Lovely Leicester, travel guide and hopefully soon life as normal

Living in Scandinavia makes it challenging to be at every home game, but travelling to Leicester has over the years been something of a habit with more than 70 visits to the city over the last 20 years.

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With short travel distance with plane from several Norwegian and Swedish city’s we are spoiled with chances to watch football live at King Power Stadium, and hopefully we will be back for games when things are normal again.

We have stayed at a number of hotels over the years but what is important for us is the distance from the station, the city centre and of course possible to walk to and from games at The King Power.

You will find interesting and great links to sites related to Leicester City on our site, and we have also a section for the hotells we recommend. Some people like to travel on budget, and some would probably spend a bit more.

We love to go out and a have a meal together often visiting the Indian cuisine and also having a beer at one of the friendly pubs that you will find a number of in and around the city.

If you are looking for a great weekend why not try the new Novotel in the city centre, prices are from £80+ per night and it looks really swell. You are also close to everything, both to the city centre and in walking distance to the ground, but of course a bit away from the railway station, might have to take a cab.

This hotel will be worth a visit, it looks fantastic and for our next trip back to Leicester, we might try this hotell out, it will of course be special occasion as we have been “locked down” both here and there.

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We have recommended the budget hotells Ibis and Premier Inn, both well placed and good priced in fine distances for all our priority destinations, and also The Belmont has been one often used by our group, we have now also added Novotel to our list of preferred hotells.

Leicester City in’s and out’s, more deals to be completed, Arsenal, Barcelona and Roma in the mix!

Leicester City did confirm today the move of Ben Chilwell to Chelsea, and as this transfer was taken over the line, new deals could be completed shortly. Leicester City played their first pre-season friendly today and a number of players were absent.

Dennis Praet did not feature among the 22 selected and his name has lateley been linked with a possible return to Serie A and FC Turin. Praet struggled a bit last season and found himself often taken off or being used as a sub by Brendan Rodgers.

Brendan Rodgers has been busy with new contracts offered and accepted by Nampalys Mendy, Jamie Vardy and James Maddision, who all will of course then be part of the future first team plans at the club.

Demarai Gray did play today, but could be triggered by a possible chance to join Tottenham Hotspur and free up space to sign Odsonne Edouard from Celtic who looks as the most obvious option among the attacking players linked to the club, but to just throw a bit of cold water into that rumour, Arsenal are also keen.

Islam Slimani is a target for Rennes and hopefully that move will be completed and sorted, the same to be said about Adrien Silva who has attracted interest from CSKA Moscow. Rachid Ghezzal spent last season on loan at Fiorentina and no surprise if he departs as well.

What we did see today v. Birmingham City were a group of young players that are serious contenders for a place in and around the first team with quality shown in all areas. Especially Josh Knight, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall and Sidney Tavares impressed and with Luke Thomas, not playing today, also in the mix, the club have so much talent to bring forward.

The left back position is one heavily discussed after the departure of Ben Chilwell, and with an aging Christian Fuchs and a young and unproven Luke Thomas as the two only alternatives, most believe that a new signing will be made to cover that position.

There are of course rumours out there, but if you look at it with an objective eye, Leicester City are not the only club in the chase, and regarding one said to be among Brendan Rodgers favorites, Atalanta’s Timothy Castagne, he is also a top target for Roma.

Nicolas Tagliafico might be listed as a close target for Leicester City, but he is also a player linked with Barcelona, and that might see this rumour a bit colder than we would expect from just looking at it with Leicester City glasses on.

Fulham alternative Joe Brien is one player that has been linked over a period of time, and also Roma defender Juan Jesus are among names mentioned lately, if Tagliafico is out of the picture, Kiernan Tierney from Arsenal, who is among those linked, would be a personal favorite.

Other names to consider and mentioned are Norwich City’s Jamal Lewis, Angers and French U.21 international Rayan Ait Nouri, and of course you have Ryan Bertrand and Vitesse’s Max Clark also in the talking zone.

Birmingham 0, Leicester 2, positives and negatives, player ratings, and match report

Pre-season friendly v. Birmingham City at Wast Hill’s became a positive experience for Leicester City. Brendan Rodgers had a mix of players from the U.23 set up and the first team squad, getting back to action after a few weeks of rest.

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Leicester City had a lot of first team players absent, such as Jamie Vardy, Wilfred Ndidi and Jonny Evans, also missing were James Maddison, Dennis Praet, Kelechi Iheanacho, Ayoze Perez, Ricardo Pereira and Christian Fuchs, but the team was still with a number of first team men, such as Kasper Schmeichel, James Justin, Harvey Barnes, Demarai Gray, Marc Albrighton and Youri Tielemans, interesting starts for Thakgalo Leshabela, Josh Knight, George Hirst and Sidnei Tavares, Nampalys Mendy also in the team.

First half Leicester City just pushed the ball around, Harvey Barnes had a great chance to score, and it was put pressure on Birmingham City. Not that many chances though out in the “green fields” of Birmingham.

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Brendan Rodgers made a number of chances for 2nd half bringing on Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall and Hamza Choudhury who both played well, Darnel Johnsen, George Josh Eppiah, Filip Benkovic, Admiral Muskwe, Danny Ward and Marc Albrighton were also coming on.

Great to see Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall in the team, and his presence in midfield made it a better Leicester City side, hopefully he will not leave for Luton Town, because he is TCF’s view a better player than some of the players Brendan Rodgers have given confidence in the first team last season, and Dewsbury-Hall scored his goal after a great Youri Tielemans pass, Leicester City were well deserved 1-0 up after 53 minutes.

Leicester City just pushed on and it was impressive to see how this new composition of a team just knocked on and Marc Albrighton scored the next, a bizarre goal, with the former Aston Villa favorite sprinting on a ball that looked hopeless but the goalkeeper hit him and it went straight in, 2-0, 71 minutes.

Just a few minutes later Leicester City’s Admiral Muskwe was taken down and a penalty it was, sadly Muskwe, who also looked lively and very positive together with Eppiah up front, missed the kick.

Brendan Rodgers really tested the youngsters, also giving minutes to Vontae Daley-Campbell, Ethan Fitzhugh and Wanya Marcel Madivadua, all of them showing great promise and pushing on.

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Leicester City started the pre-season in style, all players showing what they were worth and promising to watch so much talent. Birmingham City is a Championship side and with such a mixed group, it was great to see them all performing so well.

Leicester City turned out in their new “maroon” kit and a feeling of Northampton Town came along, but as long as the team is winning, don’t mind the colours of the kit.

  • Positives
    • Starting with a 2-0 win, always good to win
    • Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall had a great second half
    • Lots of young and exciting players to watch
  • Negatives:
    • Admiral Muskwe missing his penalty
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 5, Justin 5, Soyuncu 6, Knight 6, Tielemans 7, Leshabela 6, Tavares 6, Gray 6, Barnes 6, Hirst 5, Mendy 5, Subs: Ward 6, Dewsbury-Hall 7, Choudhury 6, Albrighton 6, Benkovic 6, Muskwe 6, Eppiah 6, Fitzhugh, Daley-Campbell, Johnson, Marcel Madivadua

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Leicester City, Man of the Match

    • Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall

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