AEK Athens 1, Leicester 2, positives and negatives, player ratings, and match report

A team picked with a bit of rotation, Jonny Evans and Timothy Castagne missing the game due to injuries, but again an interesting line-up with quality on all positions, a rare start also for captain Wes Morgan, playing alongside 17 year younger Wesley Fofana.

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As said before many times, fielding James Maddison and Jamie Vardy, both the most important piano players at Leicester City, you can rig up the team around them with most of the players in the squad and get a result. Wesley Fofana is also showing promise of being in the “piano” category, and with Kasper in goal you have the four that moves this team forward as the most important.

The game was still young when Jamie Vardy went down in the penalty area and was clearly fouled and rewarded, and not bothering him much he was of course the executer himself. The AEK goalie was after the ball, but down into the left corner it went and Leicester was 1-0 up after 16 minutes.

Leicester had control and with their pressure they got a number of chances and close to the finish of first half Hamza Choudhury placed the ball with a clinical shot down left and it was 2-0 on the scoresheet, ending the first half.

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AEK made a few chances for 2nd half and they managed to score after just 48 minutes, with former Hammarby forward Tankovic finishing and suddenly it was a bit of excitement again, but with a solid bench and a few changes in the Leicester team it was not much more to see from this game.

AEK had a few attempts and a great shot from Under hitting the bar, could have seen both teams score one more, but it all faded out and in the finish 2-1 to Leicester City. Another solid performance from all players and staying on winning ways in Europe.

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Brendan Rodgers must be happy with his players as they performed well and good to see Wes Morgan back in action, and keeping up with the quality, and of course a few other good performances as well.

  • Positives
    • Back in a 4-3-3 formation, a good and steady line-up
    • Choudhury goal, nice to see him score with a great finish
    • Jamie Vardy from start, setting the standard
    • Two wins in Europe and satisfaction
    • Wes Morgan keeping up with the standard, playing solid
  • Negatives:
    • Nothing really
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 7, Justin 6, Fuchs 6, Fofana 7, Morgan 7, Choudhury 7, Maddison 6, Tielemans 6, Vardy 7, Albrighton 6, Under 6 Subs: Praet, Barnes, Mendy, Iheanacho, Thomas
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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Wesley Fofana

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 53 / 47
  • Corners: 4 / 4
  • Shots on target: 3 / 6
  • Fouls: 14 / 14

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

Brendan Rodgers made a change to the line-up that few would have thought about, as it looked like an ultra defensive approach from the manager, playing without a forward letting both Vardy and Iheanacho sitting on the bench from start.

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We all knew what was coming and Leicester City just used the same approach as against Man City and Wesley Fofana got another chance to prove himself in a back line with Jonny Evans and Christian Fuchs and this time the three men back defense was performing perfectly.

Leicester were put under a lot of pressure, but just as the game started, James Maddison tried a shot from distance and it could have been 1-0 after just few seconds. but the shot went wide and Arsenal were the force from that minute until the end of first half.

The Leicester City defense and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel played their best game of the season, winning most duels and keeping Aubameyang and Lacazette quiet and off distance as they spoiled one chance after the other.

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Coming out 2nd half you had a feeling that with Jamie Vardy available it would be difficult for Arsenal to sit back and relax and hope for a goal, they had to risk a lot and we all know what Leicester City can do in counterattack with the passing skills of Youri Tielemans, the pace up front and clinical finishing abilities.

And as taken out of a “book” that combination with an alert Cenghiz Under coming on as well as Jamie Vardy, Youri Tielemans set up “Speedy” with a brilliant pass, and we all could see what this Turkish international is all about, his top level is “the sky” and if he finds that week in and week out, this could be as fun as it was today, his pass to Vardy is just like a dreaming scenario and to watch it was just “fantastic” and “magical”.

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The game had few Leicester City chances, but Jamie Vardy could have scored a 2nd later on, but was saved by Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno, it would have been “too much” if that had gone in as well in a brilliant return for Vardy.

After two disastrous performances at home to West Ham and Aston Villa, not getting anything it was great to pick up all three points and still be in the top race just one point behind Everton topping the table.

Again Brendan Rodgers did everything perfect, so hopefully this man will manage to bring out the best in the team also at home, but the counterattacking style suits Leicester City, it really does, so we hopefully will see more of that, what a great day and great to get a win away to Arsenal again, it’s a long time since 1973.

  • Positives
    • Jonny Evans, what a brilliant defender, a colossus man today, just fantastic
    • Wesley Fofana showing something that smells “World Class”
    • Yourie Tielemans, brilliant match, passes from heaven, and tactically great
    • Fantastic defensive team performances
    • Vardy returning with lightening, Under showing his fantastic ability
    • Brendan Rodgers hitting bulls eye with his selection, subs and everything really
    • Kasper saving us when needed
  • Negatives:
    • A few yellow’s, but in a day like this, who cares
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 8, Castagne 6, Fuchs 7, Fofana 8, Evans 9, Mendy 8, Praet 6, Barnes 6, Maddison 6, Tielemans 8, Justin 6 Subs: Under, Vardy, Albrighton
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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Jonny Evans

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 57 / 53
  • Corners: 9 / 3
  • Shots on target: 4 / 2
  • Fouls: 13 / 9

Leicester 3, Zorya 0, positives and negatives, player ratings, and match report

Brendan Rodgers fielded James Maddison from start and suddenly Leicester City were a better team, Christian Fuchs also got a rare chance to prove himself in a 90 minute display, and the rest of the team also contributed well.

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But it was Zorya who had a great chance to score early on, but a great save from Kasper Schmeichel stopped Leicester City from another humiliation and from then on it was just one team on the field, with James Maddison giving Leicester City the lead after 29 minutes, fantastically assisted by Kelechi Iheanacho.

Leicester continued to press and Harvey Barnes was the next man on the goal sheet for Leicester when he just glided inside the Zorya penalty area and easily put the ball brilliantly behind the Zorya goalkeeper, and this game was in real finished after 45 minutes with that stunning goal by Barnes.

Leicester came out second half and just started to play out their register again and it was Kelechi Iheanacho who got a passing gift from Zorya as he just shot the ball down in the left corner and good to see Kelechi scoring after two fine assists.

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Brendan Rodgers made a number of changes giving Cengiz Under a number of minutes, Hamza Choudhury, Ayoze Perez, Wes Morgan and James Justin also came on as this tournament allows five subs to be used during a game.

Wesley Fofane also had a chance to score but his header went wide and still have to wait for his first Leicester City goal. Another controlled and good performance from the teenager.

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Brendan Rodgers must be relieved that the team is back on winning ways and with a number of injuries he managed to get it right with his game plan, and of course having James Maddison on the field makes a difference.

It was a must win, but all credit to players and management as they managed to bring the game into the field they should and as predicted made it a good day in the office.

  • Positives
    • James Maddison back from start
    • Harvey Barnes playing an important role, stepping up
    • Kelechi Iheanacho with a goal and two assists, brilliant
    • Scoring three is always great, getting a great start
    • A female referee that whistled brilliantly, great performance
    • Christian Fuchs back in action, doing well
    • Kasper Schmeichel showing his best when needed the most
  • Negatives:
    • Nothing really, everything went as planned
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 7, Castagne 6, Fuchs 6, Fofana 7, Evans 7, Mendy 7, Praet 6, Barnes 8, Iheanacho 8, Tielemans 6, Maddison 9 Subs: Under, Choudhury, Perez, Justin, Morgan
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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • James Maddison

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 46 / 54
  • Corners: 6 / 2
  • Shots on target: 5 / 2
  • Fouls: 8 / 9

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