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

A change of system was “the new face” of Brendan Rodgers for this game. Dennis Praet had been given the central defensive midfield position in a 3-5-2 system also giving seldom starts to Christian Fuchs and Kelechi Iheanacho.

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Leicester started brilliantly and it looked as if Man City would be outplayed in this system and after just eight minutes Jamie Vardy was nicely played through and had the opportunity to score, but his shot hit the post.  To beat Man City goalkeeper Ederson is a difficult task and it would again be a struggle despite a few chances.

It could look even when you talk about chances but looking at the possession stats you will see that Leicester only had the ball 32%, which is very little and again you start to wonder why Brendan Rogers changed his tactics.

Towards the end of the first half Kelechi Iheanacho went into a air battle with Ederson, and the Nigerian had to take a count after being hit to the ground, but as the pictures tells you the Man City goalkeeper hit the ball first.

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TCF was certainly exciting going into the 2nd half and it looked solid with a three men defense and a “crowded” midfield, as both Chilwell and Pereira pushed much more forward than saying this was a five men defense.

After 65 minutes Dennis Praet is hit with a shot from Ilkay Gundogan and easily you can see that the Belgian international does have his hand in a position that will, if the ball hits him, result in a penalty and so it did.

Kasper Schmeichel loves to save penalty shots and he does it again from a poor placed shot by Sergio Aguero.  VAR again had to go in and decide, but the uncertainty about this system is starting to annoy everyone. Not because of the system itself and not really the delays, but again the way it’s used. Earlier in the game it was a few other situations and especially one penalty incident that wasn’t checked, and that is a problem with those who now are nursed by a system but cannot use it in the right way.

Referees still decides and they are still the problem, to get this 100% correctly and to be able to check those situations needed to be checked, you need representatives from each club defending their side and their writes to get situations checked as you can clearly see that those creating the problems in the past, the refs, are not capable of running this show as they do know as they using the tool the way it should be used.

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Kasper played a great game and was probably Leicester’s best player out there, but he couldn’t save the well placed finish from Gabriel Jesus just 10 minutes from the end.

Riyad Mahrez ran down the right side and a wrong turn by Christian Fuchs opened up space for the former Leicester City player, he twisted and turned before he just served the ball to Jesus, and without a proper back four and a bit of uncertainty about positioning in a back three, you get a negative result.

Despite a few incidents and maybe an unrewarded penalty, Leicester were this afternoon outplayed by Man City, who showed that there are a bit to learn still for Brendan Rodgers and his team and again how much we miss Wilfred Ndidi, sadly he is not fit but hopefully he will be back soon.

A surprise “stunt” by Rodgers in the end, bringing on Matty James. Watching on TV, thought it was a clip from a previous game that was on show, but it was no “video from the past”, it was the long servant making his first appearance in almost two years.

  • Positives:
    • Kasper Schmeichel, World class saves
    • Looked as the team were well balanced in a 3-5-2
    • Giving Kelechi, Fuchs and Preat starts
    • Leicester had the best kit, Man City’s looks awful
  • Negatives:
    • Outplayed at times in the 2nd half
    • Vardy not scoring on his best chances
    • VAR not used as well as it should by the officials
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 8, Pereira 7, Chilwell 6, Evans 7, Soyuncu 6, Praet 7, Tielemans 7, Maddison 6, Vardy 6, Iheanacho 6, Subs: Barnes, Perez, James

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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Kasper Schmeichel

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 32 / 68
  • Corners: 3 / 7
  • Shots on target: 3 / 5
  • Fouls: 13 / 10
  • Offsides: 1 / 1

Great speculation among Leicester City fans, will this player return next season?

With the news that Manchester City is expelled from the Champions League for the next two seasons has seen speculations among Leicester City fans about a certain Riyad Mahrez and a possible return to King Power Stadium.

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He was eager to leave the club after storming on to the World scene of football from his stepping stone at Leicester. To get Riyad back to King Power possibly on loan for a new Champions League campaign would be “fantastic”.

As we have seen lately the 2nd spot in the Premier League is still in full reach for Leicester and the next game at home to Manchester City, Mahrez, could see that to become a fox again is not really a step down.

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Leaving Leicester City is just done by “fools” as they don’t see the family connection this club have and that being able to compete with the best is done by clever methods. We don’t really see this much in Premier League football as the money flushed in makes it possible to get what you like, but the recruitment balance at Leicester shows that clubs with less can compete.

Down in Football League football, you have clubs winning because of clever coaching and recruitment and where football development is honored and shows that you can as Brentford, Preston and newly promoted Sheffield United, compete with “The Goliats” at any level.

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So would Riyad see the benefits of returning and surely Leicester City could be in use of his services instead of playing “only” Premier League football with even a great uncertainty about his chances of getting in the team week in and week out.

Leicester City fans would surely welcome him back, and this time he would not go on a strike to get out, he would enjoy it all the way to the CL final in 2020/21.

Wolves 0, Leicester 0, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

With the news that Man City is expelled from the Champions League in the next two seasons, the game changed slightly in importance as the two clubs are both in the chase for a CL spot now, but again Molineux is a “spooky” arena.

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Leicester had the game in their hands as they are showing even without Wilfred Ndidi that they are a top top team. Hamza Choudhury might not be as good as Ndidi, but he bites the opponent with every opportunity, but sometimes it gets a bit more aggressive than needed.

The first chance to count was a shot from Youri Tielemans, deflected by Wolves defender Boly, and that was a good shot from distance. But the chance for Caglar “Cags” Soyuncu after 24 minutes was a one that could have seen Leicester taking the lead, but unluckily the header went just wide.

The game went a bit both ways after that but just before half time, in the 45th minute Wolves took the lead with a great powering battle inside the penalty box. First Coady won an air battle with Hamza Choudhury and Boly nicely took the next header and everything looked ok, but VAR had seen something that needed to be checked.

TCF is in great support of VAR, as it makes the game more accurate and with referee errors corrected, you will be loads of tons better than letting errors just flow. The offside was of the “minor once”, but if it’s 2mm, or 2meters, it’s an offside. The shades of clear or unclear is no discussion it’s offside, and of course not something you like if it goes against you, surely.

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Leicester and Wolves entered 2nd half with the result still 0-0 and of course as a foxes fan you have a dream of getting all three points, but as we were too experience it would be a long struggle to get anything out of those last 45 minutes plus.

Hamza Choudhury was unfairly booked and with that in mind and the way the youngster is playing with a bit of “biting” as part of his game, he will always be punished and as we witnessed in the late stages of the game a red card was given.

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Before the red card, Caglar Soyuncu had cleared of most of the situations in front of the Leicester goals, but the pressure from Wolves and playing the last minutes of the game with only 10 men, made it even more difficult.

Wolves had a good game plan and they neutralized Jamie Vardy, playing with that three men defense, looks very effective against Vardy’s one man “party”. To get away from Molineux with a point is no bad result, so in a way very happy after last nights battle with Wolves.

  • Positives:
    • Getting a result being one man less in the final stages of the game
    • “Cags” Soyuncu, what a player he has turned out to become
    • Keeping a clean sheet
    • VAR again effective and showing the accuracy we love for football
    • Hamza fighting in a very difficult job, red carded, but in a way doing his job
    • A good battling defensive job by all players
  • Negatives:
    • Hamza red carded, keeping him on the field was a big risk
    • Not able to put pressure on Wolves enough to get a goal
    • Not enough clear chances to be able to win the game
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 6, Pereira 6, Chilwell 5, Evans 7, Soyuncu 8, Choudhury 7, Tielemans 6, Maddison 6, Vardy 6, Barnes 5, Perez 5, Subs: Albrighton, Praet, Morgan

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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Caglar Soyuncu

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 53 / 47
  • Corners: 7 / 0
  • Shots on target: 3 / 3
  • Fouls: 13 / 8
  • Offsides: 1 / 0

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