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Leicester 1 - Burnley 0, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

DATE: 02.12.2017 - THE CUNNING FOX - NEWSDESK

 

Another perfect performance by Leicester, scoring only one goal, but keeping a clean sheet and really showing quality needed to bag three points in a difficult game

The game was probably killed after just 6 minutes when Demarai Gray scored from a Riyad Mahrez deflection and made everything a bit easier for City. The game was more like a transport lap this time.

Claude Puel made one change from the previous game v. Spurs and that made sence. Out with Okazaki and in with Gray. A move that made City a more offensive team, moving Mahrez in behind Vardy and Gray in at the flank.

Puel will probably not get it right all the time but to win two games against opposition above in the table is a sign of strength. He is analysing the game coming up and the oppostion in a way that he makes moves in team selection that shows who you are playing against.
 

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Burnley never really was a treath and City could have scored more. But attempts were stopped by their goalkeeper Nick Pope, who looked solid and one man to watch. The former Charlton goalkeeper was brilliant and has been all season.

In the 2nd half both Demarai Gray, hitting the post, and Riyad Mahrez had chances to bring the score to a higher level, but it was never to be. Would say that the defence today, and especially Ben Chilwell, showed class.

Chilwell will if he continues to play in the side, be one that could be considered for the full England squad, with the left back position a bit of a riddle for Gareth Southgate.
 

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The gap to Burnley is still five points but City are closer to the top six than ever before, with also Everton chasing behind, winning again and are now up on 18, just two points behind City.

Impressed by Puel so far, he is really using the squad to it's strength. The real exam for Puel will come when he is up against more top six teams and also making moves in the transfer marked in January.

City will play Newcastle away in their next Premier League game, a big test. If Puel pulls of antother win away then City will be on the road to something special this season.

Positives:
Winning a game against another opponent above in the table
Getting to 20 points and be in a positive steam
Soft rotation, based on opponent and skill needed against Burnley
Again 51 % ball posession, which in a way shows that City are able to win games not only by counter attacking
Chilwell and Gray among the best performers, youngsters are contributing
Maguire and Morgan winning the fights against the long ball Burnley
No yellow cards, no injuries

Negatives:
Not converting more, could have at least had one more goal

Player ratings:
Schmeichel 8, Simpson 7, Chilwell 8, Maguire 7, Morgan 7, Ndidi 7, Iborra 7, Albrighton 7, Gray 8, Vardy 6, Mahrez 8
Subs: Okazaki

Match Stats:
H/A
Possession: 51 % / 49 %
Corners: 4 / 5
Shots on target: 4 / 5
Shots wide: 4 / 5
Fouls: 3 / 11
Offsides: 1 / 6

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