Brendan Rodgers does have a number of injury problems in front of the game against West Ham, and he made that decision again to change formation, playing something looking like a 3-4-3, and it showed that the gamble wouldn’t turn out perfectly. Dennis Praet and James Maddison were both missing the game with injuries, and as we all knew Wilfred Ndidi would also be out.Embed from Getty Images
With David Moyes absent from the game, probably running things from home, he looks like a magician as Alan Irvine turns the messages into live and perfectly assist this team in something you would say was the perfect set up.
Leicester City stumbled and couldn’t figure out how to get a shot on the West Ham goal and while they troubled, Aaron Cresswell did find Mikael Antonio who converted after 14 minutes, really showing that grit needed to get the ball into the net.
Giving up space and taking risks going forward, and then making fatal passing mistakes was really utilized by West Ham and a fantastic run and finish from Farnals made the scenario of a nightmare clear as Leicester City looked doomed today.Embed from Getty Images
Coming out 2nd half it was hope that Jamie Vardy could find the goal but he was silenced perfectly by West Ham who looked so compact and brilliant in everything they did, as being on that mission of perfection, and also seeing a fantastic Declan Rice running the midfield with such presence that thoughts about Trevor Brooking went through the mind.
Rice also made a push forward with a run that made every Leicester City player stay still and his shot hitting the bar, unfortunately for West Ham, luckily for Kasper Schmeichel who just could listen and look at the shot as he was completely out of reach.Embed from Getty Images
While Leicester City struggled, as we probably have never seen before at King Power Stadium, West Ham just had a walk in the park and shuffled in a late goal with brilliance, Jarrod Bowen scoring after a perfect one two with Fornals.
Jamie Vardy had a great chance, played perfectly through by Youri Tielemans with a splended pass, but on this day of course Jamie also missed a clear goals chance with his flick over Fabianski going wide.
Leicester City did continue to try and came as close as you can get, actually scoring in open play, Harvey Barnes combining well with Iheanacho and Vardy, but VAR was not in Leicester mood today correctly disallowing the goal, Vardy in an offside position.
Going from heaven to hell in one week is the nightmare of this set up under Brendan Rodgers as the manager believe he can “walk on water” and then in a shocking way experiences “a full drowning” as the team looked totally lost not able to defend and attack as they should.
Great credit to West Ham United, haven’t seen such a perfect football game display from an away team at King Power Stadium ever, not giving Leicester City a chance to produce enough chances to score the goals needed.
- Not much, probably that the sun came shining
- The goal scored, but stopped by VAR
- Under getting minutes, did a few positives
- Everything, terrible performance
- Player Ratings: Schmeichel 6, Castagne 5, Justin 5, Soyuncu 5, Evans 5, Amartey 4, Mendy 6, Perez 3, Barnes 6, Vardy 4, Tielemans 6 Subs: Under, Iheanacho, Choudhury
- Leicester City, Man of the Match
- Harvey Barnes
Match Stats (H/A):
- Possession: 69 / 31
- Corners: 6 / 4
- Shots on target: 0 / 6
- Fouls: 11 / 8