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Southampton 1 - Leicester 4, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

DATE: 13.12.2017 - THE CUNNING FOX - NEWSDESK

 

What a performance, and again soft rotation from Puel really showed how it should be done. City scored early and with two more in the first half it was a definate win

City started at St. Mary's as they finished at St. James, with great goals and great play. City's first was a nice one from Riyad Mahrez, assisted by Shinji Okazaki who was back in the team and showed why he can be a key player.

The 2nd goal was Okazaki himself converting, and City were 2-0 up after 32 minutes. Four minutes later it was time again for another fine goal, scored by Andy King, coming in on the back of the Southampton defence and scoring on an open goal from a great pass of Maguire.

City could have scored more, especially Jamie Vardy came close, just before the 2-0 goal. City played to their total strenghts and it was really something in this performance that reminded us on what went on two years ago.
 

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Second halft started with a bit of pressure from Southampton, playing City deep, but no one can be certain when Okazaki and Vardy are on the field, they can change a result in seconds.

When Southampton pushed forward, gaps were opened and Okazaki could run into this holes and show what a great player he is. Today he was without doubt City's best out there.

A glip by the City defence opened up for Southampton to score inside the City penalty box, and they could have had one more, but a crucial save from Schmeichel still kept City to a 3-1 lead.
 

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A few minutes after this fantastic Southampton chance, Okazaki striked again after being set up by Vardy, who had two assists but left the field without scoring this time. Okazaki had one assist and scored two.

City made a few substitutions towards the end to rest important players, as Puel did when starting a bit of surprising eleven, with King playing alongside N'Didi, Chilwell playing in midfield, and of course Okazaki in behind Vardy.

Everything worked out perfect and the plan might be to rest a few players, get the soft rotation to work well and keeping more players involved in a very busy schedule going on.

Positives:
Scoring three goals in one half
A lot of players involved in very positive activity
Puel balancing Leicester's squad perfectly.
Okazaki playing his best game in a City shirt
51 % posession away from home, not just a counterattacking team anymore
Puel is moving City into a more quality performing team
Schmeichel making game winning saves

Negatives:
Nothing

Player ratings:
Schmeichel 9, Simpson 7, Fuchs 6, Maguire 8, Morgan 8, Ndidi 7, King 8, Okazaki 9, Vardy 8, Mahrez 7, Chilwell 6
Subs: Gray, Albrighton, Ulloa

Match Stats:
H/A
Possession: 49 % / 51 %
Corners: 9 / 9
Shots on target: 3 / 6
Shots wide: 3 / 2
Fouls: 13 / 9
Offsides: 3 / 1

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