vardy, whose fierce shot was denied by Leno, who got down smartly to block at his near post.
City had been totally dominant against eleven men, and with Arsenal down to ten, the second half promised much.

Brendan Rodgers upped the attacking intent for the second half, bringing on Barnes for Ndidi and the one-way traffic towards Arsenal’s goal continued. Barnes had the measure of Mustafi down the left, cutting in and attempting a near post shot that didn’t catch Leno out. City were getting plenty of crosses in from both flanks but the Gunners defence were dealing with them and it looked like it could be another frustrating afternoon for while.
But City made the breakthrough in the 59th minute. Maddison swung a precise ball into the area, perfectly meeting Tielemans run and the Belgian directed a header home giving Leno no chance.
“SIGN HIM UP!” was the chant around the ground.

Leicester City v Arsenal FC - Premier League

City continued to press forward and Sokratis was booked for a foul on Maddison, 25 yards out. Michael Oliver had to have a word with Unai Emery, who was in a gibbering rage, before Tielemans fired his free-kick into the wall.
Tempers were beginning to fray with Chilwell booked for fouling Sokratis as he threatened to break upfield and then Torreira screaming for a penalty, claiming he had been elbowed by Evans.
Tielemans then strode forward and unleashed a 25-yarder that went inches wide of the post as City looked to extend their lead. The overworked Leno made two fine saves in three seconds flying across goal to bat away shots from Ricardo and then Barnes, before Choudhury’s low shot went straight into his arms.
Play was held up after Mustafi and Chilwell clashed heads, before Brendan Rodgers brought Mendy on for Choudhury in the 79th minute. The youngster received a standing ovation for a fine afternoon’s work.
With Arsenal winning a few corners and beginning to show signs of life, City put the game to bed in the 86th minute. The coaching manual was thrown out of the window for the most direct of goals. Schmeichel launched a huge kick forward and Vardy outmanoeuvred Koscielny and Mustafi, to find himself one on one with Leno. His lob over the keeper hit the crossbar but fell nicely for him to nod home past Leno’s despairing challenge.

Leicester City v Arsenal FC - Premier League

City continued to press forward in the five minutes time added on, and Vardy slipped a ball through to Barnes who sent his shot too close to Leno.
In the dying seconds of the game City struck again for a scoreline that reflected the game. Good work from Ricardo down the right saw him square a ball across the face of goal for an unmarked Vardy to notch his 9th goal in eight games.

Leicester City v Arsenal FC - Premier League

It put the lid on a superb City performance, moving them up to 8th place, as Arsenal registered their lowest ever possession stats for a Premier League game.

Brendan Rodgers commented: “It was a very good performance. We didn’t waste any time today. We showed we are a good side. I thought 11 vs 11, we were the better side. When it went to 11 vs 10, we were asked a question: could we handle the extra man? Could we find a game that we understand how to play against 10 men? The players responded to that magnificently.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell, Ndidi (Barnes 45), Albrighton (Gray 86), Tielemans, Choudhury (Mendy 79), Maddison, Vardy.
Substitutes: Söyüncü, Iheanacho, Ward, Fuchs.
Arsenal: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Papastathopoulos, Kolasinac, Mkhitaryan (Guendouzi 73), Torreira, Xhaka, Iwobi (Koscielny 45), Aubameyang, Lacazette (Nketiah 79).
Substitutes:Cech, Elneny, Mavropanos, Willock.
Referee: Michael Oliver. Attendance: 32,037.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Leicester beaten by Newcastle after Rafa does his homework

Leicester City 0:1 Newcastle United

Leicester City v Newcastle United - Premier League

City suffered a frustrating evening at the King Power Stadium on Friday night as Newcastle defended solidly and engineered a 1-0 win…

Brendan Rodgers made one change to his side with Maguire in for Söyüncü, while Albrighton returned to the bench after four months out with injury.
In a lively start Newcastle were the first to threaten in the second minute when Lascelles got a header on target from the corner, but it didn’t trouble Schmeichel.
As play swept up the other end Barnes crossed for Vardy, but his near post flick was easily saved by Dubravka.
After these early exchanges the game settled in a pattern of City possession with Newcastle denying them any space and looking to hit on the break.

Leicester City v Newcastle United - Premier League

Barnes fired a shot well over, but City’s passing wasn’t up to the standard of recent weeks and they were struggling to create anything.
In the 15th minute, with the scoreboard showing that City had 81% possession, Rondon sent a well-struck free-kick against the bar. So much for stats.
Chilwell then played a one-two with Maddison into the area, but Chilwell’s shot didn’t have enough to beat Dubravka.
After a couple of speculative shots from Almiron and Hayden, Barnes raced past two markers before firing in a shot that was too close to Dubravka, who gathered at the second attempt.
Newcastle had looked threatening going forward, and took a 32nd minute lead. Ritchie whipped in a great cross from the left and Perez, nipping ahead of Morgan, produced a fine header that looped over Schmeichel and into the net.

Leicester City v Newcastle United - Premier League

Two minutes later Newcastle could have gone further ahead when Almiron outpaced Morgan down the left channel and fired in a low shot that Schmeichel had to get down smartly to to block at his near post.
City looked a bit rattled and their frustration saw Tielemans booked for a nasty late challenge on Ki. They were the side who were happier to hear the half time whistle.

City didn’t come racing out of the traps for the second half. The first effort saw Ndidi ballooning a shot well over the bar in the 50th minute and then Almiron did similar at the other end.
City didn’t create a chance until the 62nd minute, when Maddison’s cross from the left grazed Vardy’s forehead before going wide.

Leicester City v Newcastle United - Premier League

With City unable to find any space in Newcastle’s third, the best chance of scoring appeared to be from a free-kick. But when Maddison earned one 25 yards out, he opted for a pass which went straight into the Newcastle wall.
The frustration was bubbling and in the 68th minute Schmeichel earned himself a yellow card for coming out to the halfway line to berate the ref about something that had mysteriously enraged him. Something had to change and in the 72nd minute Rodgers brought Iheanacho and Mendy on for Gray and Ndidi.
In the 75th minute a foul on Maguire saw a yellow card for Schar and a free-kick in Maddison territory. But he couldn’t repeat his recent successes, sending his shot sailing into the Kop.
Perez then wriggled his way  through the penalty area before Schmeichel managed to block his effort from close range.
City’s best chance of the night came in the 79th minute when Tielemans fed a fine ball through to Vardy, but he lifted his effort over both keeper and bar.
The biggest cheer of the night from the home fans came when Albrighton was introduced for Barnes with ten minutes remaining.

Leicester City v Newcastle United - Premier League

City pressed forward, switched play from left to right, and tried to get in behind on both flanks, but they were met with a black and white striped wall and could not find a way through. Too many players had an off day and Rafa Benitez had clearly done his homework on how to negate City’s routes to goal.
The four-match winning streak was over and 7th place was beginning to look a little beyond them.

Brendan Rodgers summed up: “It was one of those nights where it didn’t quite come off for us but the players gave everything. We’ll go away and analyse it and hopefully we’ll be better the next time we face that kind of opponent. It’s obviously disappointing when you lose any game. The important thing is learning from it, we’re here to help the team improve eventually in these types of games.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Ndidi (Mendy 72), Gray (Iheanacho 72), Tielemans, Maddison, Barnes (Albrighton 80), Vardy.
Substitutes:Evans, Ward, Okazaki, Fuchs.
Newcastle: Dubravka, Manquillo, Schär, Lascelles, Dummett, Ritchie, Pérez,
Hayden, Ki Sung-yueng (Diamé 82), Almirón (Atsu 78), Rondón.
Substitutes: Shelvey, Muto, Fernandez, Yedlin, Darlow.

Referee: Chris Kavanagh. Attendance: 32,108.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber. 

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Can’t Buy That Feeling – Inside Leicester City – The Best of The Fox Interviews

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We have finally got round to compiling all our interviews into one book and it is available now from Conker Editions Ltd HERE
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The FOX has been interviewing Leicester City players, managers, famous fans and board members for almost three decades, building up a body of work that takes you right into the very fabric of the club, with memories spanning the last 60 years.

As a City fan, you’ve come to know hundreds of players through their performance on the pitch, through potted career biographies and football sticker images. But what about the real characters behind the blue shirt and the back-page reports?

Can’t Buy That Feeling takes you inside Leicester City from the perspective of those who were there – behind the scenes at the long-running soap opera packed with comedy and tragedy, triumph and disaster, financial ruin and amazing title wins.

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Centurion Vardy seals Rodgers first home win

Leicester City 3:1 Fulham

Leicester City v Fulham - Premier League

Jamie Vardy’s 100th goal secured a 3-1 win over Fulham at the KPS on Saturday after the visitors had threatened a comeback…

Brendan Rodgers made one change to his side for the visit of doomed Fulham, with Gray in for Morgan and a change of formation that showed he may be more adaptable than his predecessor.
After a couple of early Fulham corners, City gained control of the play and their first chance arrived in the 6th minute. Barnes teed up Tielemans inside the area but he fired his shot over the angle.
As City pressed forward Ricardo shanked a shot well wide and Ndidi sent a long range effort over the bar.
City were playing some good football, with Barnes and Maddison providing some great touches, and the latter sent Vardy in behind the Fulham defence, but he was denied by a late Nordtveit block.
City took what seemed like an inevitable lead in the 20th minute.
Ndidi played a ball forward to Vardy, who generously squared to Tielemans as Rico rushed out to meet him. The Belgian took a touch round Ream before slotting home his first goal for the club.
City went close again three minutes later, but Barnes didn’t get quite enough curl on his shot and it went narrowly wide.

Leicester City v Fulham - Premier League

It was all City at this stage with Fulham offering very little and Schmeichel a spectator, but they couldn’t add a second before the break. Maddison sent a couple of shots wide, Vardy had shot blocked, and Tielemans forced a save from Rico.

Although City had the first chance of the second half when Tielemans crossed for Vardy who headed wide, they suffered a setback in the 51st minute when Fulham converted their first chance of the game. Ayite beat Chilwell down the right and cut inside into the area, before sending his shot in off Maguire, the deflection deceiving Schmeichel.

Leicester City v Fulham - Premier League

It was a soft goal, and appeared to knock City’s confidence and boost Fulham’s.
Although Rico tipped a Barnes shot round the post at full-stretch Fulham were threatening now. Babel sent a shot wide from a good position and then Schmeichel had to scramble across goal to save a well directed Mitrovic header.
With City having lost all their zip of the first half, Rodgers made a double change in the 71st minute bringing on Ghezzal and Okazaki for Gray and Tielemans.
This had a positive effect and City regained their lead in the 77th minute. Nordtveit gave the ball away in midfield and Maddison played a beautifully weighted ball to send Vardy racing in on goal and he fired a shot across Rico to claim his 99th goal for the club.

Leicester City v Fulham - Premier League

Rodgers then brought Mendy on for Maddison to augment City’s defence, though Fulham’s spirit was broken and City were doing all the attacking.
Okazaki forced a save from Rico and Mendy fired a shot over.
With five minutes remaining Vardy achieved his 100th goal milestone.
Barnes shrugged off a strong challenge down the left and squared the ball for Vardy who side-footed his 100th goal for the club past Rico, capping off a fine afternoon at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester City v Fulham - Premier League

Rodgers was full of praise for a striker who was now being given the opportunity to strike again: “He’s showed over the past couple of years that he’s a world-class striker. I’m just really glad that he’s here. He’s a brilliant focal point for the team.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell, Tielemans (Ghezzal 72), Ndidi, Gray (Okazaki 72), Maddison (Mendy 81), Barnes, Vardy.
Substitutes: Morgan, Iheanacho, Ward, Fuchs.
Fulham: Rico, Odoi, Nordtveit, Ream, Bryan, Chambers, McDonald (Vietto 82), Cairney, Babel (Seri 67), Mitrovic, Sessegnon (Ayité 45).
Substitutes: Le Marchand, Christie, Zambo Anguissa, Fabri.

Referee: David Coote. Attendance: 32,017.

Photos: Simon Kimber.

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Can’t Buy That Feeling – Inside Leicester City – The Best of The Fox Interviews

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We have finally got round to compiling all our interviews into one book and it is available now from Conker Editions Ltd HERE
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Also available from the Leicester City Fanstore and Waterstones in Leicester.

The FOX has been interviewing Leicester City players, managers, famous fans and board members for almost three decades, building up a body of work that takes you right into the very fabric of the club, with memories spanning the last 60 years.

As a City fan, you’ve come to know hundreds of players through their performance on the pitch, through potted career biographies and football sticker images. But what about the real characters behind the blue shirt and the back-page reports?

Can’t Buy That Feeling takes you inside Leicester City from the perspective of those who were there – behind the scenes at the long-running soap opera packed with comedy and tragedy, triumph and disaster, financial ruin and amazing title wins.

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Palace defeat is Claude Puel’s Waterloo

Leicester City 1:4 Crystal Palace

Leicester City v Crystal Palace - Premier League

Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace proved to be Claude Puel’s last game in charge…

Puel made two changes to his starting line-up with Vardy reinstated as striker for Gray and Fuchs replacing the injured Chilwell.
Before kick off there was a rousing minute’s applause in memory of the great Gordon Banks of Leicester City and England.

Leicester City v Crystal Palace - Premier League

City got off to a promising start and won a free kick 30 yards out when Schlupp brought Maddison down. Maddison played it to Tielemans but his shot was closed down and deflected within reach of Guaita in the Palace goal.
In the 9th minute a good run and cross from Barnes saw Vardy flashing his header over the bar. A minute later Vardy teed Maddison up for a shot, which deflected wide off  Sakho’s shoulder.
Tielemans then played a one-two with Barnes but his shot was gathered comfortably by Guaita.
A break upfield was halted when Zaha’s challenge on Tielemans saw stud on shin, but he escaped a yellow card.
City were in complete control at this stage, but a low shot from Barnes failed to test Guaita and then Ndidi ballooned an effort well high and wide.
Maddison was brought down twice on the edge of the area, but miscued his first free-kick and his second hit the wall.
After 36 minutes of play frequently punctuated by Palace fouls, referee Anthony Taylor finally produced a yellow card – for a Ndidi trip on Schlupp, which provoked howls of derision from the stands.
City continued to press forward, but weren’t really hurting Palace, and then came the sting in the tail four minutes before the break. After loud appeals for a penalty when Barnes was dispossessed by Tomkins in the area Palace broke upfield. Taylor awarded a very dubious free-kick in the centre-circle but Palace were more alert to the chance and Milivojevic played a quick ball forward to McArthur, whose shot looked to be going wide before Batshuayi stuck out a leg to beat the wrong-footed Schmeichel.
It was Palace’s first chance of the game, and saw City trailing at half time.

Ghezzal, who had sent several passes astray, was replaced by Gray for the second half.
City continued to dominate as they looked for a way back into the game. Fuchs failed to apply enough head to a great Evans cross, and the ball sailed wide.
Maddison then won yet another free kick on the edge of the area, but hit it against the wall again.
Tielemans and Barnes were combining well on the left, but the final ball was always found wanting, as the frustration grew.
Maddison then appeared to try and score direct from a corner but Guaita read the swerving ball well and easily claimed.
City finally made the breakthrough in the 64h minute. Palace failed to clear a Fuchs long throw and the ball fell to Barnes who fired it into the middle where Evans met it perfectly to fire home from 7 yards.

Leicester City v Crystal Palace - Premier League

City turned up the pressure in pursuit of a winner, but were caught on the break with 20 minutes remaining. A Maddison corner was hit too long and Palace raced upfield. McArthur picked out an unmarked Zaha with a looping ball and he crashed a side-footed volley past Schmeichel to restore Palace’s lead.

Leicester City v Crystal Palace - Premier League

In the 74th minute Puel brought Iheanacho on for Tielemans, and loud booing rang round the stadium.
City wasted a couple of corners, before Palace struck again in the 81st minute.
As Schlupp went past Evans in the area the City defender hung out a leg and Schlupp flew through the air. Taylor pointed to the spot, booked a furiously protesting Schmeichel, and Milivojevic sent the City keeper the wrong way with a cool spot-kick.

Leicester City v Crystal Palace - Premier League

Okazaki then replaced Barnes, to more booing, before Palace added a fourth in time-added-on in a half empty stadium. Maguire lost possession trying to carry the ball forward and Palace raced upfield again. Ayew set up Zaha, for a shot that had too much pace for Schmeichel to block.
By the final whistle the stadium was almost empty.

Claude Puel’s comments proved to be his epitath with his sacking announced on Sunday morning: “We tried a lot of good moves, without success.”

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Maguire, Fuchs, Tielemans (Iheanacho 74), Ndidi, Maddison, Ghezzal (Gray 45), Vardy, Barnes (Okazaki 85).
Substitutes: Söyüncü, Morgan, Ward, Mendy.
Palace: Guaita, Ward, Tomkins, Sakho, (Dann 77), van Aanholt, McArthur, Milivojevic, Schlupp, Townsend (Kouyaté 80), Batshuayi (Ayew 86), Zaha.
Substitutes: Meyer, Hennessey, Benteke, Riedewald.

Referee: 
Anthony Taylor. Attendance: 31,778.

All Photos: Simon Kimber.

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Can’t Buy That Feeling – Inside Leicester City – The Best of The Fox Interviews

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We have finally got round to compiling all our interviews into one book and it is available now from Conker Editions Ltd HERE
and Amazon HERE

Also available from the Leicester City Fanstore and Waterstones in Leicester.

The FOX has been interviewing Leicester City players, managers, famous fans and board members for almost three decades, building up a body of work that takes you right into the very fabric of the club, with memories spanning the last 60 years.

As a City fan, you’ve come to know hundreds of players through their performance on the pitch, through potted career biographies and football sticker images. But what about the real characters behind the blue shirt and the back-page reports?

Can’t Buy That Feeling takes you inside Leicester City from the perspective of those who were there – behind the scenes at the long-running soap opera packed with comedy and tragedy, triumph and disaster, financial ruin and amazing title wins.

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Goal-shy Leicester edged out by United

Leicester City 0:1 Manchester United

Leicester City v Manchester United - Premier League

City got off to their usual poor start and then failed to take their chances against Manchester United at the KPS on Sunday…

Claude Puel made one change to the side that drew at Anfield, with Barnes in for the injured Albrighton, while new signing Youri Tielemans didn’t make the squad.
City had conceded within the first eleven minutes for four games running and they got an early warning shot across the boughs. A good cross from Shaw found Rashford unmarked at the far post but his header missed the target from close range.
But this was only a temporary reprieve. In the 9th minute Ricardo played a ball infield from the right back position that went past Mendy, allowing Pogba to send a superb ball over the defence to Rashford. He cushioned it down into his path before crashing a shot past Schmeichel.

Leicester City v Manchester United - Premier League

This left City chasing the game again, and United were fairly content to sit back.
In the 15th minute Maddison found a bit of room after some pinball on the edge of the area, but Shaw flew in to block his shot.
Maddison then set off on a run through the middle but had his heels clipped by Lingard who was yellow carded by Mike Dean.
City were doing all the attacking at this stage as proved by a pigeon that wandered round undisturbed in City’s half for a good 15 minutes. Maddison shot straight at De Gea, and Bailly stuck his head in the way of a fierce Gray shot.
A couple of City corners then saw Maguire penalised for a foul and Evans heading wide when he looked well placed to score against his former club.
As City pressed forward again Ricardo was hauled down by Matic, earning a yellow card. Although Maddision’s free kick went wrong, the ball ended up with Barnes who sent a curling effort a yard wide.
City were almost caught out in first half injury time after a poor touch from Mendy, but Rashford’s shot didn’t test Schmeichel.

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City came racing out of the blocks at the start of the second half.
Barnes combined well with Maddison in a crowded area but sent his shot flying across the face of goal from a tight angle. Then Maddison swerved his way past two challenges in the area before finding the side-netting with a low shot.
But United managed to calm things down and Rashford sent a shot wide. Mendy on a yellow card, was lucky that Mike Dean didn’t see him wrestling Pogba to the ground in the build up to this chance.
City went close in the 61st minute after Matic brought Vardy down 25 yards out.
Maddison’s free-kick looped up off the wall but Vardy’s overhead volley was saved by De Gea, who manged to grab the ball before Barnes could nip in.
Claude Puel then made his first change, replacing Maddison with Ghezzal, and it wasn’t popular. Loud booing and chants of “You don’t know what you’re doing!” rang out.
United looked comfortable at the back at this stage, with City reduced to a couple of wildly off-target shots from Ndidi and Barnes, Puel made another change with Okazaki on for Gray.
In the 77th minute Shaw fouled Ghezzal 25 yards out. Ricardo stepped over the ball and Ghezzal fired an excellent shot towards the top right hand corner, but De Gea reacted superbly to tip it over.

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Three minutes later Ghezzal delivered another free-kick, , nodded back by Maguire, for Evans who missed the ball completely with the goal at his mercy.
Puel then replaced Mendy – who looked a likely contender for Mike Dean’s 100th red card with a series of fouls – with Iheanacho.
With two minutes remaining United broke upfield and Pogba set up Lukaku for a drive that forced a good save from Schmeichel.
Play then switched to the other end with a storming 60 yard run down the right from Barnes. He found Vardy in the area, but his hurried first time effort went tamely straight into De Gea’s arms.
In the 90th minute Ghezzal crossed for Iheanacho who produced a bizarre headed clearance that sent United racing forward, but Schmeichel managed to save Martial’s effort.
City final change came in the fourth minute of time-added-on when a Ghezzal cross bounced through to Maguire, but it reached him at an awkward height and his half-volley flew wide of the far post.
United had now won nine and drawn one of their ten games under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but they hadn’t really had to get out of third gear to claim the points.
Another poor start and some wasted chances saw another home defeat for City, who had been better than United for much of the game but also managed to look strangely disjointed at times.
Claude Puel wasn’t happy:  “When you see all the chances and half-chances we had, we deserve a minimum of a draw. I think it’s not a fair result but I’m angry about our poor performance at the beginning of the game. To concede another goal early, to have to chase the game is always difficult. I don’t understand sometimes, it’s crazy. At the beginning we don’t believe enough in our quality because after when we play, we play forward with good intention and can hurt a team like United.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell, Mendy (Iheanacho 84), Ndidi, Gray (Okazaki 74), Maddison (Ghezzal 62), Barnes, Vardy.
Substitutes: Morgan, Ward, Fuchs, Choudhury.
Man Utd: De Gea, Young, Bailly, Lindelöf, Shaw, Matic, Herrera, Pogba, Lingard (Jones 90), Sánchez (Martial 67), Rashford (Lukaku 78).
Substitutes: Mata, Fred, Dalot, Romero.

Referee: 
Mike Dean. Attendance: 32,148.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.

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Can’t Buy That Feeling – Inside Leicester City – The Best of The Fox Interviews

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We have finally got round to compiling all our interviews into one book and it is available now from Conker Editions Ltd HERE
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Also available from the Leicester City Fanstore and Waterstones in Leicester.

The FOX has been interviewing Leicester City players, managers, famous fans and board members for almost three decades, building up a body of work that takes you right into the very fabric of the club, with memories spanning the last 60 years.

As a City fan, you’ve come to know hundreds of players through their performance on the pitch, through potted career biographies and football sticker images. But what about the real characters behind the blue shirt and the back-page reports?

Can’t Buy That Feeling takes you inside Leicester City from the perspective of those who were there – behind the scenes at the long-running soap opera packed with comedy and tragedy, triumph and disaster, financial ruin and amazing title wins.

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Ricardo cracker sees Leicester beat the Champions

Leicester City 2:1 Manchester City

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City came from behind to beat Manchester City at the KPS on Boxing Day, with a scorching 81st minute winner from Ricardo Pereira…

Claude Puel stuck with the same starting line-up from the win at Chelsea for the visit of the Champions and it was to produce another victory.
Man City hogged possession in the early stages but City looked fairly comfortable at the back, until they were unlocked in the 14th minute.
Aguero fed a ball through to Bernardo Silva who timed his run perfectly to stay onside and had time to place his shot past Schmeichel.

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Although going a goal down to a side like Man City early on can deaden the atmosphere, City struck back five minutes later. After a period of pressure from the visitors, which saw shots straight at Schmeichel from Sané and De Bruyne, City broke upfield.
Vardy cut in from the left and sent a ball over to the far post where Albrighton had raced clear of his marker to nod the ball back across Ederson and into the net.
Man City applied the pressure again, but on the half hour Claude Puel wrote a short letter to Maddison, informing him that he was to play behind Vardy, with Choudhury moving to the right and Albrighton to the left.

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After this switch round, City were the better side and began to create much more going forward.
They had a scare in the 37th minute though, when some poor distribution from Schmeichel led to Sané squaring to Aguero, who jabbed the ball over the bar from six yards.
Maddison had a shot saved by Ederson at his near post, and then a Chilwell cross from the left found Choudhury at the far post but he didn’t get good contact on a difficult chance and the ball went across the goalmouth before it was cleared by Stones.

Leicester City v Manchester City - Premier League

Maddison and Maguire also sent chances wide as City dominated up to the break and it was the visitors who were happiest to hear the half time whistle.

Maddison had the first chance of the second half, but sent his long range effort a couple of yards wide.
Although the visitors weren’t at their best they were still a constant threat and City had to work hard, hunt in packs, and get their tackles in.
Maguire went in a bit too hard, clattering Bernardo Silva from behind to pick up a yellow card, but he made amends clearing the free-kick with a towering header.
Man City were pressing hard now and Claude Puel made a change in the 62nd minute, bringing Gray on for Choudhury, who was cheered to the rafters.
Morgan produced a fine block to deny Sané, and Schmeichel slid out to smother a De Bruyne effort and the Champions continued to threaten, but City had a good chance of their own. Maddison sent Vardy in down the left, but Laporte got in with a fine block tackle as he pulled the trigger.
Maguire did the same at the other end to rob Sané as he looked to be clear on goal. With Maguire on a yellow it had to be a perfectly timed challenge, and it was.

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Man City appeared to be running out of steam, and another change, Simpson on for Maddison in the 77th minute, appeared to turn the tide with Ricardo free to go forward.
City pressed forward, and earned a corner in the 81st minute. Albrighton’s delivery was poor, with Sané heading it away from the far post. The loose ball went to Ricardo, 18 yards out, and he took a touch before lashing it across the crowded penalty area, beyond Ederson and into the net.
The KPS exploded with joy and City were nine minutes away from an unlikely Christmas double.

Leicester City v Manchester City - Premier League

Pep Guardiola brought Mahrez on for Bernado Silva, but City were looking comfortable at the back and managing the game well. Sané fired a shot well over, as did Gray at the other end. The final change came in the 88th minute when Okazaki replaced Vardy, but then Man City were reduced to ten men when Delph followed through after a challenge and caught Ricardo on the knee. Although Ricardo swiftly got back to his feet referee Mike Dean had a quick consultation with his linesman and produced a straight red.
City retained possession well for the remainder of the game and the final whistle confirmed a second superb victory in four days.
The six points against top six opponents shifted City up to 7th place and relieved what had been mounting pressure on Claude Puel.
Puel commented: “We need now to maintain a level. I will see the recovery of the players. The most important game will be against Cardiff. We created the upset but we played against top sides. It was just a challenge. I would like to congratulate my players – it was amazing.”

It was indeed amazing. Merry Christmas.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Morgan, Maguire, Chilwell, Choudhury (Gray 63), Mendy, Ndidi, Albrighton, Vardy (Okazaki 88), Maddison (Simpson 78).
Substitutes: Evans, Ward, Iborra, Ghezzal.
Man City: Ederson, Danilo, Stones, Laporte, Delph, De Bruyne (Silva 70), Gündogan, Bernardo Silva (Mahrez 83), Sterling, Agüero, Sané.
Substitutes: Walker, Otamendi, Zinchenko, Foden, Muric.

Referee: Mike Dean. Attendance: 32,090.

PHOTOS: Simon Kimber.
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FOX 210 is out now and is dedicated to the memory of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabh and the others who died in the tragedy at the King Power Stadium.
Many thanks to everyone who contributed and we hope it is a fitting tribute.

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