Barcelona 1-0 Manchester City: Messi stars as Catalonians progress to the quarter-finals

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi was in irresistible form against Manchester City, with the Argentine setting up the only goal of the game, and putting in a fantastic performance to help send the Spaniards through into the Champions League quarter-finals, reports BBC Sport. Manchester City had a 2-1 deficit to overturn from their first leg defeat at the Etihad stadium, but were on the backfoot almost straight from the off against Barcelona. Lionel Messi was running rings around the opposition, and his fellow attackers Luis Suarez and Neymar were tearing the…

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Chelsea eyeing up Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane

Chelsea are weighing up a bumper bid to sign Real Madrid’s central defender Raphael Varane, with the Blues looking for a long-term replacement for veteran centre-back John Terry, reports the Express. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho knows the Frenchman well from his time with the Spanish La Liga giants, and believes he could well be convinced to move if guaranteed first-team football with the Londoners next season. John Terry has already been told that he will remain with Chelsea in 2015/16, but it’s unknown in what capacity. Kurt Zouma has shone…

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Manchester City 2-0 Leicester City: Sky Blues back on form following win over the Foxes

David Silva and James Milner scored either side of half-time to earn the Premier League holders a much-needed win, while cutting their deficit to leaders Chelsea to five points, reports BBC Sport Manchester City were frustrated by their relegation-threatened opponents, with Nigel Pearson’s men deliberately making life difficult to keep the Citizens quiet. It worked well in the opening 45 minutes too, but Leicester’s resistant eventually was broken. Playmaker David Silva saw him first effort initially blocked by Leicester defender Wes Morgan, but the Spaniard made no mistake with the…

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Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson: “Late collapse feels like a defeat”

Leicester City came from behind to lead against Everton, but eventually dropped two points after conceding late on to the Merseyside club. City manager Nigel Pearson says having to take a point after being on course to win “feels like a defeat”, reports BBC Sport. The Foxes went behind in the second-half to Everton, but substitutions made from Pearson made an instant impact. David Nugent and Esteban Cambiasso scored to put City in the lead against all odds. Unfortunately for the Midlands club, they couldn’t hold on, and Everton found…

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Everton 2-2 Leicester City: Upson own goal sees Toffees rescue a point

Leicester City defender Matthew Upson scored an own goal late in game, as Everton come from behind against the Foxes at Goodison Park, reports BBC Sport. Leicester City set up to frustrate the home side at Goodison Park, with the Foxes sitting 10 men behind the ball to limit the space for Everton to play through the defence. The plan worked for Nigel Pearson’s side too, and City went into the break with the game tied at 0-0. Everton created few chances to go ahead in the game, but Leicester…

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West Brom’s Graham Dorrans to join Norwich on loan

West Ham midfielder Graham Dorrans has joined Championship side Norwich City on a month’s loan, reports Sky Sports. The deal is expected to be finalised by the end of week, and will see the Baggies man finally make the move he looked set to make on transfer deadline day. Dorrans was close to completing the move to the Canaries back in January, but the deal fell through. He revealed, however, that he’s remained in contact with the Norfolk club with a view to joining in some capacity. It’s likely that…

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Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson rues inconsistency following FA Cup exit

After Leicester City were undone in the second-half of their clash against Aston Villa, manager Nigel Pearson was critical of his side’s inconsistent performances week after week, reports BBC Sport. Leicester City edged the first half of their FA Cup fifth round game against Aston Villa, but fell apart somewhat after the break, and gave themselves too much to do after going 2-0 down. The Foxes have been in poor form in the league of late too, so confidence in low in the Leicester came. But manager Nigel Pearson is…

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Real Madrid continuing to monitor Spurs’ Kane

Real Madrid have been monitoring the progress of young Tottenham star Harry Kane, fuelling speculation he is the next star to be poached from the club, the Daily Mail is reporting. Kane was the star of the show last weekend as his two goals helped Spurs overcome fierce rivals Arsenal 2-1 at White Hart Lane, with both goals taking his impressive season to 22 strikes already. The 21-year-old was tied to a new long term deal towards the end of January as a reward for his incredible rise to prominence.…

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Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson to escape punishment for altercation with James McArthur

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson is expected to avoid any further punishment for his altercation with Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur, reports Sky Sports. Pearson was seen almost wresting McArthur on the ground when the City boss was accidentally felled during a challenge that also involved Leicester winger Marc Albrighton. But Pearson also tugged the shirt of the Palace midfielder, and after the game said the Scot “said something” to him which answered why he responded in a negative manner. But it appears that the Leicester City manager won’t receive…

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Leicester City deny rumours manager Nigel Pearson has been sacked

Leicester City release a recently statement denying manager Nigel Pearson has been sacked, after rumours suggested the Foxes head coach was dismissed after talks with the board, reports the Guardian. Various sources were reporting that Leicester City had departed with the 51-year-old following a poor run of results that sees them rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table. But Pearson had also had an altercation with Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur in City’s defeat to the Eagles on the weekend, which led many to believe talks with the…

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Leicester vs Crystal Palace – Premier League preview and team news

Leicester City will be aiming to escape the foot of the Premier League table when they take on Crystal Palace in a crucial home fixture. This game is Leicester’s last at the King Power Stadium until March 14, so it is vital they take the three points and ease their relegation fears, having never really threatened to take anything from Manchester United last time out on a day where all their direct rivals lost. Record signing Andrej Kramaric was given his debut, but rarely had a look in as they…

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Former Leicester City target Shinji Okazaki linked with a Premier League move in the summer

According to Sky Sports, Mainz striker Shinji Okazaki could be on his way to the Premier League in the summer, with the Japanese international likely to snub interest from the German Bundesliga. Okazaki, 28, was the subject of a bid from Premier League strugglers Leicester City last month, but their offer was turned down by Mainz. City were said to have made an £8M offer, and th striker himself admitted that joining the Premier League would be a “dream” in his career. But the deal is dead, and now he…

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Leicester City sign Stoke City’s Robert Huth

Premier League strugglers Leicester City are close to signing Stoke City defender Robert Huth on loan until the end of the season, reports Sky Sports. The German centre-back, formerly of Chelsea, is deemed surplus to requirements at the Britannia this season, and has spent the majority of the campaign on the bench, or out of the match day squad entirely. Huth, 30, is currently serving a two-match ban for social media conduct, and is said to have completed a medical with the Foxes ahead of the loan deal. It’s been…

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Chelsea make contact with Sergio Ramos’ agent

Chelsea have made contact with the agent of Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos to sound out a potential shock move to West London in the near future, the Daily Express has claimed. The 28-year-old defender is in no hurry to extend his contract which runs out in 2017 but reportedly wants a more rewarding deal. Ramos is said to be waiting for Madrid to put him on a similar pay level to stars Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema – and has already turned down the first offer from the club. While…

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Arsenal in bid for struggling Barcelona striker Luis Suarez

According to the Express, Arsenal could be lining up a bid for sign Barcelona striker Luis Suarez this month, with the Uruguayan international enduring a difficult start to life with the Catalan giants. The Gunners were previously interested in Suarez when he was still at Liverpool, infamously making a £40M + £1 bid for the 28-year-old that was rejected. But reports are suggesting they could come in again to bolster their attack to challenge for the title next season, as Suarez has struggled to hit form since the move. Suarez…

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Real Madrid back in for Liverpool’s Sterling

Real Madrid are said to be back in the hunt for the signature of Liverpool youngster Raheem Sterling, according to the Daily Star. Last summer it was reported that the Champions League winners were seriously considering making a move for the 20-year-old winger following his super end to the season and performances at the World cup. However a bid never materialised and Sterling remained a Liverpool player. Following a slump in form that culminated in the youngster claiming he was tired, manager Brendan Rodgers sent the player on a short…

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Manchester United delivered blow in pursuit for Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale

Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale has ruled out a move to Manchester United this month, insisting he’s more than happy with the La Liga leaders, reports Sky Sports. The Welsh international, 25, has been linked with a move back to the Premier League, as reports from Spain suggested he had fallen out with Cristiano Ronaldo. Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal was coy when asked about his interest in the winger, with a £120M deal said to be in the offing this month. But Bale has denied the rumours and…

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Premier League clubs alerted by Real Madrid’s Benzema stance

Real Madrid have alerted a host of Premier League clubs including Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool by allegedly failing to rule out a sale of striker Karim Benzema, according to the Daily Star. For a number of seasons Benzema has been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu but the Spanish giants have not cashed in on their main front man to date. However fresh reports surfacing from Spain have claimed that Madrid would be willing to do a deal for the French international while he is at the…

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Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson believes FA Cup win can be catalyst for Premier League turnaround

After Leicester City beat Tottenham 2-1 at White Hart Lane in the FA Cup fourth round, manager Nigel Pearson feels his side have proven they can survive in the Premier League, reports Sky Sports. A late goal from Jeffrey Schlupp sealed victory for Leicester City against Tottenham, but their domestic form hasn’t been so impressive, with the Foxes currently rock bottom in the Premier League after 22 games. “We have found life in the Premier League hard. But we have shown we are capable. There is no point going overboard…

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Ancelotti deals blow to Arsenal’s Illarramendi pursuit

Arsenal have been dealt a blow by Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti who has insisted midfielder Asier Illarramendi will not be leaving the club, the Daily Star has reported. The 24-year-old playmaker has not enjoyed much first team football since his £24m move from Real Sociedad to Madrid and a number of top European clubs are said to be eying up a potential move. Reports claim Arsenal have laid an offer on the table for the Spaniard but Ancelotti has been quick to dismiss all speculation of the midfielder leaving…

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Arsenal’s Cazorla ‘ideal’ for Barcelona says Xavi

Following his very impressive performance against Manchester City at the weekend Barcelona’s Xavi has pinpointed Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla as the one he would most like to join the Catalan club, according to the Metro. The Spanish superstar – who retired from his national side following their disastrous World Cup last summer – has also taken a backwards step in his club duties as he reaches the autumn years of his career. But this has not stopped him looking at what is best for the club and has described the…

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Wigan reject bid from West Brom for Callum McManaman

According to Sky Sports, Wigan Athletic have turned down an improved bid of £3.5M from West Brom for winger Callum McManaman. Following West Brom’s goalless draw away to Everton, new Albion head coach admitted he was after “three or four players” in the January window. He added: “You put them in and see what the clubs want. It’s not just (McManaman), there’s other people we’ve asked and enquired about. Then we’ll take a view about value for money and what is right for us.” But Wigan Athletic are adamant on…

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Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson hoping side can accommodate new striker Andrej Kramaric

After securing the signing of prolific striker Andrej Kramaric, Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson hopes his side can supply the bullets for him to fire, reports Sky Sports. The 23-year-old, who rejected Chelsea to sign from HNK Rijeka this month, joined Leicester off the back of 37 goals scored in 42 games, and made his debut for the Foxes against Stoke City. The new arrival struggled in his 20 minutes on the pitch, but Pearson is hoping the side will rally around him to get him to fire. “He’s a…

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Leicester City 0-1 Stoke City: Bojan magic settles close affair at the King Power Stadium

Stoke City forward Bojan scored the only goal of the game, as the Potters earned a valuable away win against Leicester City, reports BBC Sport. Bojan was showing signs of quality all through the game, with the Spaniard looking the most likely to score in what was a game of few clear-cut opportunities. Victor Moses also impressed for the visitors, but in the first-half Stoke couldn’t find a way through. Leicester didn’t have many chances in the game against a somewhat organised Stoke side, and eventually the away side struck…

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Leicester City set to sign Wigan’s Shaun Maloney

According to BBC Sport, Leicester City are set to sign Wigan winger Shaun Malone, after the two sides agree a fee of just under £1M. The 31-year-old was targeted by Leicester manager Nigel Pearson, as his side have been struggling for goals this season in the Premier League. The Foxes have been desperate for attacking reinforcements, and Maloney is one of many players expected to be coming through the doors this month. His contract was due to expire in the summer, so the Latics have looked to cash in on…

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