Cambridge United 0, Leicester City 3, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

A new group of players were back for this friendly and Brendan Rodgers had a delicate situation to solve and hopefully give everyone a good run out as he had a settled side for the start.

Andy King must be happy getting a start in the first team line-up from start and is still one to count. He slotted well in alongside Youri Tielemans and Papy Mendy, up front you had Marc Albrighton, Jamie Vardy and Demarai Gray as starters.

Jonny Evans had to leave the field early with a knock, as he lined-up alongside Harry Maguire, Ricardo Pereira and Ben Chilwell. Kasper Schmeichel was back in goal for his first pre-season match.

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It was enough chances in the first half to have scored, but former fox George Taft had a good afternoon in the Cambridge defense and as captain he really showed that he once were seen as a potential first team member at Leicester City. Taft (25) left Leicester City in 2014, and the former England U.19 international should probably be watched by teams in higher leagues.

He was though left “watching” when England international Harry Maguire went up in the air and headed in Leicester City’s first goal after 59 minutes assisted perfectly by Ben Chilwell with a perfect crosser.

Cambridge had a go and tried to hit one back but as soon as they exposed themselves a little bit, chances and opportunities came the other way. Kelechi Iheanacho got into the box just minutes later and headed in a nice goal at the 83rd minute, he hit the post just minutes after. Nice to see the Nigerian getting a taste of those goals again.

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Just as the game was hitting full time, Hamza Choudhury snapped up a ball and curled it nicely into the corner behind the Cambridge United goalkeeper. This was a step up from the last two games and really showing that “power” can be turned on when needed.

Adrien Silva and Rachid Ghezzal both were back as well getting a few minutes towards the end giving Leicester City more quality and showing real effort. All the players out there were terrific and everything was rewarded in the end.

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Gerry Taggart was again brilliant behind the mic, partly funny with his knowledge and in depth talk you feel like the commentary is at a level you never get when you have a regular commentary from the Premier League games with no special link to Leicester City.

Harry Maguire had the captains armbind today and would so much hope that he will stay with Leicester City and not jump ship and join that “Norwegian Fella” that we certainly don’t like much, he just comes around and annoys us, stay away.

Brendan Rodgers must be pleased with this performance as Leicester City showed the quality and passing the ball perfectly for 90 minutes. All players looks to have a good attitude and we feel that Brendan Rodgers are on top of that.

To sum it all up,

  • Positives:
    • Chilwell brilliant in his comeback
    • Tielemans, King and Mendy, what was that as a midfield trio
    • Winning again, scoring three
    • Iheanacho back on goals, and hitting the post
    • Maguire in charge, just as we like it
  • Negatives:
    • Barnes again not sharp enough in front of goal
    • Not able to convert in the 1st half
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 6. Pereira 6, Chilwell 7, Evans, Maguire 7, Mendy 6, Tielemans 7, King 6, Albrighton 6, Vardy 6, Gray 6 Subs: Justin 6, Soyuncu 6, Morgan 6, Iheanacho 7, Ghezzal 7, Maddison 7, Barnes 6, Silva 6, Fuchs 6, Ghezzal 7, Choudhury 7

Match Stats: H/A

  • Possession: 25 / 75
  • Offsides: 1 / 1

 

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