No Jamie Vardy and of course a bit of uncertainty about a new team and the formation chosen, playing 3-5-2, but nothing to worry about, Leicester City played absolutely brilliant and the formation worked as planned.
Leicester started really well with a great attempt after just two minutes, but a good save by probably Newcastle’s best player, goalkeeper Dubravka, made it equal and no goals so early.
The game was a not equal at all but Leicester fans had to wait to the 36th minute for the first goal to appear. Ayoze Perez trolled the Newcastle defense, snapped the ball from a terrible pass, and was really taken down, but instead of going for a penalty, he just continued and his shot found the goal after touching a few toes, and Leicester were 1-0 up.
James Maddison got the next from a perfect shot just outside the penalty box, glued up in the right hand corner, a brilliant shot also coming after sloppy defending from Newcastle. Both goals were really easy, but of course Newcastle might have come under a bit of pressure that they couldn’t manage.
A strange and totally unbelievable move from Steve Bruce, making three substitutions after first half, made him “rhe fool of today” but of course from a Leicester City point of view it was a bit of a gift, seeing three Newcastle players taken off before the start of the 2nd half.
Bruce was punished heavily for his “idiotic” decision making with the injury to Fabian Schar and suddenly Newcastle had to play the 2nd half with 10 against 11. You would not believe that a manager of this level could do such a “maniac” move and risking what he did.
Leicester just controlled the game in full and you might probably hope that they would go for a more attacking style, but in real just passed the ball around to secure the victory. Then when Hamza Choudhury scored with another stunning shot from outside the penalty box it finished 3-0, and of course a really solid result, taking into the picture that you again were away from home and playing a team mid table.
Brendan Rodgers left, probably the two best players against West Ham, Demarai Gray and Hamza Choudhury on the bench, and changed the formation to a 3-5-2, giving Christian Fuchs another game, which he really deserved, and everything worked smoothly alongside Evans and Soyuncu in the back.
A great start to the new year, a great result, and yes we are “on points” better at this time of year than the 5000/1, this is really great and despite clear defeats against Liverpool and Man City, playing with possession is really being Leicester City’s strength, which again shows that this group improves.
- Ayoze Perez scoring and shining against his former club
- Christian Fuchs solid as a rock in defense, what a professional
- Changing formation and it works wonders
- Steve Bruce, is he a Leicester City fan?
- Win away, solidly
- Goals from the top shelf
- Hamza’s first senior goal and what a goal
- Player Ratings: Schmeichel 7. Soyuncu 7, Fuchs 7, Evans 7, Chilwell 6, Tielemans 6, Maddison 8, Perez 8, Ndidi 7, Iheanacho 6, Perieira 6, Subs: Gray, Choudhury, Morgan
- Possession: 27 / 73
- Corners: 4 / 5
- Shots on target: 2 / 9
- Fouls: 8 / 13
- Offsides: 0 / 2