Leicester suffer fifth straight loss

first_img TEAM EFFORT Olsson’s goal came from more of a team move, with Fernando Llorente and Gylfi Sigurdsson combining to send the Sweden international through down the left. He closed in on Schmeichel and buried a low shot inside the goalkeeper’s near post. Watched by its Thai owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabh, Leicester dominated the second half but couldn’t end its goal drought as substitute Slimani was denied by Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, and Jamie Vardy blazed high and wide from the edge of the area. “It’s hard to put it into words,” Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater said. “We need to get out of this, we need to keep on fighting. “We haven’t changed much. It seems that we’re not having the rub of the green or something, but we believe in ourselves as a bunch of lads.” Swansea moved above Leicester and four points clear of the bottom three. SWANSEA, Wales (AP): Leicester’s title defence in the Premier League sunk to a new low yesterday when the slumping champions lost 2-0 to Swansea for a fifth straight defeat. Two first-half goals by defenders did the damage for Swansea, with centre back Alfie Mawson volleying home in the 36th minute and left back Martin Olsson adding a second with a low drive in stoppage time. Leicester dropped to 17th place in the 20-team league, one place and one point above the relegation zone. Just nine months ago, the unfashionable club from central England enchanted the sporting world by becoming the most unlikely champion at preseason odds of 5,000-1. Leicester is still to score a league goal in 2017 – it’s more than 10 hours of play since Islam Slimani’s winner against West Ham on December 31 – and the defence can’t keep them out at the other end. “It’s the same. It’s unbelievable,” Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said. “We have two problems; we concede goals and don’t score. We have to stick together and find a solution. It’s not possible to continue this way.” Both of Swansea’s goals were excellently taken. Mawson executed his like a striker, meeting a header back across the area by fellow centre back Federico Fernandez with a sweet first-time strike from 10 metres that flew past Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. It was Mawson’s third goal in his last six games.last_img read more

Debts halved but profits down too and Celtic say Rangers are partly

first_imgSoccer Debts halved but profits down too and Celtic say Rangers are partly to blame news Share on Twitter Celtic yesterday rounded off a headline-making week by announcing that the club’s debt has more than halved, falling from £15m to £6.8m. The Scottish champions were named as the 17th richest club in Europe on Wednesday and have posted pre-tax profits of £10m for the final six months of 2007.That figure is down by almost £8m from the equivalent period in 2006, a matter Celtic put down to reduced income from player sales, more spending in the transfer market, two fewer home games and the fact that Rangers progressed to the group phase of the Champions League, therefore sharing Scotland’s £5m pool of European television and sponsorship revenue.”Results like this indicate that the company is extremely well run,” said John Reid, the Celtic chairman. “We are delighted. They are outstanding.”By Reid’s own admission Celtic perform in what is a “minor” domestic league in a European context. “To be named among the top 20 clubs without anything like the television revenue available in England, Germany, Italy, France and Spain is a great achievement,” added the chairman. “We are the only club outside those countries on the list.”We also have all to play for on the field. We are in the last 16 of the Champions League, still in the Scottish Cup and within striking distance of winning a third title in succession for the first time since Jock Stein was the manager. We retain the twin ambition of winning domestically and remaining a major force in European football.”Celtic’s turnover for the second half of 2007 was £42.4m, a 9.3% drop on the same period in 2006, and operating expenses increased marginally to £32.5m. Reid explained that £11m had been spent on enhancing the playing squad since last summer.European action returns to Parkhead on Wednesday with Barcelona’s visit for the first leg of a Champions League last-16 tie. Gordon Strachan, the Celtic manager, admits he is eagerly anticipating the encounter. “Nothing will touch what is coming up this week,” said Strachan. “It is going to be special.”Celtic, who have scored 10 goals in their last two matches, must first try to keep in touch with Rangers at the summit of the SPL by defeating Hearts this afternoon. The Edinburgh club won 2-0 on their last visit to Glasgow’s East End and are in their own decent run of form.”It is an important game and one we are all really looking forward to,” said Strachan. Massimo Donati has recovered from illness and may return to the starting line-up today.Walter Smith, the Rangers manager, has assured Kris Boyd that he still has a future at the club despite the striker’s inability to hold down a regular first-team place. “He has played in quite a number of the games recently and will continue to do so,” said Smith.Jean-Claude Darcheville, suspended for Rangers’ midweek Uefa Cup draw against Panathinaikos, returns for tomorrow’s trip to Kilmarnock. Reuse this content Share via Email Celtic Soccer First published on Fri 15 Feb 2008 19.45 EST Share on Messenger Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Topics This article is more than 11 years old This article is more than 11 years old Shares00 Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn @mrewanmurray Fri 15 Feb 2008 19.45 EST Share on Pinterest Ewan Murray Share on Twitter Share on Facebooklast_img read more