Brendan Rodgers had to make a few changes with Caglar Soyuncu and Jamie Vardy both missing the game, in with new recruit Wesley Fofana and Kelechi Iheanacho, two obvious choices as the team looked balanced and settled with the two players just slotting into those positions.Embed from Getty Images
Again it was no place for Marc Albrighton, a player that would have been brilliant in this game and could have set up other players, something Ayoze Perez seldom does, and shocking to see that Marc was not given game time at all, sadly.
Leicester City did controll the first half, with Aston Villa of course very dangerous whenever Jack Grealish gets the ball, and to keep him quiet is a big job, and why he is not an England regular is a riddle of dimentions, the best player on the field today, great match from the opponent.
Leicester were never a treath for another great player, Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, and whatever shot that arrived he just picked them down, and with a solid central defence in Mings and Konsa, Leicester had really no chance to break them down, with Harvey Barnes getting a few look in’s but never really showing the quality needed, Iheanacho and Perez were poor and their performances never really made it possible to get goals.Embed from Getty Images
Brendan Rodgers had included Islam Slimani in the squad and James Maddison was also listed on the bench, giving both players a chance from the bench replacing Iheanacho and Praet. Strange to see Leicester City just playing on with Perez on the field, and taking of Praet, who was a better option to keep out there and instead could have pushed James Maddison further up the field.
Hamza Choudhury also got a few minutes, replacing Nampalys Mendy, but that could have been the fact that made it possible for Ross Barkley to get his shot from distance, well placed behind Kasper Schmeichel who again showed that he might lack a few inches to be a great goalie on the line.Embed from Getty Images
The game was an even clash, but Aston Villa looked the most dangerous and was rewarded with that only goal from Barkley as yet three new points were lost at home, and for Brendan Rodgers this was another miss tactically as he made substitutions few or no one would understand.
The fact that Mendy and Praet were taken off in a game they both played to a certain standard made the team weaker and punished again at home, this is not good enough and one to blame today was the manager who again made tactical errors.
- Wesley Fofana, making a promising debut
- Under and Albrighton not given a chance
- Taking off players who are vital for defensive and offensive balance
- Losing at home, not good enough
- Harvey Barnes, not clinical enough in a game that he needed to step up
- Player Ratings: Schmeichel 5, Castagne 5, Justin 6, Fofana 6, Evans 5, Mendy 6, Perez 3, Barnes 5, Iheanacho 4, Tielemans 6, Praet 6 Subs: Maddison, Slimani, Choudhury
- Leicester City, Man of the Match
- Wesley Fofana
Match Stats (H/A):
- Possession: 50 / 50
- Corners: 2 / 7
- Shots on target: 11 / 10
- Fouls: 18 / 18