Leicester 1, Leeds 3, positives and negatives, player ratings, and match report

Another match that would be seen as a possible 3 pointer, and with the line-up Brendan Rodgers presented, everything looked positive and just as expected, moving forward with the players that has been in the team in recent games.

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Harvey Barnes made a fantastic one to one with James Maddison and put the ball in the net after just 13 minutes. A wonderful strike and moves like you would believe it was absolute more to come from the wizard up front in this attacking and wonderful team.

But sadly it never really became much of a celebration as Leeds just thundered back two minutes later with attacking skills you know this team possess. The game was back at square one and it just became a silent affair until the break, also a set back that Timothy Castagne had to leave the field after just 37 minutes, with Ricardo Pereira coming on as his replacement.

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Coming out second half, Brendan Rodgers made another “clever move” changing the system and introducing Caglar Soyuncu as a third man in the back, replacing Marc Albrighton and going for a three men defense, and as we have said 1000 times, when will this “clever man” learn about system changes and desperate acts in a football game that had no needs for such moves at all.

Brendan Rodgers is eager to play two of his best players, currently not part of a settled four men defence and today moving Mendy and Tielemans into a little minor duo in midfield, with Pereira and Justin slotting into the quartet, moving Maddison up behind Perez and Barnes and all natural movement gone as players looking unsettled.

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Despite those changes Ayoze Perez, Wesley Fofana and Jonny Evans all were close to scoring a leading goal, but instead Leeds made the most out of their opportunities appearing when Brendan Rodgers became “too clever” today and lost the game with his formation change.

Patrick Bamford was clearly man of the match as Kasper Schmeichel did the best he could and was surely Leicester’s best player today, and that tells a story of a team that never really managed to build on the perfect start, a pure result and again failing heavily at home.

  • Positives
    • A wonderful start, a great goal socred by Harvey Barnes
    • Kasper Schmeichel, a good performance, despite letting in three goals
    • Creating enough chances to win this game
    • Correct selection from start by Brendan Rodgers
  • Negatives:
    • Brendan Rodgers losing his eye sight and making strange formation changes
    • Taking off Marc Albrighton?, was he injured, this is tragic
    • Going from 1-0 in front to end the game in a 1-3 defeat, awful
    • Not having a player left in offensive positions in the ending minutes
    • Kelechi Iheanacho, must surely be a player to put on in this type of game
    • Stumbling when you last expect it
    • Jonny Evans losing his grip in crucial situations, sadly influencing the result
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 7, Castagne 5, James 5, Evans 5, Fofana 6, Tielemans 6, Maddison 5, Mendy 5, Albrighton 5, Perez 5, Barnes 6 Subs: Soyuncu, Pereira 5, Under
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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Kasper Schmeichel

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 51 / 49
  • Corners: 6 / 4
  • Shots on target: 8 / 7
  • Fouls: 17 / 16

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