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Morgan: Leicester can defy odds to defend title

Wes Morgan is confident Leicester can defend the Premier League title. Credit: PA

Leicester captain Wes Morgan believes his side can defy the odds again by defending their Premier League title.

The Foxes' 5000/1 success last year captured the nation's imagination but they once again find themselves behind the division's traditional heavyweights in the pre-season betting.

Morgan, though, insists there is no lack of belief in the dressing room.

Speaking ahead of Sunday's Community Shield against Manchester United, Morgan told BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek: "Last season no-one thought it was possible and we did that, so why not? We're defending champions, we're full of confidence, we know what we're capable of.

"On our day we are capable of beating anyone so I don't see we can't go ahead and do it again.

"We're going to have to be ready for the onslaught, so to speak, but that's to be expected as defending champions. We'll be ready when the time comes."

Fixtures for 2016/17 Premier League announced

The fixtures for the upcoming 2016/17 Premier League season have been announced.

The season begins on 13th August Credit: ITV News Central

Stoke City will begin their campaign with an away trip to newly promoted Middlesbrough.

West Bromwich Albion will also start the season away at Crystal Palace.

Premier League champions Leicester City will begin their title defence away against Championship play-off winners Hull City.

The season kicks off on 13th August.

Aston Villa's new owner begins search for manager

Arsenal v Aston Villa match on Sunday Credit: PA

Aston Villa's new owner is beginning his search for a manager this morning.

It was confirmed yesterday that Chinese businessman Dr Tony Jiantong Xia had bought the club for a reported sum of £60 million.

In a statement Villa revealed that his main objective is to return the club to the Premier League.

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Leicester title win was madness - Drinkwater

Danny Drinkwater says Leicester's title win proved people wrong Credit: PA

Danny Drinkwater described Leicester's season as "madness" after the champions finished 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League.

The midfielder, who made his England debut against Holland in March, scored the equaliser in the 1-1 draw at Chelsea on the final day of the campaign.

It meant Claudio Ranieri's Foxes finished the season with a 12-match unbeaten run since the February 14 loss at Arsenal, one of just three defeats.

The goal at Stamford Bridge, cancelling out Cesc Fabregas' penalty, was Drinkwater's second goal of the season, following his January strike against Stoke and he celebrated energetically in front of the travelling Leicester fans.

Madness. If you'd said that (we would win the title) at the start of the season everyone would be saying 'no chance'. But we've proved a hell of a lot of people wrong. I hit it clean and enjoyed the celebration.

More importantly we continued on this unbeaten run, which was perfect. We've lost three games this season, which is a reflection on how well we've done as a team.

Home and away the fans have been brilliant. They've had a lot to cheer about. Credit to them, they backed us all the way.

– Danny Drinkwater

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Standing ovation for Ranieri as Chelsea fans urge Terry stay

Chelsea fans made their feelings known. Credit: PA

Chelsea fans hailed former boss Claudio Ranieri and urged skipper John Terry to stay as champions Leicester visited Stamford Bridge.

Blues players, including suspended skipper Terry, former a guard of honour for Leicester as they emerged from the tunnel.

Ranieri, who managed Chelsea between 2000 and 2004, was then handed a ceremonial plate by his old club while the home fans sung his name and gave him a standing ovation.

The Italian, 64, guided Chelsea to second place during his spell in charge, their highest finish for 49 years, only to eventually be replaced by Jose Mourinho.

But he returned to his old stomping ground as a Premier League champion with unfancied Leicester to face the Blues, who brought Mourinho's second stint as boss to an end in December amid a season of struggle.

Terry, who played under Ranieri, took his seat behind the dug-out as a huge banner reading 'John Terry, Proper Chelsea' was unfurled in the Shed End.

Hospitals in Leicester 'feeling effect' of yesterday's game

Hospitals in Leicester say they are "feeling the effect" of yesterday's Leicester City match with Everton, with many people using the Accident and Emergency departments.

The University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, which runs the Royal Infirmary, General and Glenfield Hospitals, tweeted to urge people not to use the A&E unless it's vital.

Thousands were celebrating in the city last night as the Foxes lifted the Premier League Trophy after beating Everton 3-1.

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