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

Foxes A to Z, Jeff Blockley, England one cap wonder and Leicester City at home

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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.

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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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