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Leicester 1 - Valencia 1, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

DATE: 01.08.2018 /- TCF - FILBERTWAY

Claude Puel fielded a side to this game that in many ways saw the shape of what we will expect this season, an exciting line up with potential

We missed Demarai Gray, who is out with a minor injury, but Claude Puel has confirmed that Gray is close to recovery.

Puel had also left out Musa, Slimani, Kapustka, Simpson, Ulloa and King, and also missing the clash were injured trio James, Mendy and Evans. Okazaki, Vardy and Maguire were also missing this pre-season friendly v. Valencia.

James Maddison and Ricardo Pereira both played from start in positions that we believe they will get a chance to shine in. Both played a good game and especially Maddision showed skills that we believe will be of Premier League quality, week in and week out.
 

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City performed in a positive away at home, kept position and had the ball more than Valencia. This is one of the better teams in Europe and to see City playing so well against such an opponent is a good indication of what we can expect.

The structure from start was a type of 4-5-1. Maddison in an offensive midfield role in front of Iborra and Ndidi and linking up will with Kelechi Iheanacho who scored his Leicester City's goal as he did in the last friendly against Udinese.

Belaouane and Iheanacho might be overlooked against Manchester United or against Lille, with Vardy and Maguire back in contention, but again a good and well earned performance by Iheanacho.

 

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Maddison impressed in his midfield position and to see so many youngsters doing well and really dominating the game is a big plus. Chilwell, Ndidi, Maddison, Iheanacho and Diabate all played to their best abillity.

A number of youngsters also got their chance in the 2nd half with Choudhury, Ndukwu and Gordon all showing great skills. Knight and Johnson both came on in defence and as we all know they are two great young defender prospects.

Puel send out a signal today, showing a team that also could be without Maguire and Vardy for the opener against Manchester United, but hopefully they will be available even if they report back on Monday and will miss all pre-season action, and just have four days to prepare for the season opener. 

So to sum up the game, here are our positvies and negatives, player ratings and match stats,

Positives:
Solid performance from City, showing great promise against one of Europe's best teams
Kelechi Iheanacho scoring today and against Udinese
Maddison can be a great hit at Premier League level, very exciting player
A view of what Puel are looking for and hopefully he has a group that will win many games next season
Going in front with a positve goal
A number of youngsters trying to grab their chance and really showing good skills

Negatives
Sadly no Gray involved we need him to win games in the Premier League
Letting in a sloppy goal and giving Valencia a chance they shouldn't have got
Not able to convert all chances into goals, Gordon, Johnson and Iheanacho all went close

Player ratings:
Schmeichel 6, Pereira 7, Chilwell 6, Morgan 6, Benalouane 5, Ndidi 6, Iborra 6, Diabate 6, Albrighton 6, Maddison 8, Iheanacho 7
Subs: Elder 5, Amartey 5, Johnson 6, Knight 6, Gordon 6, Thomas 5, Ndukwu 6, Fuchs 5, Silva 7, Choudhury 6,

Match Stats:
H/A
Posession: 54 % / 46 %
Corners: 5 / 2
Shots on target: 5 / 1
Shots wide: 1 / 6
Fouls: 12 / 12
Offsides: 1 / 1


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