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  1. 189 points
    The Foxes Talk summer summed up in one GIF:
  2. 120 points
    Player literally asking the fans to stop being bellends
  3. 77 points
    Claude Puel calls for a Leicester City reality check The City boss discusses the criticism he has received and the speculation over his future, as well as his public image Claude Puel has called for a reality check at Leicester City as he hit back at his critics. City are seventh in the Premier League, but that hasn’t stopped the Frenchman coming under fire from a section of supporters who have become disillusioned with his style of play and the inconsistencies of his young side. Puel has also been the subject of media reports that his job was in doubt on several occasions, and the criticism intensified after he made seven changes for the FA Cup third-round tie at Newport County, and paid the price as Citysuffered a shock giant-killing. Puel admits it has been difficult to manage the negativity that is around his team, but he believes considering the problems his side has faced in the first half of the season and the fact they are competing against clubs with more resources, his side have done a good job to sit seventh in the table. Puel accepts City’s title triumph of 2016 has raised expectations, but he said it wasn’t realistic to think they should be competing in the top six again and called for his emerging young players to be given more time and patience. “I think it’s a shame because for a club to continue to improve we need stability,” Puel said of the criticism and negativity around City. “Stability is not about the speculation around the club, inside, outside the club. It is important to support these young players who continue to improve and put in a good structure in the club, good basics to perform in the future. “We know the normal difficulties to improve young players and get results. Normally it is not possible to improve young players and have the result at the same time. Normally when we improve the young players they perform later. “There is a lot of pressure around the club, but we try to maintain good results and good improvement of lots of players. Leicester City manager Claude Puel leaves the touchline after the Emirates FA Cup, third round match at Rodney Parade(Image: Nick Potts/PA Wire) “Since the beginning of the season I think we have done some fantastic work. I am happy about the work we can do, the hard work my players have given in training and in games. “To finish seventh in the first half season with all problems we have had, it’s a very good performance. If people believe we have to be sixth, that it should be our place, it is not the truth. It’s not possible. “And if they think eighth is not good enough, it’s crazy. “Of course we have difficulties to get a good atmosphere around the club. We need to be clever.” City made seven signings last summer but after the sales of Riyad Mahrez and Ahmed Musa, they had an estimated net spend of just £25million. Puel said the truth was they couldn’t go out and compete with the top clubs in the Premier League for ready-made players, but instead were invested in youth they feel they can develop themselves. “The question is how can we perform at this club? Do we have the same possibilities and money as Liverpool, Man City, Arsenal, Chelsea, or Everton, West Ham or Wolves? Do we have same possibilities? No,” said Puel. “How can we compete against these teams? We can’t buy the same players, experienced and consistent with a fantastic level. “We can perform if we can take some talented players, younger and develop them. Harvey Barnes trains with Leicester City for the first time after returning from his loan spell at West Brom(Image: Plumb Images/Getty Images) “Perhaps we have success. Then we keep them and in three to four years we can compete with the great teams. For me it is the only project we can have. “It was exceptional that Leicester won the title. If not it would be easy all the time to win the title. It was exceptional. If people think that was normal in the Premier League it is not the truth. “This club won the title and the expectation from all around the club, from fans sometimes and from people and journalists, the expectation is more advanced. It’s a higher level. “There’s a difference in the possibilities for Leicester and what people want to achieve and dream of, and what they are expect from us. “I accept this but all the time after a bad result there is pressure, and other teams with more money and more possibilities are behind us don’t have noise, speculation or other things. They can work with calm, without a problem. “We know the difficulties and the atmosphere around the club, for me and the players, for the club. “We have to manage this atmosphere and to try to keep all the time our calm and continue this project.” It was a similar story when Puel was manager of Southampton, who he faces tomorrow at King Power Stadium. He was sacked after one season despite finishing eighth in the table and taking the Saints to a cup final, but Puel was unpopular with sections of the supporters who didn’t like the football they witnessed. “Yes, perhaps (it’s the same), because before they finished sixth and the believed after sixth it would be fifth, fourth and so on,” said Puel. “Perhaps it was the same thing, I don’t know, but if we forget who we are it will be difficult afterwards. It is always important to be clever with ambition. “We need to have ambition but ambition to follow a project because the way is different because we cannot pay, we cannot buy. Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City warms up ahead of his side's clash with Leicester City(Image: Plumb Images/Getty Images) “For example, when we lost Riyad Mahrez how can we replace him with the same level? It’s not possible. “We need to find different possibilities with different talented players and with a different profile to give strength to the team. “It costs a lot of money. A good example is Riyad became a great player but he was not a great player when he arrived in the club. “He made progress and I hope other players in our team have the ability to become great players with passion and hard work on the pitch and in training sessions. “To keep the right mentality is the most important thing and some teams can have an interest in our players because they show the world what we can do and the quality we can put into recruitment of young players and developing them - sometimes to buy young players and sometimes to come from the academy and develop. “It’s the way for us.” Puel also addressed his public persona and how that has affected perceptions of him. As he is asked, he shrugs and offers a weary smile. “Ah, the image! I saw in the past a lot of images with different managers,” he sighed. “They had a fantastic image, but now their teams play in the Championship. “The most important thing is not to be spectacular on the bench, it’s to try to perform on the pitch and develop a club and to have good consistency to compete and to make progress and keep ambition, just this.” It seemed Puel was in fighting mode after weeks of speculation and criticism, but he vowed to continue to soak up any negativity aimed at his young squad and vowed he would not waver from his plan. “My job is to take all this pressure without giving pressure to my team and the club. I take this pressure,” he said. “It’s not a problem for me, but I want my players to play without pressure, with freshness and freedom and this is the most important thing to continue their development. “I can take the pressure. I am solid, I have the habits, it’s not a problem.”
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  5. 69 points
    "It is with extreme difficulty that I write to express and offer my sincere condolences and support to the Srivaddhanaprabha and wider King Power family. "The tragic and shocking events of Saturday evening have impacted the football world in such a profound way with the news of Khun Vichai’s passing. "His quiet yet authoritative aura, presence and personality have had an immeasurable influence on English football. "The leadership and managerial processes he instilled and encouraged within Leicester City over a sustained period of time has borne fruit in such a way that people throughout the world witnessed the impossible by seeing a club win the Premier League in the most incredible circumstances. "This most definitely ensured the belief that sporting miracles can happen. I have been privileged to manage both clubs owned by King Power, and at Oud-Heverlee Leuven in Belgium, have the task of building a club which can emulate King Power’s success in England. "My regret is that he will not see the fruition of his vision. It is an important point to remember that, with both clubs, he chose to invest in clubs with potential, to nurture a club with a soul and culture founded on sound values, rather than achieving a ‘quick fix’. "He has invested not just substantial financial support, but invested in the people and communities of these clubs. We here at Oud-Heverlee Leuven are still at an early stage, but the dual investment has been substantial. "On a personal level, a manager could not have wished for a better boss. I have, through both good and difficult times, been afforded an unwavering support which has been a huge motivator and, in personally difficult times, a huge comfort. "His warmth, humour and generosity have always been extended to my own family, something for which we will all be eternally grateful for. I will miss his guidance and wisdom – and certainly his mischievous sense of humour and singular chuckle! "Our thoughts, of course, must now be with Khun Vichai’s immediate family, as well as the King Power family, and I’m sure the wider football world will offer some solace for his loved ones. I will miss 'The Boss'."
  6. 65 points
    As a Spurs fan who's spent the day fearing the worst for a club legend, condolences for this shocking event. Hoping for a miracle for the passengers and that there were no casualties on the ground. Best wishes to everybody at LCFC tonight and in the coming days.
  7. 58 points
    I classed myself as this after Man City, I was really annoyed but since then his tactics have been absolutely spot on and I've been delighted, we've beaten Everton, Chelsea and Man City and lost to Cardiff which could easily have gone the other way. His switch to three in central midfield was something no one on here suggested and it's been brilliant, even bringing through Hamza who now looks to me a better option than Mendy or Ndidi given the choice. What is really annoying is now those who wanted him out saying "it's the players" when we win but "it's the manager" when we lose - pathetic argument and echoes the morons saying the same about Pearson/Cambiasso. He makes mistakes, which manager doesn't? - but there is nothing better out there at the minute and he's bringing the youth players into a team that wins us matches. I'm happy to give him some time to build this team. He has ideas that I like, Ricardo and Chilwell are looking superb and I genuinely think we are only a couple of players away from a very good team. We are also 7th. I think people need to reflect on that. 7th best team in the country.
  8. 58 points
    Massive respect to the fans of other clubs taking the time to sign up on here and offer their thoughts and condolences. It's much appreciated and just shows the football family puts all rivalries to one side at times like this. Bless you all.
  9. 57 points
    All of us stayed in our seats though and paid our respects. What if his actions led to hundreds of others doing the same? We are all eternally grateful and thankful but there is a way of doing things, and running to a grieving man over a barrier doesn’t strike me as comforting. If you look at the letter he got he’s been banned for two months, which will be ended if he meets the security team on 29th December, not a season long ban or a banning order. The club are spot on in my view
  10. 56 points
    My favourite stat after today
  11. 46 points
    Few years ago, went on a date with a Tinder match. Went for drinks on Brauny gate, started well had a few and went to Soar Point for a few games of Pool. As up to this point I was the gentleman and bought all the drinks, she said she will get us a round. I said I will have a JD and Coke, which she shouted DOUBLE at. I like this woman. Anyway, after a few more hours of drinking, we were both quite drunk and went back to Brauny Gate, where she knocked her drink over which went over my crotch. She flirtily tried to dry it herself, but as it was the first date and she was drunk, I laughed it off and went toilet to dry up. Anyway, we decided to get some late night food. The first food place we came across was closing up, doors locked and the staff mopping. I said lets move on and she started banging at the window, shouting. Ok she is fiesty.. So then she says she wants a subway. I ask her what she wants, Tuna Melt.. 20 mins in she's got bits of Tuna all round her mouth and out of nowhere she grabs my head and kisses me. Breath stunk like a cats arse. Pulling Tuna out of my mouth, I decided I dont actually really like this girl and call her a taxi. She refuses to get in and says she wants to come home with me. 'Ok, we will go to mine'.. I help her get in, seatbelted up, jump back out, slam the door and literally run away...
  12. 46 points
    LCFC "Hello Mr fancy foreign footballer, this is our state of the art training complex which includes bedrooms for players and a 9 hole golf course" Player "It's lovely, but I've got an offer from Newcastle, so I'm going to speak to them first" NUFC "Alrreeeet Pet, the shitters are on the right. Bring ya own bog role though. What ya reckon, up for signing with us pet?" Player "Yo no hablo ingles"
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  14. 43 points
    We will never ever get over the events of the past 24 hours, it will now become a huge part of our clubs history, sadly for all the wrong reasons ? But I think I'm right in saying that,regardless of results, performances, league positions etc, let's be as loud, supportive, encouraging and loving every single match day for our lads, and show the world that we really are the greatest club on the planet!!! Always and forever in it together
  15. 42 points
    I'm a massive fan of what Pearson did for us, constantly moving us forward and assembling the building blocks for future success. However, I maintain he wasn't astute enough to win us the league himself, it needed a different vision, one which Ranieri could offer. So while we wouldn't have won the league with him, we wouldn't have won it without his earlier input. Some people are the right manager at the right time. Pearson was and then Ranieri was. I strongly doubt Ranieri could've done what Pearson did and vice versa. And what matters is that both did pretty much the right thing at the right time and we enjoyed the fruits of that. Let's be glad we had both. The end.
  16. 37 points
    We really are turning into a deluded billy big spuds lot of fans when they use embarrassing against teams that give there all. A lot of us really have forgot what we were all about now that’s embarrassing.
  17. 37 points
    You know over this last 6 months or so I have felt like a schizophrenic babbling nonsensical brain fart of a man thinking of why I just can’t decide if as fans we just need to grit our teeth and give Puel 18 months to 2 years or so to see how his vision pans out or get rid of the boring fvcker Fvck it let’s just get behind the lovely French dynamo and give him our 100 per cent support. The Newport result still rankles as does the Man City league cup QF result this year and last however let’s hope there are more signs of progress in the future as Puel shapes the squad etc Long Live King Claude.
  18. 35 points
    What a man. Enjoy your retirement Rob!
  19. 35 points
    Gif form, as I'm sure you'll all agree is needed for this incredible moment.
  20. 35 points
    “They had a fantastic image, but now their teams play in the Championship." ???????
  21. 35 points
    Welcome home, Claudio. Wish it could have been under better circumstances.
  22. 35 points
    I would imagine the club will fund a statue of Vichai in due course. But I wanted to run another idea by you guys that I've had to honour his memory and the lasting legacy he has left our city. I know there will be hundreds of ideas people will have of how to show our appreciation, so I apologise if this isn't for everyone. It's very well documented that he and his family donated vast sums of money to Leicestershire chilldrens hospitals and charities. The impact he has had on our city will stay with us for the rest of our lives. So I was thinking it would be very fitting, and certainly in the spirit of the great man himself if we could organise a donation in his name to a children's hospital in his home city of Bangkok. That way his legacy can live on in the 2 cities that probably meant the most to him. Would anyone back this idea? I have already done a small amount of research into charities and hospitals in Bangkok and think I might have found the perfect place.
  23. 34 points
    It's the 21st century and homophobia is rife still in football.
  24. 34 points
    We're officially saved, duderinos! Hirst scored as well! Two remarkable events on one evening ;-) ;-)
  25. 34 points
    Arsenal fan here, so sorry to hear the news about the helicopter crash last night. Whilst it hasn't been confirmed, it does appear as though your chairman has perished in this crash. A complete and utter tragedy this is. You couldn't get more detached from an owner than Silent Stan, who sits on his ranch lording it over Arsenal Football Club. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha by contrast is a real football man by all accounts, goes to the games and engages with the fans. It always happens to the nice guys.
  26. 33 points
    Planet Football28th August 2019 https://www.planetfootball.com/nostalgia/a-tribute-to-esteban-cambiasso-and-his-final-stand-with-leicester-city/ Esteban Cambiasso was never the obvious choice for an import who would thrive at a newly-promoted Premier League club, but he did all that and more in his year at Leicester. When Leicester City returned to the Premier League in 2014, there was little to suggest things would be much different to their relegation from the same division a decade earlier. They might have won the Championship at a canter, but their summer signings weren’t the kind to fill people with tons of confidence. Leo Ulloa and Tom Lawrence were brought in to boost the Foxes’ attack, but the most eye-catching deal was the one that saw Ulloa’s compatriot Esteban Cambiasso move to the East Midlands. Cambiasso had never played in England before, and he hadn’t played anywhere that wasn’t Inter Milan for a full decade. The Argentine played more than 400 games for Inter, and was on the books of the Italian club when he rounded off one of the finest ever World Cup team moves against Serbia & Montenegro in 2006. Still, a defensive midfielder, who had turned 34 a couple of weeks before joining – was this really what Leicester needed? Could he really gel with a Nigel Pearson squad? As it turns out, the answer to both questions was a resounding ‘yes’. A surprising impact Cambiasso’s arrival was greeted with references to plenty of other out-of-the-blue arrivals, from Youri Djorkaeff’s Bolton stint to Attilio Lombardo joining Crystal Palace. However, a lot of these were attack-minded players whose impact could be quantified far more easily than a man who was never picked for his scoring ability. Even if Cambiasso ended up thriving, it wouldn’t matter if the goals didn’t arrive from elsewhere. It was strange, then, that his first goal arrived in the sort of game that couldn’t be more different from the sensible, solid football he had provided under José Mourinho en route to winning the Champions League with Inter. Leicester and Manchester United had already exchanged five goals by the time Cambiasso pounced to turn the ball home after a Jamie Vardy miscontrol, but if there was ever any doubt about his commitment to his new club then that vanished the second you saw the passion that went into the celebration, Cambiasso’s final tally of five goals was more than he managed in any of his final three Inter seasons, but none were more important than his strike against West Ham in March. Leicester had dropped seven points adrift of safety with a 4-3 defeat to Tottenham, and it could have been an excuse for some of their players to down tools after recognising an already tall order was on the verge of morphing into an insurmountable task. Indeed, if you wanted to resort to cliché, the close-to-retirement South American with a Champions League title to his name would surely have been the hot favourite to decide this wasn’t for him. Yet Cambiasso was one of the main reasons the Foxes kept fighting. Early in the game against the Hammers, he let fly with a belter of a left-footed shot so pure it felt as though it represented the way he sought to dig the team out of the hole it had got itself into. It was if he was saying “we don’t need to give up”, looking at the way his compatriot Carlos Tevez helped wrest West Ham from a similar position after his own 4-3 loss to Spurs in 2007. With one swing of the boot, he loudly told the Premier League “no. I’m not done yet”. “I think the most important trophy is that Leicester City play next season in the Premier League,” Cambiasso said upon receiving his Player of the Year award at the end of the season, having helped the club pick up 22 points in their last nine games to climb from last to 14th, staying up with a game to spare. “I’m more of a team player than a star and I like the group trophies more than the individual trophies.” He opted to turn down the option of a contract extension despite having, in his words, “lived one of the most important years of my career”. Little did he know that, if he’d stuck around, the next year was poised to be even more special. However, when Wes Morgan and his Leicester team-mates lifted the Premier League trophy in 2016, they’ll have known none of it would have been possible without Esteban Cambiasso giving them the platform to thrive.
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  30. 32 points
    Hey guys. I 'm a Liverpool fan popping in. I just want to say that I think you are a great team. I also think that you are more than good enough to finish in the top four next season if your team is not broken up. I was obviously rooting for you guys today and can't fault anything you did. You were so good that it took a 30-yard pot shot from a Centrehalf that had not taken a shot outside the box in 6 years to beat you.
  31. 30 points
    He’s the manager who has beaten Chelsea and Manchester City and pinched a point at Liverpool this season but Claude Puel still divides opinion. The Leicester City coach has come under increasing pressure from fans and his own players for his style of play. So what are Puel’s Leicester all about? For this week’s Game Dissected we take a look at their strengths and weaknesses. Two numbers: one weakness, one strength Two hundred and twenty. That is how many chances Puel’s Leicester have created in the Premier League this season, which puts them 13th among Premier League teams, with fewer chances than Fulham (252), Crystal Palace (232) and Southampton (231), who are all farther down the actual table. Thirty one. That is how many goals Leicester have conceded in the league. Only Liverpool (14), Manchester City (20), Chelsea (23) and Tottenham (24) have conceded fewer. Here, in a very crude and simplistic way, lies the crux of the Puel dilemma. His sides can be tough to beat but they tend to be a bit laboured in possession and a bit predictable in their build-up play, struggling to score. They have scored three goals or more only three times this season. They beat League One Fleetwood 4-0 in the EFL Cup, beat Huddersfield 3-1 in the league and scored three against Wolves but lost 4-3. They may be low down the rankings when it comes to chances created but the graphic below tells a story about how they like to attack. With players providing good set-piece delivery, like James Maddison and Ben Chilwell, it is unsurprising to see Puel’s side having created the second most chances from corners and free-kicks. With tall players such as Harry Maguire, Jonny Evans, Wes Morgan and Wilfred Ndidi in their team it is a sensible approach. The other statistic is also telling in terms of Puel’s style. Along with Bournemouth, Leicester have scored the most goals from fast breaks. Indeed counterattacking suits Leicester under Puel and it served them well in their wins over City and Chelsea. The graphic below shows the average positions of Leicester’s starting XI in those two surprise victories. In both games Leicester had only two players positioned predominantly in the opposition half. In both games they scored goals with fast breaks after winning the ball back: one by Marc Albrighton to equalise against City and the other Jamie Vardy’s winner against Chelsea. Ricardo Pereira’s winner against City came from a corner. When given the chance to counterattack Leicester play some impressive football, with fast-paced passing, clever movement and their forward players often finding space. The only problem is that they need the space to cause problems. When the opposition sit off Leicester a bit more and allow them to have the ball, they struggle. This was shown in Sunday’s defeat against Manchester United. The average position maps for both teams are shown below. As we can see Leicester had six players in the United half and centre backs Maguire (15) and Evans (6) are not as deep in their own half. By contrast it is United with more players in their own half. Possession also fits into this understanding too. Puel’s side surrendered possession in the wins against Chelsea (27.9 per cent) and City (33.9 per cent) but they had 44.8 per cent of the ball against United. Too slow, too cautious So how does this style play out on the pitch? The image below is from the early stages of Leicester’s defeat against United. United’s Paul Pogba has got down the left wing but is faced with a Leicester side in good defensive positions. They have seven players back in their own box with defensive midfielders Nampalys Mendy and Wilfred Ndidi in front of the defence. Pogba attempts a pass to the edge of the area where Jesse Lingard (and Ander Herrera next to him) are lurking. Mendy easily pinches the ball back (he has made 49 interceptions this season, the seventh most of any player in the league) and releases James Maddison. A potential counterattack is thwarted by a clumsy foul by Lingard. This is what Leicester wanted against United: to sit deep, frustrate and pounce while United players are out of position. The only trouble was that, having conceded an early goal after a poor pass by Pereira, United could play Leicester at their own game. Playing Mendy and Ndidi as a two-man midfield is perfect for Leicester’s Plan A. They were less effective when United sat off. The image below shows Mendy on the ball just over the halfway line and with every United player back behind the ball. As we can see, both the left back Chilwell and the right back Pereira are pushed high on the wings. Chilwell and Demerai Gray are both standing in space with arms raised calling for the ball, a pass which is very much on and would release two Leicester players in threatening positions. Vardy is also calling for the ball, a more difficult pass which would have to split Pogba and Nemanja Matic. As the image below shows Mendy plays safe and passes sideways to Pereira. The right back gives the ball back to his midfield team-mate who passes sideways to Ndidi who collects the ball in the position shown in the image below. Again there is a potential pass to Leicester’s left and, with United still shifting across the pitch, a quick ball to Chilwell could give the left back chance to create with Gray and Maddison. But, like Mendy, Ndidi slows the play and is too cautious, delaying his pass to Chilwell. By the time the left back gets the ball United have moved across the pitch and Chilwell’s cross is blocked. Maddison is one of Leicester’s most creative players. He has created 57 chances in the league this season; not only is that by far the most of anyone in his side but it’s also the fourth highest for any player in the Premier League (it was no surprise to hear boos from the home side when Puel took him off halfway through the second half). But against teams defending as United did, the space for Maddison to shine is limited which is why Leicester’s full backs are important to their play. Chilwell is Leicester’s second-most creative player with 25 chances created while Pereira has created 20, fourth behind Marc Albrighton (21). But if midfielders like Ndidi and Mendy — whom United seemed happy to sit off and have the ball — aren’t braver on the ball and willing to play quicker, more incisive passes then Chilwell and Pereira will struggle to get on the ball in threatening positions and in space. Perhaps a reflection of how Ndidi and Mendy are told to play safe is shown in two examples below. The image below shows Ndidi — with Chilwell and Pereira both out wide — playing an easier pass to Maguire. Perhaps frustrated by his team’s struggles to break down United, the centre back carries the ball more than 50 yards, as the image below shows, eventually winning a throw-in off Ashley Young. The image below again shows Maguire setting an example to his team-mates. With United pressed back on the edge of their area the ball falls to Maguire who, unlike his midfield team-mates who are nearby, does not delay his pass, fizzing a first-time ball between United’s midfielders and wide to Chilwell who wins a corner. Maguire stepping out with the ball not only highlights what a promising modern centre back he is but also shines a light on the cautious approach of Leicester’s midfield. If it takes a 50-yard run from a centre back to drag the opposition out of position it suggests that their play is a little too predictable. It was not until the second half that Leicester upped the tempo but still couldn’t create many clear-cut chances. The example, below, arguably their best chance, came from a late counterattack. With United on the ball near the Leicester corner flag Ndidi intercepted a poor pass from the United right back Young and released Harvey Barnes. The young winger beats two United men before returning a pass to Ndidi, below. The midfielder does well with the ball on this occasion, flicking it on to Shinji Okazaki who, as the image below shows, fizzes a first-time pass into the space vacated by Young. This was Leicester at their best: tenacious in winning the ball back and taking advantage of the space left by their opponents. Barnes shows great pace to collect Okazaki’s pass and gets into the box as the image below shows. With the United centre back Eric Bailly drawn out to close down Barnes and Ander Herrera not quick enough to get back, Vardy is able to find space in the box and should do better after Barnes plays the ball straight to him. The United match was a frustrating watch for Leicester fans (I’m not just guessing at that either, I was sat with three of them when watching it) and it summed up the issues with Puel’s style. It can bring impressive results against big teams but is a little limited. It’s important to say that in singling out Ndidi and Mendy I do not think that they are bad players. Both are excellent defensive midfielders but can seem lacking when tasked with breaking down defensive opponents. Perhaps the addition of Youri Tielemans, recently signed on loan from Monaco, will help add that missing midfield link and help the likes of Maddison, Barnes and Vardy shine. But will Puel be brave enough to sacrifice defensive solidity for added midfield creativity? He may have to if he is going make the Leicester fans happy.
  32. 30 points
    Leeds fan here: While hoping for good news is natural, I'm sure you are all preparing for the worst. As one of many clubs who have in the past suffered our own tragedies, it is hard to for those outside the football community to understand how the raw emotion associated with a sudden, unexpected loss can affect you. There will be those around you who will not be able to comprehend why you are upset about people you didn't know and have no personal connection with. The bond one has with your football club, is one that is both inexplicable and totally natural for those of us who have it too. We all hope for positive news of course, but I know you will all do your very best to stick together and support each other and those employed at Leicester in the days and weeks to come. Take care and be kind to each other while emotions are raw. All the best.
  33. 29 points
    Whoever is responsible for us not signing a Striker in the window needs sacking ASAP. Bringing on Okazaki and Iheanacho when you need a goal is like eating sand when you're about to die from dehydration. Iheanacho did more defensive work for United than he did for us attacking. Fvcking useless
  34. 29 points
    lols why do none of our fans understand he’s been genuinely world class for about 4 years
  35. 29 points
    I some how ended up at part of the funeral..well later on in the evening when other people are allowed to pay respects. Went down earlier in the day and ended up on Sky Sports talking to Rob.. he was actually really nice and had a decent chat with me and my wife. Went closer to the temple where Vichai is and spoke to security/king power staff as I had a shirt I wanted to put down as I couldn't make it to the King Power before flying out to Thailand. I think they thought I came over especially for this so told us to come back at 8pm. We did but then got told 9 but was allowed to help yourself to the free food and drink that the King Power staff who came down for Vichai. Signed the book of condolences and then into the temple. The walk over the water to it and then to see the room and urn was just incredible. Hard to put into words but put my shirt down and paused for seconds and as I turned round, told to wait for a photo. A man came over and took our photo and said it's ok to turn round....As we did Top came over and said thank you for coming to pay respects. Had a little chat/handshake and left. Most surreal moments of my life.
  36. 28 points
    We are looking to win for us and us only. If we effect the title race then so be it but our club comes first.
  37. 28 points
    Absolutely awful. I'll probably trigger the huge in fight here but the sooner he goes the better. Chelsea and Man City two absolutely brilliant results back to our best, playing our way, playing solid, counter attacking, smash and grab football. Today, back to standard Claudeball. Getting bored of saying it now, you cannot play passing, possession football if nobody is going to move. It is all about movement. Maddison, forget the penalty, he should never have been given it in the first place, but he spent half the game next to Vardy on the shoulder of the last defender waiting for play to come to him. What are you doing, man!? Watch Bernardo Silva the other night against us, he's the pivot. He's there to run the game, so he's constantly moving towards the ball carrier to provide an option and keep the ball moving. Nobody plays that role for us. I think after a few months of Puel, you have every right to blame the players for not adapting or not being capable of playing his system. After a full year of his coaching and leadership when players still don't have a clue how to play a possession system and move and create chances, that's where the buck stops with the manager. Nobody is learning or getting any better. Whatever he does, they don't understand, it isn't working. We look great playing our old way, his way? Narh.
  38. 28 points
  39. 28 points
    My seat is behind the dugout infront of the Directors box & it has always been part of my prematch ritual to turnaround and watch Vichai take his seat. He’d always have that infectious smile on his face as he greeted everyone & shook hands with the fans that sit in the row infront of him. Whenever i caught his eye he’d always give a smiling nod & a thumbs up. It was only a small gesture but it just added to the love, respect & admiration I felt towards him. At the next home game & every other one after my ritual will continue but instead of looking behind I’ll be looking up knowing he’ll be smiling down, nodding & giving a thumbs up. RIP Boss
  40. 28 points
    https://www.fourfourtwo.com/features/why-claude-puel-collateral-damage-leicesters-unfamiliar-journey Analysis Why Claude Puel is collateral damage in Leicester’s unfamiliar journey After seven games played, Leicester City sit eighth in the Premier League. They are three points behind Tottenham in fourth, having already faced two of the pre-season title favourites. This comes after losing their most talented attacking player in the summer, and while trying to blend in a number of new players. The 10 outfielders who began their last home game started only 141 league games for Leicester last season; Harry Maguire, Jamie Vardy and Wilfred Ndidi accounted for 108. By any reasonable expectation, it has been a positive start to 2018/19. Claude Puel is also the fifth favourite to be the next Premier League manager to lose his job. An exhaustive list of those available at shorter prices consists of the crisis-stricken Jose Mourinho and the managers in charge of clubs in 16th, 18th and 19th in the table. To repeat: Leicester are eighth. If Puel has good reason to be surprised by his fragile job security, he’s probably getting used to it. After Leicester lost 4-2 at Bournemouth last month, conceding three times in the first 40 minutes, the Frenchman's continued employment was called into question. After Leicester lost their opening game of the season to Manchester United, a Daily Mirror story suggested that Puel had three games to save his job. Happy new season, everyone. Supporters might even have expected Puel to have been removed from his position over the summer after Leicester lost five of their last seven league games. For balance, he took the Foxes to ninth after Craig Shakespeare had left them in 18th. Puel is not blameless in his own fragility. The defeat to Bournemouth was defensively shambolic, and there are reasonable questions about his refusal to try a three-man central defence with Ben Chilwell and Ricardo Pereira as natural wing-backs. His tenure has also been marked by fits and starts. From mid-November, Leicester’s run of league results were as follows: five unbeaten, four without a win, three unbeaten, five without a win, two consecutive wins, five without a win. The suspicion from some supporters is that results seem to happen to Puel’s Leicester, rather than them forcing the issue. And yet it's hard to deny that Puel has answered his critics’ questions. At Southampton, the accusation was that the Frenchman played dull, negative football. Despite finishing eighth, his side scored more goals only than the bottom five, and Nathan Redmond was their top league goalscorer with seven. Since taking over in October 2017, only Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea have scored more Premier League goals than Leicester. They do rank 11th for chances created and ninth for shots on target, but life has hardly been dull. When Puel celebrates his first anniversary at the King Power later this month, however, there will be few champagne corks popped. This is partly a self-fulfilling prophecy. Having been appointed by a club struggling to avoid a relegation dogfight, Puel inevitably became sold as a mid-season firefighter. But firefighters put out the fire and leave; they do not make themselves at home. It is incredibly difficult for managers to alter their reputations once they have been cast. If Leicester saw Puel as a substitute teacher, Puel is a substitute teacher. But the 57-year-old's struggle for permanence also highlights Leicester’s wrestle with their own identity. Every unfancied club dreams of Leicester's unfathomable success; there is far less guidance for what comes next. What happens when the peak of your existence has already happened? Weight of history Everywhere you go at the King Power, you bump into reminders of Leicester’s annus mirabilis. The press room is adorned with newspaper cuttings of the squad lifting the Premier League trophy. The club megastore still sells commemorative merchandise. Before every home game, a video plays on the big screen to remind supporters of their season in the sun. The montage ends with Jamie Vardy, Wes Morgan, N’Golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez et al. But that’s precisely the problem: it all did end with them. Leicester can hardly be blamed for celebrating such magnificent overachievement so readily, but those newspaper cuttings and videos are both a reminder of what once was and what can never be again. Football is not a sport in which perfection is attainable, but Leicester came closer than most. When you stand at the top of your highest mountain and enjoy the view, the only way is down. Kaiserslautern, shock Bundesliga champions in 1997/98, had fallen into the second tier by 2006. Hellas Verona won the Scudetto in 1985 but were relegated in 1990. AZ Alkmaar won the Eredivisie in 1981 but went down in 1988. Nottingham Forest continue to simultaneously embrace their glorious past and yet be strangled by the pressure it has created. History is littered with clubs that achieved the unthinkable, but then struggled to deal with the subsequent sound of silence. From the moment their Champions League campaign ended against Atletico Madrid in April 2017, Leicester were destined to exist in an ‘after the Lord Mayor’s show’ haze. That must be suffocating for those players left behind, but also for every manager appointed and asked to re-bottle lightning. Leicester’s owners do not expect to win the league again, but glory is a drug. You can't blame them for chasing the dragon. If that chase is ultimately a forlorn one, it only makes the experience itself more important. Puel is a manager who builds the house rather than hosts the parties. Since beating Tottenham in his fifth match in charge, Puel has won one and lost five of his eight league games against the Big Six. There’s nothing quite as deflating as the realisation that you aren’t special anymore. But Puel is not the cause of Leicester’s peculiarity, merely a symptom of it. He was tasked with providing stability; it isn’t his fault that stability isn’t much fun when compared with what came before. After the fireworks and champagne and long nights of summer, glory leaves behind an odd residue. Leicester face an unfamiliar journey, with or without Claude Puel. Read more at https://www.fourfourtwo.com/features/why-claude-puel-collateral-damage-leicesters-unfamiliar-journey#yxhtE3ZjiyV8M94F.99
  41. 27 points
    People complaining about the style of football yet want the likes of Dyche and Rafa. Couldn't make it up
  42. 27 points
    I am a Liverpool fan but I was a student in Leicester in the late 90s, and I have a great respect for the club and its supporters. At the time I remember for the city what a huge achievement and pride it was to be in the premier league. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha not only helped Leicester achieve premier league status again, but helped the club achieve the impossible by winning the league. Something I never thought I would see. I joined the forum to simply pay my respects for the man, and say that along with everyone at thisisanfield.com you have our condolences. Its a sad day for Leicester City and the entire premier league.
  43. 27 points
    Villa supporter in peace. I just wanted to express my sincere condolences to all LCFC supporters & those personally involved in this tragedy. Sending love & best wishes to you all.
  44. 26 points
    They have been honoured for their bravery ByCiaran FaganCrime Correspondent 04:00, 26 JUN 2019 Heroes: (left to right) Pc Kevin Marsh, Pc Michael Hinton, Pc Steve Quartermain, Sgt Mike Hooper (Image: Leicestershire Police Federation) Four police officers who risked their lives at the scene of the King Power Stadium helicopter crash have been nominated for a national bravery award. Pc Steve Quartermain, Pc Kevin Marsh, Pc Michael Hinton and Sgt Mike Hooper all suffered burns as they tried in vain to rescue the five occupants of the helicopter. They were first on the scene after the aircraft fell from the sky and burst into flames shortly after taking off from the stadium on the evening of Saturday, October 27. They were unable to save the five people inside - club owner and chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, two of his staff, the pilot and another crew member. The National Police Bravery awards are held by the Police Federation of England and Wales and honour officers who have performed outstanding acts of bravery while on or off duty. The four Leicestershire Police officers spoke today after they learned of their nominations. Sgt Hooper said: “The day started as any other day does – we were there to police a football match. "What we faced by the end of the evening was something that we wouldn’t have expected. “It was extraordinary circumstances and something that no police officer would ever want to face in their entire career. "We only acted instinctively how any other police officer across the country would have reacted. “We were just doing our job. "We have had to come to terms with the fact that we couldn’t save the five victims.” Pc Marsh said: “I’ve never really thought about what I actually did that evening but placed in that situation would I do the exact same thing again? Yes, I would.” Flowers laid outside the King Power Stadium (Image: Will Johnston Photography) Pc Quartermain said: “It’s a real honour to have been nominated for the National Police Bravery Awards. "I think being nominated probably represents the actions that we took on that night but also the actions of the other officers who were exceptional in managing the operation and recovering everything else afterwards, as well.” Pc Hinton said: “To be nominated for the National Police Bravery Awards is overwhelming and really honouring. “I feel really proud to have been nominated and to represent Leicestershire Police.” Dave Stokes, chairman of Leicestershire Police Federation, said: “Our four officers acted with real bravery, rushing towards the crashed helicopter. "In the blink of an eye, they risked their own lives in an attempt to get to the occupants. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha acknowledges the fans during a lap of the pitch after the Premier League match between Leicester City and Bournemouth (Image: Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images) “Sadly it wasn’t with a better outcome and our thoughts remain with the loved ones of those who lost their lives that night. “When the officers were told Leicestershire Police Federation had nominated them for The National Police Bravery Awards, they became emotional and said, ‘yes we risked our lives in an attempt to save those five people in the helicopter, but isn’t that just what we do?’ k A silence is observed in memory of Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha prior to the Premier League match between Leicester City and Burnley at The King Power Stadium City 'honoured Vichai's memory' “They should be incredibly proud of their courageous actions that night.” The event – the 24th National Police Bravery Awards – is sponsored by Police Mutual. John Perks, chief executive officer of Police Mutual, said: “Police Mutual is very proud to be supporting the Police Bravery Awards for the 11th consecutive year. "My colleagues and I are deeply honoured to be able to show our appreciation for police officers’ bravery in keeping us safe.” https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/heroic-police-officers-were-burnt-3019055
  45. 26 points
    its ok. By the time the page fully loads, the rumour has been disproved
  46. 26 points
    you appear to be new around here we have this post once a month - it goes like this: "I'm the best fan, I stay to the end" "I'm a real fan too but I have a train to catch" anyone with half a brain in their head has the opinion "people do what people do, just move the fvck out of my way so I can see the end of the game" happy to help
  47. 26 points
    The fanbase is ridiculous. We have a transitional mid table premier league side with promising academy players playing in the first team and you can hear tens of thousands of grown men's hearts breaking when we're told we'll have the same manager until the summer.
  48. 26 points
    I heard this on the way out of the ground and it really got my goat then and now. Who the **** called for that as our best team before hamza's first game of the season? Nobody. This is a classic case of people rewriting history to suit their own agenda, but im calling BULLSHIT. This was puels idea and his alone (ok probably with the rest of the coaching teams) it most definitely was not any fan's idea, nor was it obviously his best team.
  49. 26 points
    7th in the league won't be enough to stop the whingeing I'm sure. The Puel outers whine about possession football with no quick attacks, today they got counter-attacking football with results and I'm sure they'll complain about that too. To be where we are in the table while modernizing our style and transitioning from a fading and old team to the second-youngest starting 11 in the PL is a testament to the job Puel is doing. It's just a shame so many supporters seem happier bitching non-stop than appreciating real progress.
  50. 26 points
    The legacy of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha at Leicester City By Rob Dorsett Last Updated: 03/11/18 8:50am Twice, in the space of two-and-a-half years, I have seen the football world left speechless by events in Leicester. On both occasions, it was my job to find some words. The first occasion was on Saturday, May 7, 2016 when little Leicester lifted the Premier League trophy. It was tricky to adequately express the unbridled joy felt by so many, without sounding trite - how do you avoid sounding trite, when the ultimate underdog had triumphed so spectacularly? But really - it was a delightful job. An easy job. The second occasion, was on Saturday, October 27, 2018 when the club's owner was killed in a helicopter crash. Reporting on that has been a very hard job. Impossible to convey the hurt felt by so many. And - of course. One man is at the heart of both stories: Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. I was in the King Power press room, still evaluating the post-match interviews after Leicester had escaped a drab game against 10-man West Ham with a draw, when West Ham's press officer mentioned there was a rumour outside that a helicopter had crashed outside the stadium. I called my cameraman - Dan Cox - who simply said: "Rob, I saw it come down", and my heart sank. I immediately ran round the front of the stadium, and saw the emergency services flocking towards the corner of the North Stand. As I got there, I could see a huge ball of orange flame, and plumes of thick, grey smoke spiralling into the sky. The helicopter had come down on the outskirts of the staff car park - car park E - less than 100m from where Dan was putting his camera kit away. The fire service quickly put the flames out, but it was instantly obvious to me that there could be no survivors. My background as a news reporter has taught me to watch the body language of the emergency services: once the fire was out, none of them was rushing towards the crash scene. There was no one to rescue. Ambulances that had been scrambled to the site left quietly, with their blue lights off. Whoever was on board had been killed. And like every Leicester fan who knew Kuhn Vichai always travelled to and from games in his helicopter, I knew then that he had gone. Official confirmation of his death didn't come for another 25 hours. But I knew straight away. Everyone knew. I'll be honest, I've been surprised at the level of grief shown by so many. I thought I knew how important Kuhn Vichai was to the club as a whole. But I had no idea how important he was to the wider Leicester community, and also - just how vital he was to Leicester's playing squad. When the players arrived en mass on Monday lunchtime at the ever-growing shrine outside the North Stand of the King Power Stadium, a total silence descended on the already hushed crowds that surrounded the barriers. Since Sunday morning, traffic in the area had been gridlocked with people wanting to come and pay their respects; to lay tributes, to share a private, and yet a mutual moment of grief and reflection. Now, with the squad here, the traffic that had been peeping and jostling for parking spaces on the stadium's perimeter road, stopped. Nothing moved, except the shuffling figures of the players, not daring to look at each other or the crowds, in case they broke down. The players are the focus, the true heart of a football club, and never was this more obvious. After a few minutes of utter stillness, from somewhere at the back of the crowd a ripple of applause began. One by one, the players joined in. The clapping became louder. I saw passengers in the stationary cars joining in. So did the stewards who were marshalling the barriers. Many of the journalists. Even in his death, Vichai had brought unity. I've known Jamie Vardy and Kasper Schmeichel for a very long time. Both of them are huge characters - larger than life. Their personalities dominate whichever scene they are in. Whether that's Schmeichel kicking balls at me while I'm live on the telly, heckling loudly in the background to try to put me off; or Vardy arriving at training, taking great delight in abusing me for my shocking choice of sunglasses, to anyone in earshot. But here, faced with the flowers, scarves, shirts and messages, these two strong, confident, resilient men, were broken. Sporting superstars. Heads bowed. Choking back the tears. 1:02 Jamie Vardy says this has been the most difficult week of his life following the death of Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha I'd been told shortly after the tragedy that Schmeichel had seen the helicopter come down, at 8.37 on Saturday night, and that he'd run towards the burning wreckage to see If he could help. Manager Claude Puel confirmed as much in his news conference on Thursday, without going into detail. That one horrendous story, says so much. Not just about the goalkeeper's courage, but also about his unique relationship with his Chairman. Kasper was the closest of all the Leicester players to Vichai. The two men spent a lot of time together. They enjoyed each other's company. They got on. A few years ago, Vichai loaned Schmeichel his helicopter to get him back to a family holiday quickly, after he had to return for an advertising shoot at the club. How poignant that seems now. Vichai used to seek Kasper's counsel when big decisions were pending. The Dane was accused - wrongly - of playing a role in the decision-making process when Claudio Ranieri was controversially sacked in February 2017 just nine months after Leicester had won the title. But he did have huge influence over Vichai. The two men regularly chatted about performances, styles of play, even tactics. And now, on Monday lunchtime, here was this huge man - physically and metaphorically - reduced to tears. Many of the players have tweeted that Vichai was like a father to them. For Kasper, it was especially the case. In the immediate aftermath of the crash, he was the last player standing. He stayed at the King Power Stadium until the early hours of the morning, consoling other members of staff, sharing the grief of Vichai's closest friends and associates. He was the first to address his team-mates, at the training ground on Monday, calling on them to keep delivering Vichai's vision. For all this, he's grown still further in the hearts of the Leicester fans. And those Leicester supporters. Just as they've celebrated the most extraordinary of sporting achievements, so have they endured the worst of times. Some clubs wend their way quietly through time, without too many highs and lows. Some clubs seem to be forever in the headlines. For Leicester, it's the latter. The club fell into League One in 2008, and was in administration in 2002. When Srivaddhanaprabha bought the club from Milan Mandaric in 2010, a new dawn was promised. He immediately wiped out £103m of loans, bought the stadium on behalf of the club, and began to invest in the playing squad. In a very rare interview at the very start, he said he wanted to be in the Champions League within a few years. People scoffed. Myself included. Here was a foreign owner, investing in an English football club because, in his own words, the team's kit matched his company's colours. And now he was professing to become one of the top four clubs in England? Ridiculous. Two promotions followed and then Leicester won the Premier League in 2016, despite being 5000/1 no-hopers. And now this. A tragedy which most onlookers agree is the worst moment in Leicester City's 134-year history. The scene at the King Power is extraordinary. The shrine stretches now along the entire perimeter of the North Stand, and round the corner with the East Stand. The people, the tributes, just keep on coming. Members of Leicestershire Fire and Rescue came to lay a wreath; they were applauded by other mourners for their efforts to rescue Vichai and the four other people who died. Leicester's longest-serving player, Andy King, came and paid his respects; so did former player and title winner Danny Drinkwater. Vardy and his wife Rebecca came too, the day after the squad had been to the shrine together. Both were in tears. They held hands, as they delivered a box of 100 blue roses, along with a photo of Vichai at their wedding. One of the most poignant images came on Thursday lunchtime. Claudio Ranieri had never returned to the King Power Stadium, since being sacked. But now - 20 months later - here he was, with his wife, paying a heartfelt tribute to the man who had sacked him, flanked by Vichai's son, Aiyawatt, and his widow, Aimon. Aiyawatt and Claudio embraced. People next to me in the small crowd gasped. They knew, it was a scene laced with meaning. Despite their differences, Ranieri and Srivaddhanaprabha had remained close friends. As had Nigel Pearson - another manager sacked (twice, but once re-instated) by Vichai, but who also felt moved to come and pay a personal tribute this week. That speaks volumes of the man from Thailand - even those he crossed in business, who suffered by his decisions, had a deep affection for him. Such was Vichai's humanity. I won't pretend I knew Vichai well. I didn't. In eight years, the number of times I spoke to him, I can count on one hand. The chats never lasted more than 30 seconds, and were never insightful. He was a humble, quiet man who shunned the limelight. But an encounter with Vichai was always charming and endearing; the man forever had a smile on his face, a warm handshake and a twinkle in his eye. I never interviewed him. Despite countless requests. But whenever he was in public, he had time for everyone. Gentle and approachable, I often noticed that he spoke to the stadium cleaners in the same way he addressed visiting VIPs from other clubs. And there was so much he did that was never publicised. Yes, he has consistently paid for buses to subsidise away trips for fans, and given free beer and scarves to all. It's true that he donated £1m to the Leicester Royal Infirmary. Twice. And a similar sum to the University of Leicester. For sure, he gave each of the first team players who won the title a BMW i8 worth £100,000 and their families an all-expenses-paid holiday in Thailand. Claude Puel even revealed this week that Vichai had loaned him his yacht in the summer for a family holiday. 5:32 Soccer Saturday spoke to Leicester City fans to get their feelings on last week's crash But beyond all these grand gestures, were a host of smaller ones. Several Leicester fans approached me this week with tales of his generosity. One man who didn't want to talk on camera, told me this week his son has colitis, and when Vichai heard that he was in hospital for his birthday, he sent along Iheanacho, N'didi and Schmeichel after training for a surprise hospital visit, together with presents, toys and party games, as a birthday treat. No headlines. The story never came out. Just Vichai. Never before in my 22-year career have so many people come up to me and thanked me for our coverage. More than 100. I mention that not as a boast, but as an example of just how many people have been affected by this story. How many people were affected by Vichai. And I have been too. Without him, I'm convinced the greatest moment in my journalistic career would not have happened. Leicester won the Premier League title. Leicester! Yes, Ranieri picked the team and motivated the players. Yes, Craig Shakespeare worked for hours on the training ground, fine-tuning the tactics of the perfect counter-attack. Yes, Jamie Vardy broke the record for scoring in consecutive matches. Yes, other players - described by too many people as "journeymen" - had the seasons of their lives. But it was Vichai who put all the right people in the right roles. It was Vichai who motivated them, who believed it was all possible, who told them to dream big. It was Vichai who made footballing fantasy, a reality. And that will be his legacy. https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11712/11543356/the-legacy-of-vichai-srivaddhanaprabha-at-leicester-city
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