Leicester land ex-Chelsea star for £3m

first_imgLeicester City have completed the signing of Robert Huth, it has been confirmed.The German centre-back spent the back end of last season on loan at the King Power stadium and helped the Foxes survive the threat of relegation against all odds.And Nigel Pearson has decided to make the move permanent, snaring his target in a £3million transfer from Stoke City.Huth is Leicester’s second signing of the summer after acquiring Christian Fuchs on a free transfer. 1 Robert Huth in action for Leicester City last_img read more

Community Shield 2015: Chelsea’s predicted line-up against Arsenal

first_imgJose Mourinho gave little away in his pre-match press conference ahead of Chelsea’s Community Shield match against Arsenal, which you can hear live on talkSPORT.He confirmed he had a fully fit squad to choose from after Gary Cahill and Diego Costa picked up knocks on the club’s pre-season tour of the United States.Therefore, it is likely new signing Radamel Falcao will have to settle for a place on the bench, along with new backup goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.Mourinho called the game “more than a friendly” and “less than a league game” as he prepares to rekindle his rivalry with Arsene Wenger.See how Chelsea could line up below:Goalkeeper:Thibaut Courtois will certainly be Mourinho’s no.1 this season, despite the signing of Asmir Begovic. The Bosnia goalkeeper will get minutes in the domestic cup competitions but do not expect to see him making his competitive debut at Wembley on Sunday.Defence:Now that Cahill has been confirmed as fit for the match, last season’s tightest defence picks itself. John Terry will lead out the side having played every minute of Chelsea’s 38 league games last term.Kurt Zouma had been tipped to start had the former Bolton defender not been deemed fit but this will likely be the back five you will see on the majority of Mourinho’s team sheets throughout the forthcoming season.Midfield:Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas ran every midfield they came up against as the Blues marched to the Premier League title. Matic has established himself as the best defensive midfielder in the league and will be spending much of his day making sure Mesut Ozil does not assert his influence upon proceedings. Fabregas comes up against his old club but do not expect any divided loyalties. The World Cup winner contributed 18 assists in his first Chelsea season and with the front four he has ahead of him, it is likely he will get near that total again.Attack:Like Cahill, Costa’s return to fitness will be a massive relief for Chelsea considering all of the time he spent on the treatment table since arriving at Stamford Bridge. Consequently, Falcao will have to wait for the chance to prove to an English audience that he is still the world class player he once was.Behind him, he has the creative, attacking trident of Eden Hazard, Willian and Oscar. The two Brazilians are available for selection following their Copa America exploits in Chile over the summer while Hazard will be looking to show the world his name belongs in the same sentence as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, like Mourinho claimed this week.  The Community Shield between Arsenal and Chelsea is live on talkSPORT from 3pm on Sunday. 1 Diego Costa last_img read more

Louis van Gaal dismisses poor Man United performance and insists only victory matters

first_imgManchester United manager Louis van Gaal has dismissed complaints about his side’s performance against Aston Villa and insisted only victory matters.The Red Devils have now won their first two Premier League games for the first time in four years after defeating Tottenham and the Villans.A shaky performance against Tim Sherwood’s men on Friday night, though, left some questioning summer signings and their squad depth.But Van Gaal reiterated that early on in the campaign it is only the points that matter not the way the team plays.“I’m satisfied because you can’t get any more than six points. I’m very happy,” he told talkSPORT.“The performances still need a few more matches [to come together] because we’ve only had five weeks of preparations but some players have only had two weeks. You cannot expect us to be at our best straight away.“I’m very sorry to say that but other teams have this problem as well. I have said to my players the most important thing is the win and we have won.”last_img read more