Leicester 3, Bournemouth 1, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

Brendan Rodgers fielded a more offensive first 11, which of course looked logic, seeing Leicester City the way we do at the moment. Harvey Barnes and Marc Albrighton were both in the team, Wilfred Ndidi and Ben Chilwell both started.

Bournemouth at home is a must win any day of the week, another result would have been a catastrophe. The start was as brilliant as you would have imagined with a fantastic pass from Ben Chilwell to Jamie Vardy, who just volleyed home the 1-0 lead after only 12 minutes played.

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Callum Wilson equalized the lead just three minutes after Leicester City had scored, but in play this was not an equal game. The domination from Leicester City continued and it was great to see Youri Tielemans scoring from that Jamie Vardy pass after 41 minutes.

Going off after first half with a 2-1 lead was just perfect, coming on for the 2nd half just turning on the engine, and continuing to put pressure on Bournemouth. Albrighton and Barnes were perfectly substituted with Gray and Choudhury, who made Leicester City stronger in the last half an hour.

The 3-1 goal which was finished with a nice touch from Jamie Vardy, was an example of what is going on at the moment, this is going places where Brendan Rodgers shows what a bright manager he is, and how he will mastermind this evolvement.

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Leicester City are now third in the Premier League bringing on board eight points in the first four games, and at the same time, being able to conduct a game plan which makes it  possible to rotate a few players and change things to the better with the subs available.

This is strategic footballing art, and it shows how this manager is thinking and how he is transforming a model with a few nice touches from the plan of Claude Puel, who had lost a bit of momentum with his man to man management, not being able to address his thoughts and ideas in full strength.

Brendan Rodgers will probably be the next big target for any club out there, and if he manages to bring new trophies to the cabinet at King Power Stadium, you will see the likes of Man Utd, Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Barcelona sniffing around if they need a new manager in the future.

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For the time being we just have to be totally satisfied with the work done, which is a class art of football management. Brendan Rodgers has managed to bring a team forward in a possession orientated team build, at the same time reduced the squad to the number suitable to be able to manage, and hopefully keeping most players happy, those going out and those part of his project.

  • Positives:
    • The way of play and the pressure put on opponents
    • Using the squad to it’s strengths
    • Jamie Vardy, what a talisman up front
    • Why on earth did Man Utd sell Jonny Evans
  • Negatives:
    • Letting in that goal, just three minutes after taking the lead
    • Could have killed of the game earlier
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 7. Pereira 6, Chilwell 7, Evans 8, Soyuncu 7, Nididi 7,  Maddison 7, Tielemans 7, Barnes 6, Vardy 9, Albrighton 6, Subs: Gray, Choudhuy, Fuchs

Match Stats: H/A

  • Possession: 53 / 47
  • Corners: 3 / 2
  • Shots on target: 5 / 5
  • Fouls: 9 / 9
  • Offsides: 2 / 1


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