Kasper Schmeichel

Leicester City 1-0 Burnley: Foxes on the rise

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Leicester City’s rise continued at the detriment of Burnley’s Top Four ambitions, as the Foxes used a Demarai Gray goal to win 1-0 at King Power Stadium on Saturday.

The win moves Claude Puel‘s bunch ninth with 20 points, while seventh-place Burnley is level with Spurs on 25 points.

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Blonde-haired Riyad Mahrez swept in a cross from the left, and Gray was at the back post to put Leicester ahead within the first quarter hour of play.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson threatened to level the score only to be foiled by Kasper Schmeichel.

The second half saw plenty of chances for the Foxes to claim all three points, with Shinji Okazaki and Riyad Mahrez both denied late in the contest.

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Kasper Schmeichel calls Denmark pitch “horrendous” after Ireland draw

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Denmark would’ve liked to have scored at its home pitch on Saturday during their UEFA World Cup qualifying playoff against the Republic of Ireland, but a scoreless draw was more than sufficient heading into the second leg.

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That being said, not everyone was pleased with the Parken Stadium’s playing surface for a match of its magnitude.

Leicester City and Danish goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was critical of the pitch following the 0-0 draw on Saturday, calling it “horrendous” that wasn’t conducive to support Denmark’s style of play.

“It was an horrendous pitch, which was very disappointing,” Schmeichel said. “There was no grass on it, it was soft, it took me back to the old days at Bury and in League Two.

“We wanted to play incisive football, so it made a bit of difference, but no excuse. They were very dogged.”

Notice that Schmeichel also got a shot in his statement at one of his former clubs and their field — Bury — where he spent time on loan back in 2006.

The two nations will meet again on Tuesday in Ireland, and a win or scoring draw (1-1, 2-2, etc.) would be enough for Schmeichel and Denmark to reach the World Cup with the away goals rule in effect.

Manchester United 2-0 Leicester City: Mourinho’s men do it again

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No one marked Marcus Rashford on a 70th minute corner, and the substitute gave Manchester United its first goal in a 2-0 win over Leicester City at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The win puts United alone atop the Premier League for the time being, with 10 goals scored and not a single concession.

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Leicester has lost two of three to start the season, albeit to Arsenal and Man Utd.

Romelu Lukaku had a penalty saved by Kasper Schmeichel, who was well off his line to stop the well-hit left-footed effort. According to Opta, Kasper now has more penalty saves at Old Trafford than his father, legendary United keeper Peter Schmeichel.

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Juan Mata thought he’d made it 1-0 after some bullish work from Romelu Lukaku, and Mata looked onside when he scored the rebound despite a call from the linesman.

Anthony Martial then started a lightning bit of possession that came within a yard of a goal when Paul Pogba‘s sliding attempt at the back post missed the mark.

Kasper Schmeichel made an outstanding save on Mata in the 20th minute, and Leicester very much could’ve been down three if not for its backstop.

Leicester finally found a chance through Shinji Okazaki after a lay-off from Jamie Vardy, but David De Gea was comfortable in collecting the low shot.

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After a trio of penalty shouts in the early stages of the second half, Danny Simpson handled a cross for what some viewed as a controversial penalty.

It was given, and Lukaku’s effort was strong but stopped by Schmeichel.

Leicester had a promising break to Demarai Gray and Riyad Mahrez cut-out by Phil Jones.

United found its goal off a corner kick as no one marked Rashford, and Fellaini looked a bit offside when he redirected a Jesse Lingard shot beyond the reach of Schmeichel.

Demarai Gray cued Andy King up for a doorstep chance at ruining United’s season clean sheet, but De Gea knocked the offering away.

Report: Kasper Schmeichel linked to Man Utd, Real Madrid

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Manchester United goalkeepers with the surname Schmeichel have a pretty decent history at Old Trafford, and Jose Mourinho may be ready to write some another chapter.

Sky Sports reports that the Red Devils are the favorites to land Leicester City backstop Kasper Schmeichel if David De Gea leaves for Real Madrid this summer.

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Schmeichel, 30, would join his father Peter as Danes to wear the United crest. Peter was an eight-year starter for the Red Devils, winning five Premier League titles and a UEFA Champions League crown.

Kasper has a PL title of his own and got a taste of the UCL this season with Leicester’s quarterfinal run. He may want more of that, something he could get at United or another team that employed his father: Man City.

The reason Sky claims Kasper could choose United over City is his new agent:

United’s chances of landing the 30-year-old Denmark international have improved after Schmeichel left his long-term representatives, Triple S Management, to join Italian agent Luca Bascherini – an agent who enjoys excellent relations at Old Trafford.

It goes on to cite a Spanish report that says Schmeichel could be wanted at Real Madrid if it cannot claim De Gea, whose name hit the gossip circles again this weekend when Guillem Balague claimed the current Man Utd star may leave Old Trafford even though he’d rather stay with Mourinho.

On the Man City part, we haven’t seen a lot of Schmeichel in a role that demands a lot of ball handling but his numbers aren’t great. That obviously could be a function for Leicester’s game plan, but is something to consider.

Report: Arsenal interested in Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel

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According to a report by The Sun, Arsenal is monitoring the progress of Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.

The rumor does make sense. With Petr Cech at 34 years old and having a poor season in front of net and backup David Ospina failing to challenge him for the starting job, the Gunners are looking elsewhere to bring in a potential future starter.

Schmeichel has been one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League the past two seasons. Last season he led the Foxes to the Premier League title, organizing a stunningly good defensive line of patchwork players. This season, the defense has largely regressed and let Schmeichel down, but he has still performed well and has the metrics to remain one of the league’s top shot-stoppers.

The Danish keeper is 30 years old himself, but that puts him in his prime for a goalkeeper. He has been with Leicester City since 2011, and he will tick 250 appearances for the club with his next match. Schmeichel was rumored to be a member of the secret player delegation that worked hard to see Claudio Ranieri pushed out of the club, a sentiment which he and the other players have strongly denied.

Still, with an improbable Premier League title in hand and an appearance in the Champions League quarterfinals now on the cards, there probably isn’t much else for him at Leicester City. It’s possible Schmeichel could look to bank on his past performances and secure a move to a bigger club this summer.

Should Arsene Wenger stay with Arsenal past this season, a possibility that looks more and more likely, he could look to move on from Cech despite signing the former Chelsea goalkeeper just two summers ago.