Leicester City

Brendan Rodgers would “embrace” Europa League challenge

The Foxes are in a fight for seventh place in the Premier League. Brendan Rodgers fears European qualification could pose problems for Leicester, but he would still relish the challenge. The Foxes are among a host of teams in with a chance of finishing in seventh place, which would secure a Europa League spot if Manchester City win the FA Cup. Many see the competition as a poisoned chalice, with a qualifying campaign likely to start in July, and Rodgers, who only took over the Foxes in February, would rather get a full pre-season with his squad. However, he said: “If we qualified we’d have to embrace it. My job, my objective when I came here was to look to try and challenge for a European place. “It’s very, very difficult with the teams in that top six, but can we f...

Manuel Pellegrini laments “big mistakes” in Leicester draw

Manuel Pellegrini was left counting the cost of wrong offside calls for the second week running after Leicester snatched a point at West Ham. With the Hammers leading 2-1 in the final minute, substitute Lucas Perez rounded Foxes keeper Kasper Schmeichel and rolled the ball into the net. The Spaniard was flagged offside, although replays showed he was level with Ben Chilwell when he latched onto Pedro Obiang’s through-ball. Two minutes later Leicester equalised when substitute Harvey Barnes clipped in his first goal for the club to secure a 2-2 draw and leave Pellegrini frustrated again. “Thankfully VAR isn’t out yet, so it’s worked for us today,” admitted Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers. Just last weekend Felipe Anderson had a goal wrongly chalked off for offsi...

Result: Harvey Barnes rescues late Leicester City point at West Ham United

Harvey Barnes pulled the rug out from under West Ham as Leicester snatched a 2-2 draw at the London Stadium. The 21-year-old substitute grabbed his first Foxes goal in stoppage time to salvage a point for Brendan Rodgers’ side. Jamie Vardy had earlier cancelled out Michail Antonio‘s first-half header before Lucas Perez fired West Ham back in front nine minutes from the end. A first #lcfc goal for @harveybarnes97 secures a point in the capital! 👏#WhuLei pic.twitter.com/Y1MAYTYjy7 — Leicester City (@LCFC) April 20, 2019 It was a lively end to a match which for long periods had all the hallmarks of an end-of-season run in the sunshine. West Ham laid out their new claret carpet before the game and for much of the first half the two goalkeepers could have brought armchairs along as ...

Brendan Rodgers: Seventh “could come too early” for Leicester City

Brendan Rodgers believes Europa League qualification could come too soon for Leicester – but the Foxes boss would embrace the challenge if it presented itself. Leicester are currently seventh in the Premier League table and that would see them return to Europe next season if Manchester City beat Watford in the FA Cup final. Rodgers, who has won four of his six matches in charge since replacing Claude Puel last month, has stated his aim to establish the club in the top six and is unsure whether a Europa League campaign next season would help or hinder that goal. “There’s an argument for and against it,” said Rodgers. “It could come too early for us, especially when we’re trying to create something, but it’s always difficult to turn it down if the opportun...

Chelsea after Ajax attacker Hakim Ziyech?

A report claims that Hakim Ziyech, who has starred for Ajax this season, is wanted by Premier League giants Chelsea. Chelsea are reportedly in the running to sign talented Ajax attacker Hakim Ziyech at the end of the season. The Blues are on the lookout for a new wideman to fill the void that will be left by Eden Hazard‘s likely departure to Real Madrid. Ziyech is enjoying another impressive campaign for the Dutch giants, scoring 17 times and chipping in with a further 14 assists in the Eredivisie and Champions League. Ajax are bracing themselves for offers this summer, as was the case last year, and Suddeutsche Zeitung suggests that Chelsea may be one of those to make an approach. Bayern Munich, Everton, Arsenal and Leicester City have also been credited with an interest in the £30m...

Premier League Team of the Week – Lucas Moura, Kevin De Bruyne, Virgil van Dijk

Sports Mole selects its Premier League team of the week for gameweek 34, including Lucas Moura, Kevin De Bruyne and Virgil van Dijk. The 2018-19 Premier League season edged one more game towards its conclusion this weekend, with Liverpool still leading a title race which looks set to go down to the wire. Manchester City momentarily returned to the top of the table with a 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday, but the Reds responded by beating Chelsea 2-0 at Anfield to move two points clear – albeit having played a game more than the champions. Chelsea’s defeat at Anfield saw their top-four hopes take a blow as Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Arsenal all won, with Spurs among the biggest victors of the weekend courtesy of their 4-0 triumph over relegated Huddersfiel...

Brendan Rodgers ‘wants to reunite with Daniel Sturridge at Leicester City’

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has reportedly set his sights on a possible reunion with Daniel Sturridge, who he worked with at Liverpool. Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers is reportedly considering a reunion with Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge this summer. The 29-year-old is due to become a free agent at the end of the season and the Reds have offered little indication that he will be part of their plans beyond that point. A move to Major League Soccer is believed to be an option for Sturridge, but The Sun suggests that he may be offered the chance to stay in the Premier League with Leicester. Rodgers spent time with Sturridge at Anfield, coming close to winning the title together in the 2013-14 campaign, and the report claims that he is interested in working with the Eng...

Ayoze Perez insists Newcastle now safe in Premier League

Ayoze Perez believes Newcastle are now safe from relegation, but doubts that would be the case if Rafael Benitez was not in charge. The forward’s eighth goal of the season earned them a 1-0 win at Leicester on Friday to move the Magpies onto 38 points. Newcastle have four games left and have to play Southampton, Brighton and Fulham – all teams below them – along with Liverpool. The Magpies are not mathematically safe from the drop but Perez is sure they have survived. “It’s fair enough to say we’re a Premier League team again next season, it was a great effort from the lads and a great three points,” he said. “We’re still very professional and know we can get even better and carry on the same way. We have four to go and we have the ambition to keep...

Rafael Benitez reveals new Newcastle United contract is “closer”

Boss Rafael Benitez hinted he is preparing to stay at Newcastle and believes his future will be resolved quicker with the Magpies on the brink survival. Ayoze Perez‘s excellent first-half header earned the Magpies a 1-0 win at Leicester on Friday. They are 10 points clear of the Premier League’s bottom three – although every team below them has games in hand – with four matches left. That victory lifts @NUFC 10 points clear of the #PL bottom three#LEINEW pic.twitter.com/cRobKgtBpu — Premier League (@premierleague) April 12, 2019 It was just Newcastle’s third away win of the season – and first since December. Benitez is out of contract at the end of the season and, while he remained cautious about survival, believes victory at Leicester will help sort his future. He said: ...

Result: Ayoze Perez puts Newcastle within a whisker of safety

Ayoze Perez eased Newcastle’s relegation fears as the Magpies ended their away win drought at Leicester. The striker’s eighth goal of the season earned the Magpies a 1-0 victory and their first victory on the road since December. It moved Newcastle up to 13th, 10 points clear of the Premier League’s relegation zone, having played up to two games more than their rivals with four matches remaining. Ayoze Perez (left) was United’s hero (Nick Potts/PA) Salomon Rondon’s splendid first-half free kick hit the bar for Newcastle and Jamie Vardy missed the Foxes’ best chance when he lifted over late on as the hosts’ four-game winning run ended. Defeat was also a major dent in the race for seventh and a possible Europa League spot with Watford, Everton and Wolves all ready to take advantage over the ...

Harry Maguire: Brendan Rodgers “breeds confidence”

Harry Maguire has saluted Brendan Rodgers‘ impact as Leicester target their best run for two years. The Foxes host Newcastle on Friday aiming for a fifth straight Premier League win, something they have not achieved since Craig Shakespeare’s first games as boss in 2017. They are seventh, leading the race for a possible Europa League spot, and Maguire believes Rodgers’ influence is key. “He’s a really good coach who will improve us as a team massively. The club has shown really great ambition in luring him here,” said the England defender. “He breeds confidence into players, he’s helping to bring the younger players through, does a lot of work on the training pitch and his man management is really top. He’s made a really big impact. R...

Brendan Rodgers: ‘Our rivals have advantage in race for Europe’

Leicester are aiming for their best run in the top flight for two years. Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers believes the Foxes are underdogs in the race for Europe. They host Newcastle on Friday aiming for a fifth-straight win – which would be their best Premier League run for two years. Their form has lifted them to seventh – which would earn a Europa League spot if Manchester City win the FA Cup. Leicester are ahead of Wolves on goal difference – having played a game more – and a point above Everton and Watford, and Rodgers feels they are favourites ahead of his side. He said: “While you’re playing well you claim the points but others will still have an advantage with the games to play. “It (European qualification) wasn’t something that we thought about coming in. The...

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