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Jamie Vardy
Jamie Vardy

 

 

Leicester City will play either Jamie Vardy’s old club Fleetwood or Hereford away in the third round of the FA Cup.

The teams drew 1-1 in their second-round tie at the weekend in Fleetwood with the replay set for next week in Hereford.

While Fleetwood ply their trade in League One, Hereford Town are a good few steps further down the football pyramid.

Vardy spent a season at Fleetwood before joining City in 2012 for a then record fee of £1million for a non-league player.

Hereford ply their trade in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division and are currently fifth. It’s the same level as Barwell and Coalville Town, who are in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division.

Leicester City have never met Fleetwood in any competitive match, but have played Hereford as recently as 2009 in League One.

They won 3-1 at Hereford in April that year with goals from Matt Oakley, Lloyd Dyer and Steve Howard.

They have met once before in the FA Cup back in 1999 when, after a 0-0 draw at Hereford, City needed extra time to eventually go through 2-1.

City legends Matt Elliott and Muzzy Izzet, in extra time, were the scorers.

The ties will take place on the weekend from Friday, January 5, until Monday, January 8.

It could be the first time for City fans to see £22million Adrien Silva in action as he will be cleared to play on January 1, but it will not be in time for the New Year’s Day fixture against Huddersfield at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester City have not made the quarter-final since 2012 when they lost 5-2 to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge – a televised tie best remembered for Ben Marshall’s brilliant curling 20-yard goal.

The last time City made the semi-final since was 1982 when they lost 2-0 to Tottenham at Villa Park on the weekend war was declared with Argentina over the Falklands.

And of course. The last time City made the FA Cup final was 1969 that ended in a 1-0 defeat to Manchester City.

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Wow. Sevilla. Where do we start? What was your overall view on the madness?

First half: sensational. Second half: sensationally abysmal.

There has been a few occasions this season where one half has been considerably better than the other – the Huddersfield game, for example, where the first period was a non-event and the second much improved – but this was on a completely different scale.

Early on, Liverpool were brilliant. To go three goals up against a team like Sevilla – who have never lost by more than two goals at home in Europe and are unbeaten at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in 2017 – was a super effort.

The front three were electric at times even though they were not at their best, and it was delightful.

Despite not having much of the ball, the Reds got themselves into a position that should have been comfortable and unassailable, but even at two or three goals up, you never feel secure.

The second half capitulation means that instead of talking about a comfortable away victory against a difficult opponent in the Champions League to cement first place with a game to spare, we are once again dissecting a defensive catastrophe.

Madness is the only word that accurately describes what went on. Only Liverpool would be capable of doing that, and what is most concerning is that it didn’t come as a major surprise once the first goal went in soon after half-time.

Rather than looking forward to a rest in the Spartak Moscow game on matchday six, being able to keep players fresh for the derby the following weekend, we now have to overcome the Russians.

It’s a headache, but one that we only have ourselves to blame for.

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A number of our players have been recognised for their impressive number of assists so far this season, transfer gossip and our academy starlets all feature in today’s media round-up.

Firstly, the Daily Express have created a gallery of the top 11 players with the most assists in the Premier League so far this season and four of City’s players have made the list – more than any other club.

The newspaper stated on their website: “Most assists so far this season – no surprise who is first!”

Out of the top 11, Kyle Walker ranked in 10th place with four assists, Leroy Sane in sixth position with five, while our assist kings Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva topped the charts with six and seven each!

It’s no surprise that we have a number of players in the rankings as we currently sit at the summit of the Premier League table – a staggering eight points clear of second place United.

City have also featured in a number of transfer gossip articles, as the Daily Star have claimed that the Blues and fellow Premier League club Arsenal are eyeing a swoop for Seville midfielder: Steven N’Zonzi.

The newspaper wrote on their website: “The ex-Blackburn ace has a buy-out clause and has continued to be linked with leading top-flight clubs like Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United.

“N’Zonzi has been a smash hit in Spain since moving from Stoke in 2015 in a £7m deal on a four-year contract.

“Leicester had a £30m bid turned down for the 28-year-old in the summer of 2016.

“The former Stoke ace made his France debut against Wales last Friday.

“And he would not rule out swapping La Liga for the Premier League once again.”

On to our City starlets now who have made headlines today.

Firstly, on-loan goalkeeper Angus Gunn has been called-up to the England squad for the first time and his Dad – ex-Norwich City ‘keeper Bryan Gunn – has spoken to the Eastern Daily Press about his son’s achievement.

“I’m as proud as anyone could be,” Angus’ father told the EDP. “The only thing that can probably better it is if he can make his proper debut for them – that’s the only thing.

“Angus’ girlfriend, Phoebe, broke down in tears, his mum (Susan) was welling up and Melissa (Angus’ sister) was the same – he has made a lot of people very proud.

“I rang my mum to tell her the news and she was over the moon.

“I would think the calmest person was probably Angus – he takes everything in his stride and he is never overwhelmed by things. It’s just the next step for him and it’s reward for all the hard work that he has put in.”

Good luck to our on-loan stopper!

Next, the Daily Mail has reported that Gunn’s fellow academy star Phil Foden could be called-up to the England Under 21 squad.

The newspaper spoke to U21 coach Andy Boothroyd, who stated that he would be reviewing the situation in the coming months.

The Daily Mail wrote: “When England stage the return fixture against Ukraine next March, though, there is a strong possibility Foden will be elevated into the Under-21 squad; England will also play a friendly in the next international break.

“Plans will be formalised in early 2018 after all the coaches of the age group teams, plus senior head coach Gareth Southgate and Technical Director Dan Ashworth, meet at St George’s Park to work out the best path for talents such as Foden going forward.”

“We will audit our players in January,” Boothroyd told the newspaper. “All the coaches sit down and go through all the players in all the age groups and we decide who needs to be moved up and who needs to be moved down.

“It might well be a couple from the U17s have earned the right to come with us and they do move up.

“The good things is there are players in every single age group who feel they have got half a chance of jumping to the next level.

“I like Phil a lot. I think he is a very special player. But I can say that about a number of players in our teams. They are all at different stages and the main thing is we sit down and discuss each properly so we can give them a proper pathway, not just flick a coin.”

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Mourinho

 

 

Jose Mourinho admits he has “no idea” when Paul Pogba will return from injury.

That is yet another setback for Pogba’s recovery after Mourinho insisted Manchester United’s £89million midfielder has NOT returned to full training.

United boss Mourinho is clearly infuriated with Pogba – who has been out since September 12 when he pulled a hamstring against Basel – and stressed the team have done well without him.

France star Pogba has been doing rehabilitation in Miami and has since returned to the club’s Carrington training ground but Mourinho revealed that he is not working with the first team.

Mourinho said: “I have no idea. Honestly. I am not in control of his recovery process. He is not training with me. He is on individual work and when a player is on individual work I cannot predict.

“I would expect Marcos Rojo to return after the international break because he is training with me. But with Paul I have no idea.”

Then when asked how United had done in Pogba’s absence, Mourinho added: “We won every match except one. Two? Well, two, so not bad.”

Pogba’s relationship with Mourinho has appeared strained at times because of his fitness issues and suggestions that the player ignored medical advice on a long-standing hamstring problem. Pogba has also done a high level of commercial deals, including launching his own emoji.

Meanwhile, Mourinho has claimed United fans are within their rights to boo him after his decision to substitute Marcus Rashford for Anthony Martial was jeered.

Mourinho added: “They pay the ticket they can do what they want. They can boo a player that doesn’t deserve to be booed, they can boo a player who is working like an animal, even though the game is not going in his direction.

“They can boo – they pay their tickets, they can boo the manager.”

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On Sunday night, as the clock gets ready to strike 9 p.m. local time, the 22 elected starters of Olympique de Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain will take the field at Stade Velodrome.

It will be the 92nd time France’s two biggest clubs have played one another, and in many senses, it will be a familiar scene of bubbling malevolence and bitter rivalry—an atmosphere of such a strong flavour, in fact, that it will take place in front of an entirely partisan audience after the local prefecture’s police refused to admit away supporters, per RTL (in French).

Yet the title under which the match is played—Le Classique, or Le Classico—doesn’t quite detail what has happened to the rivalry in recent years. The last time Marseille finished victorious was in the November 2011 meeting at the Velodrome.

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Having started the season sluggishly with just four wins from their opening seven La Liga games, there are concerns Real’s team need improvements.

And according to Spanish publication Don Balon, Zinedine Zidane met with president Florentino Perez and general director Jose Angel Sanchez to discuss plans.

It is far from guaranteed that Real’s frightening attacking trio of Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo will all be at the club next season.

And for that reason signing two strikers is Los Blancos’ priority.

Top of Real’s wishlist are Tottenham star Harry Kane and Juventus forward Paulo Dybala with the former recently admitting he would not rule out a move to Spain.

Dybala only signed a new long-term deal with Juve earlier this year but continues to be linked with a move to La Liga with Real and Barcelona both keeping tabs on him.

Madrid’s other priority lies with finding a new goalkeeper with Keylor Navas’ future uncertain at the Bernabeu.

Don Balon claim Manchester United’s David de Gea is Perez’s first choice but he is not ruling out a move for Chelsea shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois should he fail to sign the Spaniard.

Both Premier League goalkeepers have been on Real’s radar for some time and De Gea came closest to leaving Old Trafford in the summer of 2015 but a deal fell through on deadline day.

The final area Real want to reinforce is in defence with a new right-back and a centre-back targeted.

Perez and Zidane have outlined Real Sociedad’s Alvaro Odriozola and Athletic Bilbao’s Aymeric Laporte.

Odriozola was recently asked about being linked with a move to Real Madrid but said: “I just signed a new contract through 2022 and that’s all I’m thinking about right now.”

Laporte is under contract with Bilbao until 2020.

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Wissam Ben Yedder scored a hat trick to lead Sevilla to a comfortable 3-0 win over Maribor in Group E of the Champions League on Tuesday.

Ben Yedder scored his first two goals about 10 minutes apart before half-time, and added the third by converting a penalty late in the second half to give Sevilla the group’s provisional lead with four points after two matches.

Spartak Moscow and Liverpool drew 1-1 in the other group match on Tuesday. Sevilla were coming off a draw at Liverpool, while Maribor drew with Spartak in Slovenia.

Sevilla were in control from the start at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium, creating most of the scoring chances and barely being threatened at the other end. Maribor managed only one shot on target.

Ben Yedder’s first goal came after a great run by Joaquin Correa, who got past four Maribor defenders before setting up his teammate for an easy strike from close range in the 27th minute.

Midfielder Franco Vazquez set up Ben Yedder’s second goal, sending a perfect through ball that left the forward with an easy shot in front of goalkeeper Jasmin Handanovic in the 38th.

The third came with a low shot from the penalty spot in the 83rd after defender Sebastien Corchia was fouled inside the area.

The Spanish club play at Spartak Moscow in the next round, while Maribor hosts Liverpool.

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Eric Dier

 

Mauricio Pochettino has challenged Eric Dier to prove he is indispensable in one position if he wants to avoid being used as both a defender and midfielder at Tottenham – though he insists Dier’s versatility is a good thing.

Dier has been deployed predominantly in holding midfield this season, but may have found himself in defence more often were it not for a knee injury to Victor Wanyama.

With Wanyama expected to be out for another three weeks and summer signing Davinson Sanchez delivering assured performances at the back, Dier is likely to continue further forward for a while longer.

The 23-year-old, however, has grown accustomed to the role of utility man under Pochettino, who has used him as centre-back in both a defensive pair and trio, as well as midfield and, occasionally, right-back.

Dier has never declared his desire to make one role his own but Manchester United expressed an interest in signing him last summer, with the promise of a regular position intended to be tempting.

Pochettino insists Dier’s flexibility is a strength, not a weakness, not least because it enables him to become a core member of the starting XI.

“If he in time shows he is great or one of the best in the world in one position, okay, that is fantastic for him,” Pochettino said.

“But if you are a very good player and can play very well in different positions, there are more possibilities for him to play.”

Pochettino added: “I think the most important thing last season was that he was the player in the squad that played the most. When you are a player, you want to play and be in the starting XI.

“He can dominate different positions on the pitch and that is so fantastic – he can be top as a midfielder, centre-back or full-back. Then it is up to the manager to use him in different positions.”

Tottenham travel to the London Stadium on Saturday to face West Ham, against whom Dier made his debut three years ago and scored the winner in a 1-0 victory. He had started the game at centre-half and finished it at right-back.

In his first year after joining from Sporting Lisbon, Dier was used solely as a defender but the departures of Paulinho and Etienne Capoue the following summer meant he was tried out in midfield during pre-season.

“We took a big risk not signing another midfielder and it was fantastic,” Pochettino said.

“He deserved all the praise and our decision (paid off) to be brave and give him the possibility to play in a club like Tottenham when you fight for big things.”