Leicester 2, Man City 1, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

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The win against Chelsea made a clear point, that anything is possible, and we all know the past result in the Carabao Cup against Man City and of course to win at home is always possible even against the very best.

The team was unchanged from last game and to see this just continuing was what all hoped for. But it never started as well as everyone had hoped for. A full Leicester City stadium had to see Man City taking the lead with a fine strike from Bernardo.

But the joy for Man City lasted only five minutes, when Jamie Vardy crossed a perfect ball to Marc Albrighton, almost like a telepathic pass from Jamie found Marc inside the penalty box and his header was a real cute one, amazingly nice to be back and level.

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Man City never really looked like they were going to sleep, but with so much possession you need to convert, and Leicester City did their best to keep pressure of Kasper Schmeichel who was not as much exposed as you would think.

We would like to give credit to Harry Maguire and Wes Morgan who both had a great game and looks as the preferred pair in the middle, and great credit to Wes who is close to earning a new contract and taking this challenge from other stoppers as a giant should do.

Man City chased the winner, but instead it was Leicester City who had the best of luck this Saturday, without really needing to many chances to score their second goal.

A perfect placed strike from Ricardo Pereira found the net behind Ederson and this was the goal that secured all three points for Leicester against at top top side. To get both the Chelsea and Man City scalp and two straight wins, is just fantastic.

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Both games against Chelsea and Man City were won in the same style as the club managed to get so many great results in the past, without having the ball too much, today only 35% possession.

This type of football is of course happening when other sides come forward and against those teams that have a bit more quality, but interesting to see that the defense now is more secure, playing together for a while.

City are up against Cardiff next and that is also at home, so hopefully no banana skins here, and another three points in the bag would be great. Everton will be next on the agenda and at least a draw away at Goodison will keep the smiles on all faithful Leicester City fans.

  • Positives:
    • Getting back shortly after coming under
    • Be able to carve out yet another win, after a great battle
    • Vardy serving to Albrighton, fantastic pass
    • Changes done works and to keep the same team also worked well
    • Winning without possession
  • Negatives:
    • Maguire and Vardy yellowed

Player Ratings: Schmeichel 7. Pereira 9, Chilwell 7, Morgan 7, Maguire 7, Ndidi 6, Choudhury 7, Albrighton 8, Vardy 7, Mendy 7, Maddison 7, Subs: Gray, Simpson, Okazaki,

Match Stats: H/A

  • Possession: 35 / 65
  • Corners: 3 / 7
  • Shots on target: 2 / 7
  • Shots wide: 4 / 5
  • Fouls: 5 / 8
  • Offsides: 1 / 3

 

Leicester and Puel opens up about their transfer window approach and activity plan

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Interesting views from Claude Puel after his recent press conference talking about the way he will approach this new transfer window, and he also explained what to do and not to do over this more and more special period regarding transfer activity.

In the past windows we all remember the club and previous managers doing a bit of business and also making crucial signings for the future of the club and other moves that never turned out as they were supposed to.

Andrej Kramaric was a January window buy, back in 2015. Not that long ago actually, but times passing by. Daniel Amartey and Demarai Gray were two Ranieri signings back in January 2016, and again Claudio Ranieri managed to sign Wilfred Ndidi in 2017, turning out be become a very iportant player for the club.

In the last January window, the only one under Claude Puel, Fousseni Diabate was the only player to join, and we believe that Claude also in this window will do little or no activitiy, due to the current squad and the situation at the club.

A number of players could leave, and also believed that others will during this period be offered new deals. Wes Morgan is reported to be offered an extension, and Tcf believe that would be well deserved still playing good enough to be regarded as a first teamer also next season.

Danny Simpson is one that could be leaving, so could Shinji Okazaki and Andy King, Matty James is also a player ready to prove himself and a loan or even a full term transfer could be happening. Adrien Silva is a walking transfer, but not sure if Leicester City and his former club Sporting can find a solution.

Leicester City have not officially announced a new signing, but a lot of media has reported on the matter, and everything looks a bit strange. The new player in question is 24 year old former Juve youth forward Davide Lorenzo.

Lorenzo had a short and unsuccessful visit in Norwegian football. A trial with, then third tier club, Raufoss. He was as at Leicester a big talk, but ended with the stamp “not good enough” and he was not offered a contract. Lorenzo then flirted with New York Cosmos, New York Red Bulls and Nice and the same happened there, this time it was Leicester City’s turn to be seduced by this players charm and stories.

We cannot believe that Leicester City would give a 24 year old striker a contract, not announcing it officially and place him in the U23’s. He might have been given a trial, and was listed as a member in the Soccerway database, but has since been removed. Tcf believe the words of Puel that he needs to train, and probably his selfies with the first team players will be the last seen of Lorenzo at Leicester City.

A rumor about Jamie Vardy handing in a transfer request, must be regarded as “fake news”. With the helicopter accident in mind, Vardy’s current new deal just starting to run, family and academy obligations, would probably be enough reasons to believe that such a story is taken out of “thin air”.

Vardy was quoted on his comments about Puel and how he had struggled to find his way, playing in a different structure and style than what he had been used to. The fact that he was dropped from the Carabao Cup team v. Man City and the lack of goals so far this season, must have been a reason for “someone close to the club” to leak from his own head a fabricated story that had no real substance, and been printed like “fresh cookies” around on the different UK tabloids.

The Vardy winning goal scored against Chelsea, made them suddenly a hot favorite in the race for his signature, but as we all know, Vardy is past his 30’s and Chelsea never sign players above that age, as part of their philosophy, so no substance there either.

But a rumor to be looking at is the one linking Baghdad Bounedjah to Leicester City. The Algerian international is currently with Qatar club Al Sadd and so far in 2018 scored goals like no one else in football.

The 27 year old forward is available for a fee around £10 million, and his goalscoring ratio is one to notice. Bounedjah joined Al Sadd in 2015 and has so far scored 69 goals in 50 league games. In his previous career he has also scored loads of goals, and impressive 7 in 17 internationals for Algeria.

Leeds United is also mentioned as a possible new destination, but we will all see if anything materialize. if his level is better than Slimani and Kelechi Iheanacho he will probably be one to consider, but this has to be adressed.

As always we have a fresh and up to date hot, cool and cold list of rumors, click here

Chelsea 0, Leicester City 1, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

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Claude Puel decided to just keep the same system as against Man City, and just replace Vicente Iborra with Papy Mendy in midfield, and of course keep Hamza Choudhury in the line up giving him a new chance after being very positive in his start against Man City.

Puel had done changes in other areas of the team, Schmeichel, Pereira, Morgan and Chilwell were back, Maddison and Albrighton both started and Vardy was again back in the team, showing good form up front. But the main surprise was of course to see Choudhury being picked before Gray and Iborra who both were on the bench.

Of course a game we all knew Chelsea would put pressure on Leicester and so they did, but good saves from Kasper Schmeichel and a defense that looked quality made it hard for Eden Hazard to get to his goal chances.

Leicester didn’t have much first half, but managed for periods to keep the ball high in the field and play a bit, so that Chelsea never really looked dangerous. Two big attempts, one chance from Hazard hitting the bar, and another big chance saved terrifically by Kasper.

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Claude Puel played his most trusted back four with Pereira, Morgan, Maguire and Chilwell, and they know each other well. They managed to keep their coolness in crucial part of the first half, not letting in silly goals in the start and the final end of those first 45 minutes.

Coming out 2nd half with a 0-0 draw was a real boost and it shows that, against this type of players as Chelsea have, you can manage to keep up with it and that enhance moral.

In the 51st minute magic strikes with a well build up from Maddison, finding Jamie Vardy inside the penalty box, and bang, 1-0 to Leicester, what a great and fantastic finish from out top man up front.

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Leicester fought well and despite having the ball just in 36% of the game, they had good balance and especially as mentioned above, Choudhury and his position in the team worked wonders against those teams having possession.

Claude Puel managed to carve out a relatively good result against Man City, and today at Stamford Bridge he got his well deserved reward, with that 1-0 win. A bit of luck of course when Alonso hit that post on the inside in stoppage time.

Well earned and three very important points picked up away against Chelsea, and again Jamie Vardy is the player to believe in, so please encourage the boys and stay behind them. It might be dull at times but against Chelsea I cannot use that word in my summary, would say the total opposite.

  • Positives:
    • Keeping a good defense during 90+ minutes
    • Be able to be clinical making the most out of the chances you get
    • Winning, keeping a clean sheet
    • Hamza Choudhury, again playing to a 9, great stopper of the ball
  • Negatives:
    • Must stop passing the ball so much backwards
    • Some bad clearances from the back, surely able to play the ball longer
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 8. Pereira 8, Chilwell 7, Morgan 7, Maguire 6, Ndidi 7, Choudhury 9, Albrighton 7, Vardy 8, Mendy 7, Maddison 7, Subs: Gray, Iheanacho

Match Stats: H/A

  • Possession: 64 / 36
  • Corners: 9 / 5
  • Shots on target: 6 / 4
  • Shots wide: 5 / 2
  • Fouls: 9 / 9
  • Offsides: 3 / 2

 

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