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Pre-season friendly, Luton v Leicester 0-1, difficult to be in the drivers seat

DATE: 26.07.2017 - THE CUNNING FOX - NEWSDESK

 

City dominated the game, and Luton played the style of football foxes really enjoy the most. It was a frustrating game with a late winner from Riyad Mahrez as the only goal

City came out in a 4-4-2 formation, with a team of players that should "drive over" a team from the 4th tier of English football. Newly signed Eldin Jakupovic was in goal and to keep a clean sheet is a good start, but he was hardly involved.

The back four had a day of a lot of involvement and stopped most of the Luton attempts before they became chances. Simpson out to the right, Maguire and Benalouane in the centre and Callum Elder playing to the left.

Elder especially looked good against this type of opposition and showed that he can play well to the left. But with both Chilwell and Fuchs in front of him in that position he might be one to loan out, or even sold before the season starts.
 

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Shakespeare played Ndidi, Iborra, Musa and Albrighton in midfield. Albrighton named captain and doing ok, Iborra had a shot, but couldn't lead City as well as aspected, with Ndidi and Musa both doing their job.

Musa played all 90 minutes and was involved in most of the offensive creativtiy that led to a number of half chances, and he was also the one setting up Mahrez for the winner. A good performance by Musa and the best player on the field at Kenilworth Road.

Up front Ulloa and Okazaki never really found each other and the fact that Vardy never entered the field might have something to do with the fact that so little were happening.

City had a sort of chance early on, hitting the crossbar, but it faded out and Luton worked hard and they pushed and pressed in a way that made Shakespeare's men a bit stressed.
 

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A few changes were made at half time, bringing on Drinkwater, Slimani and Amartey coming on. Later in the game Morgan, King and Mahrez gets their minutes. Lawrence gets on for Okazaki in the 72nd minute.

Darnell Johnson and Christian Fuchs both comes on. Johnson makes his Leicester City first team debut, the England U.19 international comes on for Danny Simpson. Christian Fuchs replaces Callum Elder.

With Mahrez on the field things starts to happen and his "driving force" makes it more of an attacking game. The positives from the game must be of course that it's the 2nd win in pre-season, a clean sheet, a number of players involved.

But all in all the game should have been "killed off" by City much earlier and a 3-0 win would have been the real result if chances and attempts had been effectively used and not wasted.

City are not a team used to be in the drivers seat, and all in all considering the domination, the verdict must be, frustrating display.

Fans must of course be patient, but it's only 16 days left to decide what team to field against Arsenal. The squad is not 100 % settled, players might be leaving and we are waiting on one, maybe two more signings before things are settled.

The next pre-season game is the one, away to MK Dons on Friday, we hope for a better match performance by the City team.

Stats from the game, posession 41 % - 59 %,  goal attempts 6 - 18, Big chanses 0 - 2, Offsides 1 - 4.

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