Stoke 0, Leicester 4, positives and negatives, player ratings, and match report

Brendan Rodgers rested Jamie Vardy and James Maddison and just slotted in Dennis Praet and Ayoze Perez and to TCF’s delight just did the basics and natural move, though we would like Papy Mendy any day of the week instead of Dennis Praet, but anyway it worked so great and it was all the balance in something the players trust, just lovely to watch

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Stoke is a bit of the pedal at the moment, trying to find back to their best, but they still have a number of great players, but Michael O’Neill doesn’t have enough quality and depth to be able to compete with a Leicester City side that had quality in all positions.

Leicester took the lead after 34 minutes with a fantastic approach from James Justin, going around a few players, making a perfectly curled shot from wide, just up there in the right corner. A wonderful goal and again just makes me more and more impressed with the England U.21 international, who could soon make his full debut if he continues this way, playing fantastic to the left and so he also does to the right, gifted and very talented.

Stoke had a bit of play and Leicester wasn’t that dominant though it looked controlled and little to worry about going out in the 2nd half. We had to wait to the 59th minute for the next goal, perfectly and directly from Marc Albrighton, LCFC 2-0 and it looked comfortable and settled.

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With calmness and so much quality in midfield with both Ndidi and Tielemans doing a masters job in the engine room, all time runner Marc Albrighton playing a grand game again, but the game wasn’t finished, more goals to come.

Stoke were tired out, and great to see Ayoze Perez scoring from a nice shot in the 79th minute, well placed and heavily deserved as he had done the job we have waited for Brendan Rodgers to recognize as Ayoze is a natural striker, and today he showed that in full.

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Harvey Barnes finished the scoring in the 81st minute and Leicester are through to the 4th round, and we hope that the season will bring us more joy as Brendan Rodgers makes his “easiest moves” and are not out there to “show us something”, you don’t need that, you were perfect against Newcastle, perfect again today, so please just continue to play the team in 4-3-3, just replace those you would replace, and don’t do too many changes to the starting team, then Leicester City will win silverware this season and go places we just would like to dream about.

  • Positives
    • Fielding a well balanced team
    • Just slotting in players in a perfect system that works wonders for LCFC
    • James Justin, what a goal, what a player, fantastic to watch
    • Tielemans and Ndidi workrate, fantastic
    • Ayoze Perez played in the correct position, lovely
    • Scoring four away, Schmeichel keeping a clean sheet
  • Negatives:
    • Denns Praet injury, could be serious and a long break, hopefully not
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 6, Justin 8, Castagne 7, Evans 7, Fofana 7, Tielemans 8, Praet 6, Ndidi 7, Perez 7, Barnes 7, Albrighton 8 Subs: Soyuncu, Mendy, Iheanacho
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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • James Justin

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 35 / 65
  • Corners: 2 / 4
  • Shots on target: 2 / 7
  • Fouls: 12 / 10

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