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Sunderland out-foxed by Leicester in season opener

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Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri, who replaced Nigel Pearson in the summer, watched Jamie Vardy head an early opener before a brace from Algerian Riyad Mahrez put the buoyant Foxes out of sight before half-time.

Mahrez, who signed a new deal at the club last week, missed two fine chances to complete his hat-trick before Jermain Defoe gave Sunderland a glimmer of hope by firing past Kasper Schmeichel.

Marc Albrighton put the seal on Leicester's win in the 66th minute and despite Steven Fletcher's late consolation it marked a worrying start to the season for Dick Advocaat's men.

Advocaat wants to sign another two players

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat said in a press conference today that his transfer window acquisition spree is not yet over.

He plans to add another two players to his squad, on top of the five he has already signed this summer.

When asked what's the key to avoiding relegation this season, he said: "bringing in good players".

Advocaat would not be drawn on which players he is considering.

Watch the full press conference here.


Advocaat: "Expect more signings"

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Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat says his summer spending is far from finished as he aims to make his current crop of Black Cats stars fight for their first-team future.

Advocaat has completed five new deals since making his own role at the Stadium of Light permanent at the end of last season, and is eyeing at least two before before the end of the transfer window.

The Dutchman believes many of his side's problems during the last campaign came about because a number of players were able to rest on their laurels with their places in the starting line-up assured.

Yann M'Vila and Jeremain Lens are two of Advocaat's new signings

"The most important thing is that you have competition - that everybody has to fight for their places. You can see now in training that that is improving."

Jeremain Lens is expected to join Jermain Defoe up front in his new side's season-opener at Leicester on Saturday, but there will be no place for fellow new boy Yann M'Vila.

The French international is short of match fitness after arriving on a season-long loan from Rubin Kazan this week, and is instead expected to start with the reserve squad.

Video: Jeremain Lens says he'll clinch sixth derby win in a row for Sunderland

Lens at a training session today

Jeremain Lens has given his first press conference since joining Sunderland from Dynamo Kiev in June.

He said that although he and manager Dick Advocaat are not 'best friends' they know what to expect from each other.

Lens also said he planned to make it five wins in a row for Sunderland against local rivals Newcastle United.

He was also asked about his favourite playing position - he plans to stay on the right for now.

"Playing in the Premier League is a dream come true" says SAFC signing Jeremain Lens

Jeremain Lens has given his first press conference since joining Sunderland from Dynamo Kiev in July.

He said he was excited about the upcoming season, and that "playing in the Premier League is a dream come true."


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