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Leicester City’s Ricardo proud to play for Eriksson – BBC News

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Football.co.ukLeicester City's Ricardo proud to play for ErikssonBBC NewsLeicester City goalkeeper Ricardo says the fact that Sven-Goran Eriksson would be his manager played a big part in his decision to play for the Foxes. The 35-year-old joined o…

Ricardo pride at Eriksson link-up

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Leicester City goalkeeper Ricardo says the fact that Sven-Goran Eriksson would be his manager played a big part in his decision to play for the Foxes.

Hobbs completes loan move to Hull

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Hull City complete the loan signing of defender Jack Hobbs from Championship rivals Leicester City.

Jeffrey Bruma will have to fight for place in Leicester City’s starting line-up – Leicester Mercury

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011
Jeffrey Bruma will have to fight for place in Leicester City's starting line-up
Leicester Mercury
Holland international Bruma is a highly-rated teenage centre back and, even though he has just signed from Premier League champions Chelsea,

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Jim Smallman’s Leicester City column: Have a dig at Derby fans on my behalf

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

“I don’t work with any Derby County fans. In fact, a shockingly large number of my fellow stand-up comedians do not even like football, thus reducing my choices of conversation in green rooms somewhat.

“With that in mind, I would like to say that, if you happen to be a Foxes fan and work with any Derby supporters, please do me a favour and pat them on the back, give them a little condescending chuckle (like you did on Monday at work, admit it) and pass on my belated and cheery regards.”

What did you think of City’s performance? Post a comment or email sportsdesk@leicestermercury.co.uk

Read the full Jim Smallman column in Tuesday’s Leicester Mercury

Sven-Goran Eriksson says Chris Weale was not left out because of performances

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Sven-Goran Eriksson insists that goalkeeper Chris Weale was not dropped because he was unhappy with his performances for Leicester City.

Weale was surprisingly replaced at Derby County on Saturday by new signing Ricardo.

Eriksson said it had been a difficult decision but he said he had simply decided to run the rule over the Portuguese keeper in first-team action.

Ricardo has been capped 79 times by Portugal but the 35-year-old had not played for more than 18 months and Eriksson said he needed to take a closer look at his new signing.

“It was a difficult decision because Chris has been very good and he saved us at Sheffield United,” said the City boss.

“I took in Ricardo and he has a lot of experience. He has more than 70 caps for Portugal and I wanted to see him, and I think it is better to change over when Chris is on a good run and in good shape.

“If you take him off when he makes a mistake, it is more like a punishment. This is not a punishment. It is my choice and that’s it.”

One of the reasons why Eriksson may have opted for Ricardo is his excellent distribution, which helped City launch fast attacks from defence during the 2-0 victory at Pride Park. Ricardo is useful with the ball at his feet, as he demonstrated in Euro 2004 when he scored the winning penalty to knock out Eriksson’s England.

“Ricardo is very comfortable on the ball,” said Eriksson.

“He is a good passer and, unfortunately, a good penalty-taker too!”

Eriksson was also full of praise for two City players who are at opposite ends of their careers.

Young defender Ben Mee is excelling in only his first season of first-team football, after joining City on loan from Manchester City.

Eriksson was also delighted with 33-year-old captain Matt Oakley’s performance after he made only his second start since mid-October.

“Ben is a good football player and he uses his brain,” said Eriksson. “He doesn’t fight with his opponent all the time, he is very clever.

“He had a nasty clash of heads with Sol Bamba and Sol has a tennis ball on his head now. We were not sure if he would dare put his head in again because of that so we took him off.

“Ben is doing brilliantly for us and getting better and better with every game. I knew from my time at Manchester City so I knew he was a very good player.

“Matt hasn’t started a game for a while and that is more my fault than his fault.

“He has been in good shape for weeks now, a month maybe.

“I thought he was brilliant. He organises and talks. We were very solid and he was back in our penalty box sometimes defending as well.”

City youngster Cian Bolger has extended his loan spell with League One side Bristol Rovers.

The 18-year-old defender has spent the last month on loan with Rovers and has made four appearances.

Jeffrey Bruma will have to fight for place in Leicester City’s starting line-up

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Jeffrey Bruma will have to fight for a place in Leicester City’s starting line-up, Paul Gallagher has warned. Holland international Bruma is a highly-rated teenage centre back and, even though he has just signed from Premier League champions Chelsea, …

Sven pulls plug on big-name star because of wage demands

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Sven-Goran Eriksson has revealed he pulled the plug on a loan deal for a ‘big name’ star because of the players’ wage demands. Eriksson brought in 19-year-old defender Jeffrey Bruma on loan from Chelsea last week and did say there might be one more ar…

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