Leicester’s Title-Winning Captain Wes Morgan To Retire End Of Season

Wes Morgan lifting the EPL trophy in 2016. Photo: [email protected] Leicester City FC.

 

Leicester’s Premier League title-winning captain Wes Morgan will retire when the final whistle blows on the season, the club announced on Friday.

The 37-year-old skippered the Foxes to their shock title win in 2016 and helped them lift the FA Cup for the first time when he made a late substitute appearance in last week’s 1-0 final victory over Chelsea.

Morgan has made 324 appearances and scored 14 goals for Leicester in all competitions since joining from Nottingham Forest in 2012, and was capped 30 times by Jamaica.

Leicester City chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha paid a handsome tribute to the long-serving captain, who has struggled with a back problem this year.

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“Wes has been one of Leicester City’s greatest servants, leading the team through the club’s most successful era and helping to set the standards that have pushed the club forward,” he said.

“A big brother to everyone he has played with, a strong representative of the squad and a valuable source of counsel to managers and senior executives in the club, his contribution has been enormous.”

Full-back Christian Fuchs, another member of the title-winning side, is also leaving the King Power Stadium at the end of the season.

The 35-year-old Austria international arrived on a free transfer in 2015 and has played 152 times, scoring three goals.

Leicester end their season at home to Tottenham on Sunday hoping to secure a top-four finish, which would mean qualification for next season’s Champions League.

AFP

EPL Champions Leicester City Lose 3-0 To Southampton

EPL Champions Leicester City Lose 3-0 To SouthamptonPremier League champions, Leicester City continued their woeful defense of their title with another heavy loss against Southampton on Sunday.

The 3-0 loss over meant that Southampton ended a four-match losing run in the Premier League.

James Ward-Prowse curled in a first-time effort after Cedric Soares’ cutback on 26 minutes, before Jay Rodriguez lashed in from close range after a Ward-Prowse delivery fell to him.

After captain Virgil van Dijk limped off with an injury and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg dragged wide when clean through, Saints added a third a few minutes from time.

Substitute Shane Long was brought down by Wes Morgan, and Dusan Tadic slammed in the resulting penalty.

Leicester City continue to search for their first away win of the Premier League campaign.

Manchester United Force Leicester City To Wait For Title

Leicester CityLeicester City were held to a 1-1 draw by Manchester United at Old Trafford and will have to wait to complete their fairytale Barclays Premier League triumph.

The Foxes needed a win to be crowned champions with two matches to spare.

Claudio Ranieri’s unchanged side had a passive start and Anthony Martial capitalised by opening the scoring but captain Wes Morgan headed a 16th-minute equaliser.

Leicester will emerge as champions at home to Everton next weekend if Tottenham Hotspur fail to beat Chelsea on Monday, while any victory from City or slip-up by Spurs will complete the remarkable story that Sunday’s draw left dangling.

United, who could not capitalise on a late red card for Danny Drinkwater, lost ground on Arsenal and Manchester City in the race for a top-four spot but edged ahead of West Ham United into fifth.

 

Ranieri, Kane Win Premier League Awards For March

Premier LeagueHarry Kane and Claudio Ranieri have won the March Barclays Premier League awards for Player and Manager of the Month respectively.

Ranieri guided Leicester City to a draw and three 1-0 wins over Watford, Newcastle United and Crystal Palace, to maintain their lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League.

He was voted for the award ahead of a managerial shortlist that featured AFC Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe (W3 L1), West Ham’s Slaven Bilic (W2 D1) and Swansea City’s Francesco Guidolin (W3 L1).

It is the fourth time Ranieri has claimed the Barclays manager award, the joint-most for an Italian alongside former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti. Ranieri is the 15th manager to have won the award four times.

Ranieri won the award in November this season and also was awarded it twice during the 2003/04 campaign when with Chelsea.

No Leicester manager has won the award more than once in one season, although Martin O’Neill claimed it three times in a three-year period from September 1997.

Ranieri has the chance to join Joe Kinnear (1993/94 with Wimbledon) and Sir Alex Ferguson (1999/00 with Manchester United) and Ancelotti (2010/11) to have won the award three times in one season. That feat is also possible for Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino, who was named manager of the month in August and February.

Five goals in four matches won the Barclays Player of the Month award for Kane, a tally that has taken him to the top of the race for the Barclays Golden Boot with 22 goals so far.

He beat a shortlist that also included Southampton’s Graziano Pelle, Swansea City’s Ashley Williams, Leicester duo Wes Morgan and Riyad Mahrez, and West Ham United’s Dimitri Payet.

It is the third time Kane has claimed the award, after winning it in January and February last year.

 

Culled from premierleague.com

It’s A Magical Season, Leicester Manager Ranieri Admits

RanieriLeicester City manager, Claudio Ranieri, was delighted with his players for “giving their heart and soul” after his side overcame Southampton 1-0 to move seven points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League.

Wes Morgan’s first-half header earned them a hard-fought victory against Southampton.

The Foxes skipper powered home Christian Fuch’s cross from the left as Claudio Ranieri’s men moved a step closer to the Premier League title.

“We believe in what we are doing – it’s a magical season,” Ranieri said. “Next year will not be the same; we know that.”

He added that the reason his side are flying so high at the BPL summit is because of their commitment to the cause.

“Other teams can win 3-0, 4-0, but we cannot do that,” he said. “We have to fight every match to win 1-0.”

The Italian also paid tribute to his captan Wes Morgan, whose first goal since May earned the victory, saying he had to give his captain some time off recently as he had had no break since and was away on international duty last summer.

“He is a very strong man,” he said. “He is an example for all of us.”

However, Saints boss, Ronald Koeman, would feel aggrieved that the visitors were denied a penalty beforehand when Sadio Mane’s goal-bound shot struck the arm of Leicester defender Danny Simpson.

The win means Leicester need four wins from their remaining six games to wrap up the championship.