Why act as a minor, when you in real are in the middle of a major bull fight

Leicester City are among the top teams in England, but when you listen to the manager and a number of fans, they are all talking about “little” Leicester City and how well they are doing today, despite drawing against Brighton and Watford and losing at home to Chelsea.

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It’s rubbish and nonsense don’t be a minor in your talk and don’t be satisfied when you lose at home to Chelsea, who in real are behind Leicester City in the league and a team that definately should have been beaten in parts at home.

It’s no excuse, it’s sad and again I feel let down as a Leicester City fan, looking at people not really understanding how well this team are at their best and why they never should be satisfied losing to anyone at home, never.

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Brendan Rodgers has a problem at the moment, when signing players for £30million you are not a minor, no other clubs than Man City, Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool can afford signing players in that category and that is what Leicester City are doing at the moment. Then you compete up there, don’t talk yourself away from that.

It’s also sad to see a manager talk positive about a game where your team is defeated, it’s silly and sets a standard that losing at home is ok. It’s not, we did, if someone remember,  defeat Tottenham Hotspur, while playing in the Championship, at home in the FA Cup. Why should Leicester City as a team laying 3rd in the Premier League accept other results than wins at home.

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As a manager you would be furious about this performance, and also the fact that losing is not something Leicester City should do at home, never, it’s not acceptable for fans to see their team lose, when they are a good team full of international players with price tags higher than K2, Mount Everest and Kilimanjaro.

There are a few games left, restart the engines, get the guys geared up, go back to basics and beat the shit out of every opponent that comes to take Leicester City on, don’t accept defeats, it’s not ok, because it’s not, wins are.

Leicester 0, Chelsea 1, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

The line-up looked as we would have thought, with one surprise, James Maddison missing the game with an injury with Dennis Praet taking his place and with both Harvey Barnes and Ayoze Perez back from start it looked a solid line-up.

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Chelsea decided to do a bit of rotation with some of their more experienced players left on the bench and no surprise that Leicester City had the upper hand in the first half, creating a few good chances and really showing their best for so far this season.

The 4-3-3 structure was back and why Brendan Rodgers decides to change and then go back to what he did before, makes you start to wonder if this man is seaking some kind of understanding or just doing his random stuff, which is terrible when it comes to management.

Leicester City never did manage to score any goals in the first half and when Frank Lampard decided to make three substitutions at half time, Leicester City never managed to figure out the new Chelsea formula with a certain Kovacic running the show and putting everything correctly for The Blues.

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Eventually Chelsea managed to score with a nice combination finding Ross Barkley who also had come on from the bench, Barkley later came close with a shot saved by Leicester City’s best player today, Kasper Schmeichel.

Caglar Soyuncu came close with a header but another Chelsea sub, Azpilicueta got his head on it and it went wide. It could have been a game to win for Leicester City, but again it showed how opponents managed to get the best out of their game just when it mattered.

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Leicester City looked positive in the first half, playing the football we know and with a line-up that made sense, but again substitutions were a bit difficult to understand with the players substituted the once that were new from the previous game and not resting anyone at all.

To understand Brendan Rodgers and the way he work at the moment is difficult to understand, but hopefully he will be able to get a team going now with only the Premier League to consentrate on, and hopefully manage to secure that Champions League spot.

  • Positives
    • Kasper Schmeichel, another solid performance
    • 1st half performance
  • Negatives:
    • Not able to create enough, players looks a bit out of it
    • Letting in a goal and not being able to score
    • FA Cup again stopping in the Quarter’s against Chelsea
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 7, Justin 5, Chilwell 5, Evans 6, Soyuncu 6, Tielemans 5, Praet 6, Ndidi 6, Perez 5, Barnes 4, Vardy 4, Subs: Gray, Choudhury, Albrighton

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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Kasper Schmeichel

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 48 / 52
  • Corners: 6 / 5
  • Shots on target: 3 / 4
  • Fouls: 8 / 7

Jeff Blockley

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A team mate of Peter Shilton in Leicester Boys’ English Schools Trophy winning team of 1965, Jeff was initially overlooked by his home town club. His cool, strong centre-half play soon, however, saw him through the ranck at Coventry City, and to the first of his ten England U.23 caps, yet it was only after a £200.000 move to Highbury and Arsenal that he received a full England call-up.

Matters soured somewhat at Arsenal with Frank McLintock unready to relinquish his place, and the crowd unforgiving after Jeff turned in a below par performance in clubs’s 1973 FA Cup semi-final defeat by Sunderland.

But what seemed a desperation £100.000 purchase on Jimmy Bloomfield’s part in fact worked wonders for both player and club, as City escaped an apparantly pre-booked relegation spot thanks to the inspirational successes of Jeff at the back and Chris Garland up front. Injuries unfortunately dogged much of Jeff’s subsequent Leicester career, but when he gave up his role ad defensive cornerstone, it was only to the high promise of young Steve Sims.

Jeff returned to the county on retirement, was briefly manger of Southern League club Leicester United, and in April/May 1989 held the reins at Hinckley Athletic.

FACTFILE:

  • Full Name: Jeff Blockley
  • Position: Defender
  • Date of Birth: 12.09.1949
  • Birthplace: Leicester
  • Nation: England
  • Caps / Goals: 1/0
  • Major League Career:
    • 1968-72, Coventry City (146/6)
    • 1972-75, Arsenal (52/1)
    • 1975-78, Leicester City (76/2)
    • 1978-80, Notts County (59/5)
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Why Leicester City should avoid certain types of transfers in front of next season

Leicester City are in the race for a place in Champions League next season, and they can of course progress from their position this season. This is not luck or a one season happening, it’s a team in the making with some of the best players in Premier League.

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So to see rumours about Ben Chilwell, Wilfred Ndidi, James Maddison and a few more chased by other clubs should just be ignored by the owners as they all are on long term contracts and in a team that could challenge for a new PL title.

When you see the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City chasing the players of a club that at the moment are third, it’s a signal that shows how good this football team can be and are, despite a few setbacks in the restart of the season just managing draws against Brighton and Watford.

The key for Brendan Rodgers is to keep his players and add a bit of quality, and hopefully ship out those who are not regarded good enough for the bench. It’s a copy and paste formula of Pep and Jurgen Klopp who are the minds behind the best teams at the moment.

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There could be space for one or two new players, but must admit being riddled by the way Brendan Rodgers picked his team for the Brighton game, just ignoring Graham Potter’s players and believe that Demarai Gray, Kelechi Iheanacho and Nampalys Mendy would be “good enough”, when you know inside your head that all of them would have struggled to get into the Brighton team.

The team that played against Watford, changing Albrighton with Perez, would be the ideal set up going forward and just change players if they are injured, fatigue or falling in performance.

None of the players linked at the moment would walk into the Leicester City team and therefor signing them would be totally idiotic and a player that looks close to a move William Carvalho might struggle to get in and would just become another sub seat warmer, and that is not the way forward.

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

Surprisingly Brendan Rodgers decided to make changes to his line-up and even change his system, which TCF believed from the start would upset the balance and harmony of the team, it certainly didn’t work well.

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The fact that you are in the position to win a place in the Champions League next season should be enough to try to play your best team in every game coming up and do changes to the line-up and make substitutions when the game is killed, not weaken your team from start as Brendan Rodgers did, playing Mendy, Iheanacho and Gray and even go for a 4-4-2 formation, isolating Vardy and give him less space up front.

Brighton were prepared and was the better team in the first half with big thanks to Kasper Schmeichel who kept Leicester in the game with a splended penalty save, holding a draw at half time.

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Why Brendan Rodgers decided to play two defensive holding midfielders, and decide to play James Maddison out wide is a riddle for dimention, nothing worked and players looked totally out of it not finding a normal rythm as they are used to in 4-3-3.

Demarai Gray and Kelechi Iheanacho together with Nampalys Mendy were given starts instead of Marc Albrighton, Youri Tielemans and Harvey Barnes, what a strange idea. Might try to rest a few players, and even Ayoze Perez was not given a start.

It’s sad to see that the three players that got a chance all were substituted in the 2nd half, surely telling a story of a manager that missed his game plan heavily and did mistakes in his selection.

Everything could have been a bit different if a clear handball on Dunk in the final minutes had resulted in a penalty, but the referee and VAR never reacted. This was probably the only thing that could have saved the day for Leicester City.

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A sad affair, a strange approach from Brendan Rodgers and not really easy to accept that four points have been thrown away in these two first games, sadly it could cost Leicester City a chance to play in the CL next season, but doing what Brendan did with his line-up and system made him and the team suffer.

This could surely not have been worked on at the training field and if Brendan Rodges decides to make stupid mistakes also in the next games coming up, cannot understand why, it’s a real shame.

  • Positives
    • Kasper Schmeichel, solid performance
    • Attacking full backs
  • Negatives:
    • Changing system and line-up, not to the better
    • Players looks riddled by the tactics and the position they were played in
    • Tielemans on the bench, sad to see creativity lost at home, a shame
    • Perez not playing in front of Iheancho, Mendy and Gray, another shame
    • No goals scored, not creating chances at all
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 7, Justin 6, Chilwell 6, Evans 6, Soyuncu 6, Mendy 5, Ndidi 6, Gray 5, Iheanacho 4, Vardy 5, Subs: Perez, Barnes, Tielemans

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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Kasper Schmeichel

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 67 / 33
  • Corners: 11 / 9
  • Shots on target: 2 / 1
  • Fouls: 10 / 13

Watford 1, Leicester 1, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

Football was back and nice to see the faces of Brendan Rodgers, Nigel Pearson and Craig Shakespeare leading the teams out at Vicarage Road, and it looked as a friendly happening and a cool atmosphere around the place.

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We have followed the Bundesliga for a while and to see a game without attendances has been the normal and you start to get used to it, and again it was like a friendly atmosphere as part of a pre-season set up.

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers lined up a team that looked solid in all areas and with the absence of Ricardo Pereira, injured at the moment, James Justin was the only surprise among the 11. To see Marc Albrighton out there was no surprise as his form was fantastic before the PL closed in March.

Albrighton came close with a shot, hitting the post, but before Ben Chilwell’s fantastic goal it wasn’t much happening in front of the two goals. Leicester were solid in their back four and Kasper Schmeichel had a realtively silent day in goal.

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Again Brendan Rodgers must address his frustration towards a group of players who cannot keep the lead for a few minutes into stoppage time and letting a player like Craig Dawson getting a chance to score. It’s absolutely crazy to see what happens in this final minutes of the game and that no one is taking the lead and stopping Watford.

To get away from Vicarage Road with a point is not bad, and it’s a good point, but it should have been all three, and what fantastic result it would have been with that fantastic shot from Chilwell settling everything. But just minutes after not being able to keep this alive is a dreadfull experience.

Nice to see Demarai Gray coming on and assisting Ben Chilwell brilliantly for his goal and hoping he will contribute for the rest of the season. Hamza Choudhury and Kelechi Iheanacho also came on in the game.

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Leicester City are now on 54 points and with Man Utd. Tottenham and Arsenal not able to win and even Arsenal losing all points away to Brighton, we can be in front of keeping the 3rd place and hope for more points in the next event coming up soon.

  • Positives
    • Playing comfortably away, keeping possession
    • Albrighton still has it, a good performance
    • Ben Chilwell’s goal, what a beauty
  • Negatives:
    • Not being able to kill this game and win comfortably
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 7, Justin 6, Chilwell 7, Evans 6, Soyuncu 6, Maddison 6, Ndidi 6, Tielemans 6, Albrighton 7, Barnes 6, Vardy 6 Subs: Gray, Iheanacho, Choudhury

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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Ben Chilwell

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 32 / 68
  • Corners: 2 / 7
  • Shots on target: 4 / 2
  • Fouls: 15 / 12

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