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.
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.
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.
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.
- Kasper Schmeichel, solid performance
- Attacking full backs
- 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
- 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