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Crystal Palace 5 - Leicester City 0, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

DATE: 28.04.2018 - THE CUNNING FOX - BLOG

 

We all hoped for a good game and a positive Leicester performance, but we got the total opposite and something we never thought was possible, losing 5-0 away to Crystal Palace

v Crystal Palace
28.04.2018, Premier League
KO 15.00, Selhurst Park

 

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Fousseni Diabate

Full Name: Fousseni Diabate

Date of Birth: 18 October 1995
Birthplace: Aubervilliers, France

Previous Club: Gazelec Ajaccio, Transfer Fee: Undisclosed

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Match Facts - Crystal Palace

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Match Facts

Event: Premier League, Date: Saturday, April 28 2018

Crystal Palace - Leicester City  5-0  (2-0)

Stadium: Selhurst Park Attendance: 25 750 

Leicester City: Ben Hamer 6, Marc Albrighton 4, Wes Morgan 5, Harry Maguire 4, Wilfred Ndidi 5 (Alexandar Dragovic, 51, 5), Hamza Choudhury 4 (Adrian Silva, 46, 5), Riyad Mahrez 5, Demarai Gray 5, Jamie Vardi 5, Kelechi Iheanacho 4 (Fousseni Diabate, 46, 6) Manager: Claude Puel 1

Goals: -


City started well and an attempt from Jamie Vardy early in the first half was stopped on the line. A goal here could have done the day
totally different. But just minutes after, the player tcf feared teh most, Wilfried Zaha, started the goal rush for Crystal Palace.

Puel had again made changes to the team, and now we start to wonder why he is doing the changes. Silva was dropped, needs more appearances to adapt to Premier League, Simpson again dropped on the right back and Morgan was back in the team.

Alexandar Dragovic played a great game against Southampton and the defence was ok in that game. We would like to see Albrighton higher in the field, he did well on the right back, but would not use him there, we need the player higher in the field..
 

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McArthur assisted Zaha on the first goal, when the 2nd came a number of minutes later, the roles where switched. Zaha made the pass to McArthur. Chilwell again showed lack of good defending, both goals scored on his side of defence.

Claude Puel decided to make two changes after the first half, taking off Choudhury and Iheanacho (both young players being in a way blamed for the errors), bringing on Diabate and Silva.

To use those two from start in this type of game is a bit strange. As we said in the preview would like to see City in a 4-4-1-1, but then a player like Iheanacho is a sub or just one used if Vardy is not available.
 

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2nd half became a nightmare when Marc Albrighton was sent off, and despite a number of attempts from Diabate just minutes before and a possession ratio that was actually in % better for Leicester than Crystal Palace before the sending off.

The last 10 minutes of the game ended in a tragedy, with three more goals conceded. Former fox Patrick Van Aanholt scored one of the goals, Benteke and Luftus Cheek with the two others.

Leicester was as many times before under Puel, good in possession but in front of goal and in defence, where the games are won or lost, it never really worked out, as so many times before.

Positives
Giving young players a chance to show their skills
Jamie Vardy was close in the early minutes, but the chance was saved on the line

Negatives
Too many strange changes in and out, not really understanding the path forward
Albrighton is needed higher in the field, making crosses to Vardy and other players
Iheanacho looks totally lost, what is the purpose with him in the team, he struggles to find his place
Puel must have forgotten about Wilfried Zaha, the player to mark out and keep quiet
Simpson is the best right back defensively, Fuchs is also the best left back alternative defensively
Losing 5-0 to a struggling Premier League side is not good enough, and should be addressed


Stats & Facts, H/A
Possession: 50 % / 50 %, Corners: 8 / 2, Shots on Target: 3 / 4, Shots Wide: 5 / 2, Fouls: 12 / 9,  Offside: 1 / 0,
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