English Premiership

‘Leicester can take heart despite loss’

2016-08-10 15:19
Anthony Martial and Luis Hernandez (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Luis Hernandez believes Leicester City's performance in last Sunday's Community Shield against Manchester United proves that, despite the result, the reigning champions will again be a match for the Premier League's biggest sides this season.

The summer signing from Sporting Gijon has urged his teammates to take encouragement from their 2-1 defeat in Sunday's traditional English football season opener at Wembley and to use their near miss as motivation in their Premier League opener against Hull City on Saturday.

''It is important that we have the hurt in the next game next Saturday,'' the 27-year-old told LCFC TV on Tuesday. ''It is important to start the season well after last season. I hope we can play well and get the win.''

Leicester were the surprise packages of last season, winning the Premier League title after starting as 5 000 to 1 outsiders. This summer they received a major boost when Jamie Vardy rejected Arsenal in favour of staying the champions although key midfielder N'Golo Kante joined Chelsea for £30 million.

''The team played a good game and we showed that again this season we can compete with the Premier League's big clubs,'' said Hernandez. ''We can be happy with the performance and be confident for the season.''

Zlatan Ibrahimovic secured the Community Shield for FA Cup holders United with a late winner after Jamie Vardy's second-half strike had cancelled out Jesse Lingard's opener.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
30 September 2016
Everton v Crystal Palace, Goodison Park 21:00
01 October 2016
Swansea City v Liverpool, Liberty Stadium 13:30
West Ham United v Middlesbrough, Olympic Stadium 16:00
Sunderland v West Bromwich Albion, Stadium of Light 16:00
Hull City v Chelsea, The KC Stadium 16:00
Watford v Bournemouth, Vicarage Road 16:00
02 October 2016
Manchester United v Stoke City, Old Trafford 13:00
Leicester City v Southampton, King Power Stadium 15:15
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City, White Hart Lane 15:15
Burnley v Arsenal, Turf Moor 17:30
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Will Jose Mourinho lead Manchester United to the English Premiership title in 2016/17?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

Big month in the world of golf as the FedEx Cup concludes on the PGA Tour, the Race to Dubai gathers steam on the European Tour and the Sunshine Tour offers local golfers the chance to bank some cash. Oh, and not forgetting the USA v Europe Ryder Cup showdown at Hazeltine!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.