Leicester City players partying in Copenhagen’s Tivoli

Leicester City players were partying in the capitol of Denmark, all of them “again” dressed up in “fairy” and “superhero” costumes. They were guarded by security as they wandered around in the amusement park.

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An arrangement organized by Kasper Schmeichel as the story might repeat itself this season as it did four years ago when “the party” was dressed up as “ninja’s” at the same place.

Nice to see the boys can have a bit of fun, flying over “to us” over the sea to celebrate their great start to the season. The Danish newspaper BT has a grand story on the happening and of course it’s a “big issue” in this country when some of the best players in Premier League turns up in your city.

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A great win yesterday away to Brighton secured the 2nd place in the table one point in front of Man City, three in front of Chelsea and those eight points behind Liverpool. Leicester are in front of the schedule from the 2015/16 season and to see Jamie Vardy on 12 goals in 13 games would probably see something special also this season.

The engine will not be turned of as Leicester shows quality that makes this a run of quality that started after Brendan Rodgers arrived last season. He is a clever coach and konws the buttons to push, let’s hope the party will continue and if this Tivoli walk and had a great meal at “Grøften” a nice diner in the capitol.

Nice to see players enjoy themselves and hopefully this will add more fuel to the fire as team building spreads and players are more and more united.

Brighton 0, Leicester 2, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

Brendan Rodgers fielded an unchanged line-up from the previous meeting against Arsenal and this looks as a lucky formula. It’s a bit of a copy / paste from that special season, just going on from game to game and solid as rocks.

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The game started with fire as Harvey Barnes hit the bar after only two minutes play, then he came close again and also Jamie Vardy had a brilliant chance to score. Brighton also had their chances in the first half, but the City defense managed to keep it clean.

Jonny Evans and Caglar Soyuncu were like a cemented block in the back and the duo must be seen as key players in that first half of course together with Kasper Schmeichel to keep things even.

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Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers had no desire to go for a draw and Graham Potter also showed that his team would like to bring all three points to the table. With Potter’s bold approach Jamie Vardy would always be of great danger.

Ayoze Perez had a glorious opportunity on open goal but instead of shooting he decided to do something else and his attempt just vanished into “the rain” as water were pouring down at The Amex. But luckily Perez was to get more chances to score.

After 64 minutes a typical Jamie Vardy counter attack was set up by “The Party” as Jamie ran with the ball towards the Brighton goal and perfectly passed it to Ayoze Perez who could just push the ball over the goal line, what a great attack by Leicester City.

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The game started to wave a bit with Brighton players going more and more forward, opening gaps for Leicester City to use in the best way possible. Jamie Vardy and James Maddison both had some fantastic opportunities to score, but none of those attempts ended in goals.

Brendan Rodgers made a few changes bringing on Dennis Praet and Demarai Gray, and also had to put on Wes Morgan when Jonny Evans had to leave the field with an injury. Demarai Gray had only been on the field for four minutes when he was rewared a penalty, clearly being fouled by Adam Webster.

Jamie Vardy was the one to take the penalty, but his shot was cleverly saved by Ryan in the Brighton goal, but the ball was headed in by Maddison and everyone believed Leicester City were 2-0 up. VAR decideded instead to reward Leicester and Vardy with a 2nd penalty, why is not easy to understand as the ball was in the net and Leicester City had the advantage, but a new penalty was the decision, still 1-0.

Jamie Vardy stepped forward again and this time, after 82 minutes, it was a clear and lovely finish, and a fact that Jamie had scored his 12th goal of the season.

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This game showed that Leicester under Rodgers can both play with possession and also counter attacking when needed, and today we could see the qualities of the three men attacko of Barnes, Perez and Vardy that looks like a fantastic mix of qualities in three very different players all combining so well.

Another great result, 29 points after 13 games, 12 goals scored by Jamie Vardy and just phenomenal to watch, a great pleasure. To see the young players of the team taking so much responsibility is a bless.

To sum it up, here are our short notes

  • Positives:
    • Solid as rocks defensively
    • Barnes, Perez and Vardy on fire
    • Scoring two away, not letting in anything
    • Jamie Vardy scoring goals, 12th of the season
    • Perez scoring goals and silently adapting well
    • Gray again with a superb performance, coming in
    • Wes coming on and leading by example
    • Ndidi playing his 100 league game for Leicester City
  • Negatives:
    • VAR, no advantage for Leicester to take the penalty again, strange
    • Evans getting injured
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 7. Pereira 7, Chilwell 7, Evans 7, Soyuncu 8, Ndidi 7,  Perez 8, Tielemans 6, Barnes 7, Vardy 9, Maddison 7, Subs: Gray, Praet, Morgan

Match Stats: (Home / Away)

  • Possession: 49 / 51
  • Corners: 6 / 7
  • Shots on target: 0 / 6
  • Fouls: 8 / 1
  • Offsides: 2 / 1

Brighton & Hove Albion

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Anthony Knockaert is one recent former fox to have played for Brighton & Hove Albion. Knockaert had a great period at Leicester under Nigel Pearson, and influential in that Premier League return season, not able to hold on to a first team place, leaving Leicester City for Standard Liege in 2015. He is seen as a specialist on promotions and hopefully will be able to help Fulham as he did at Leicester and Brighton.

Another player who recently played for both clubs is Leo Ulloa. He became Leicester City’s most expensive signing when he joined the club from Brighton back in 2014, a fee of £7million made him a fox. Ulloa went back to Brighton on loan in 2018, and after leaving Leicester City he has been with Mexican club Pachuca and at present playing for Spanish club Rayo Vallecano.

Dean Hammond is a player that also has been in both camps, playing at Leicester City not so long a ago and at Brighton from 2000 to 2008 and then back on loan again in 2012/ 2013. Dean did well at Leicester City and he returned to play in the reserves and help recently, so his in real been at both clubs twice.

Many have talked about Junior Lewis as a “bad player” but in real he was not. Playing for Leicester at the highest level might have been a bit heavy, but his life in football as a player is one to be proud of with promotions at other clubs such as Brighton and Hull among those.

Martin Keown and Paul Dickov, both spent time at Brighton on loan and also had spells at Leicester City. Keown might not recognize his time at the two clubs as the most glamour of his career, with a certain time at Arsenal of course being the highlight. Dickov though scored 5 goals in 8 games at Brighton and had succesful spells at Leiceste, winning promotion twice.

Frank Worthington spent a season at Brighton in his later years before moving into management with Tranmere. Alan Young is another forward who had spels in both camps, so had Steve Claridge and Paul Kitson.

Not to forget Robbie Savage who had to take a step down to join Brighton to get back to his best and return to Derby as a better player, and then play on at Pride Park for a number of seasons. Savage as we all know had a great time at Leicester, later playing for Birmingham and Blackburn as well.

A list of players in both camps,

  • Goalkeepers
    • Simon Royce
  •  Defenders
    • Larry May
    • Simon Morgan
    • Graham Cross
    • Willie Bell
    • Martin Keown
    • Joe Mattock
    • Russell Osman
    • Matthew Upson
  • Midfield
    • Jason Jarrett
    • Robbie Savage
    • Junior Lewis
    • Paul Brooker
    • Anthony Knockaert
    • Dean Hammond
    • Jason Peake
  • Forwards
    • Leo Ulloa
    • Paul Dickov
    • Frank Worthington
    • Alan Young
    • Steve Claridge
    • Ade Akinbiyi
    • Trevor Benjamin
    • Paul Kitson
    • Lammie Robertson

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