Claudio Ranieri urges Leicester to evoke spirit of ‘great escape’

first_imgManager Claudio Ranieri has urged Leicester City to use their experience from two seasons ago, when the champions narrowly escaped relegation, after Saturday’s 2-2 Premier League draw with Middlesbrough left them two points above the drop zone.Prior to their unlikely title-winning campaign, Leicester were bottom for most of the 2014-15 season but pulled off a remarkable turnaround under Nigel Pearson to stay up after winning seven of their last nine matches to finish 14th. (Also read: Eden Hazard expects three-way battle for Premier League title)”They (the players) have to play with pressure. They must remember not how last season went but two seasons ago, they now must be focused on this. We have to play with the same character as then, the great escape,” Ranieri told British media.”Something happened last season. The players are human, they are not machines. It is normal they remember last season when everybody played well and everything they tried to do was good – but this year, no. Then you have to reconnect your brain.”We are a good team. But we are not a good, good team as (league leaders) Chelsea, for example. Look at Chelsea last season, with a lot of champions they didn’t work so well,” the Italian added.Leicester, who are 14th in the table after 13 games, will hope to end their three-game winless streak in the league when they travel to face bottom placed side Sunderland on Saturday.last_img read more

Stoke sign Wimmer for £18m

first_imgTransfers Wimmer completes £18m move to Stoke from Tottenham Last updated 2 years ago 17:10 8/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kevin Wimmer, Tottenham Getty Transfers Stoke City Tottenham Hotspur Premier League The 24-year-old centre-back has committed to a five-year deal with the Potters after two seasons with Mauricio Pochettino’s side Stoke City have signed Kevin Wimmer from Tottenham for £18 million.Wimmer, 24, sealed his move and signed a five-year contract with Mark Hughes’ side on Tuesday, having completed his medical on Monday.Stoke 6/1 to beat Man Utd Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina He becomes Stoke’s seventh signing of the transfer window and the fourth defender to come in after the arrivals of Bruno Martins Indi, Kurt Zouma and Josh Tymon.Stoke boss Hughes told his club’s official website: “Kevin is an undoubted talent and he will significantly add to the quality of the group of players that I already have at my disposal.”We put a real emphasis on trying to enhance the defensive areas of the squad this summer and we feel that we have been able to do that.”We brought Kurt Zouma in earlier in the window and managed to bring Bruno Martins Indi back to the club following his loan spell last season, so bringing Kevin here too, a player I admire greatly, gives me real strength in depth in those central positions.”Say hello to @kevinwimmer27, who has today joined #SCFC from @SpursOfficial on a five year deal for a fee worth £— Stoke City FC (@stokecity) August 29, 2017Hughes added: “Obviously this deal was with a view to the future because we know that Kurt is a Chelsea player, but Kevin is our player now and we knew that this deal wouldn’t have been available to us this time next year.”There is a lot of money being spent this summer, so for us to get a player of Kevin’s calibre through the door for the price we have paid, in my opinion, is something we will really appreciate for years to come.”Wimmer joined Spurs from Cologne for £4.3m in 2015, but only started 13 Premier League games over his two at the club and did not feature in any of their three league matches to date in 2017-18.Tottenham’s club-record signing of defender Davinson Sanchez from Ajax last week pushed him further down the pecking order.The Austria international will compete for a starting spot with Martins Indi, on-loan Zouma, captain Ryan Shawcross and the versatile Geoff Cameron at bet365 Stadium.Stoke, like Spurs, have four points from their first three Premier League games.last_img read more