Leicester 0, Cardiff 1, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

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A must win after two fantastic results v. Chelsea and Man City, but the line-up was changed and also the formation, Wes Morgan out with “sickness” and to see Hamza just dropped all together was difficult to understand.

Puel is a bold person, and he refused to take into consideration the impact of Hamza Choudhury in the last three games, were he has been absolutely fantastic. To see him totally dropped was a massive blow.

Leicester have played almost all season without Hamza, so to go back to the old system and introduce Demarai Gray again would probably not be that big a change, but it makes you really wonder a bit about the structure, the plan and the idea behind it all.

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Leicester were the better team in this game and the possession made this a totally different game than those against the top teams. A number of good half chances was what we all got, but nothing concrete.

Cardiff battled really hard, and they are a team that will try to make it difficult for opponents. We all hoped for something to happen in 2nd half after a difficult first half firstly finding a solution with a totally different opponent.

Leicester had enough chances during 2nd half to be able to kill this game off and when sub Rachid Ghezzal found James Maddison with a clever pass, and Maddison was taken down and rewarded a penalty, everyone thought the winning run should just continue.

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James Maddison took the penalty himself, because Vardy had been taken off, but the best player on the field, Cardiff goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, saved a poor penalty from the Leicester midfielder, and this game looked a certain draw after that.

Ghezzal went from being a positive contributer to a “bad guy” with an awful pass straight to a Cardiff player instead of just playing the ball in the air forward. This was a great gift to Victor Camarasa who scored with a perfect curled ball in the right top corner.

The two “big shock wins” against Chelsea and Man City was now followed by a dreadful defeat v. Cardiff City, a team that should be defeated at King Power Stadium any day of the week. The fact that all three points were picked up away against Cardiff, makes it even more “citrus” to accept this terrible end to a game that could have been won.

  • Positives:
    • Playing with possession and getting a penalty
    • A relatively good performance and close to a new win
    • No injuries, no yellows
  • Negatives:
    • Choudhury, why take him out, he has been brilliant
    • Vardy not able to play as well as we would have liked
    • Missed penalty
    • Ghezzal a defensive threat
    • Not able ot convert possession into results

Player Ratings: Schmeichel 6. Pereira 6, Chilwell 6, Soyuncu 6, Maguire 7, Ndidi 6, Mendy 6, Albrighton 5, Vardy 5, Maddison 6, Subs: Ghezzal, Iheanacho, Okazaki,

Match Stats: H/A

  • Possession: 57 / 43
  • Corners: 10 / 4
  • Shots on target: 2 / 7
  • Shots wide: 6 / 3
  • Fouls: 14 / 15
  • Offsides: 0 / 1

 

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