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

Another experimental approach from Brendan Rodgers, and another random selection that of course makes this a gamble and discarding the opponent is not always positive, and the fact that Leicester took the lead early on, was not at all a picture of the game.

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Arsenal left Odegaard and Aubameyang on the bench and it should have been the perfect day to get something out off, but instead it all ended as the worst ever scenario. After that great 1-0 goal from Youri Tielemans, it was like the engine was turned off and it all went badly.

Arsenal took over more and more and after a number of attempts, it was time for that first goal after 39 minutes, David Luiz scoring from close range. Arsenal pushed on for a second and really terrorized the Leicester City defence and especially Luke Thomas had a difficult first half.

We all hoped that Leicester City would come back and fought on, but with Wilfred Ndidi making a “spider” of himself and getting hit by a Pepe shot inside the penalty box, everything went from bad to worse as Lacazette scored easily from the penalty spot. Arsenal were 2-1 up.

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Martin Odegaard entered the field late in the first half and with him on the field, to just ignore the fact that Arsenal had the upper hand in midfield with Leicester playing Tielemans and Ndidi in there on their own, with Iheanacho and Vardy up front, it was obvious that this would just be a day without any hope of a win.

Instead Arsenal with Odegaard setting a great attack playing Leicester like little kids, as Pepe just pushed the ball over the line, it was obvious that another nightmare at home was a fact, then to lose Harvey Barnes just minutes before with an injury that looked serious, it was just not the day to celebrate and King Power Stadium looks as a difficult ground for Leicester at the moment.

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A few attempts in the end to try to score faded into nothing as Arsenal just perfectly outplayed Leicester and the injury situation and random system and player change is heavily dramatic and a problem to address.

  • Positives
    • Tielemans scoring and being able to take the lead after just 6 minutes
  • Negatives:
    • Juggling with system and players, not really understanding Rodgers approach
    • Injuries and problems, not able to get any balance in the team
    • Brendan Rodgers is not following the guidelines, and just juggling everything
    • Wrong team selection, changing the system to 4-4-2, why not just play 4-3-3 as he has done, or for those who want it more cut up, 4-2-3-1, sorry, football is about a goalkeeper, defence, midfield and forwards, everything else is just adjustments
    • Having problems understanding why every manager Leicester City appoint starts doing errors you would believe never would happen, sorry.
    • Not analyzing Arsenal and expose Luke Thomas in a way that makes the player look stupid, with Castagne and Pereira both available there is no doubt about were to use them, please go back to KISS
    • Mendy, Ndidi and Tielemans were available today, why not just push Tielemans up in the Maddison role and slot Mendy in, to just balance the midfield. Albrighton is in and out, and this is a nightmare to watch, with both Castagne and Pereira available just play them to the right and left in defence, sick and tired of this silliness.
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 5, Castagne 5, Soyuncu 5, Evans 5, Thomas 3, Tielemans 6, Ndidi 5, Barnes 5, Iheanacho 3, Vardy 3, Pereira 5 Subs: Albrighton, Under, Amartey
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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Youri Tielemans

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 44 / 56
  • Corners: 2 / 7
  • Shots on target: 3 / 4
  • Fouls: 15 / 3

Leicester 0, Slavia Prague 2, positives and negatives, player ratings, and match report

Dropping Harvey Barnes from the starting line-up is a strange approach, also to see neither Timothy Castagne or Ricardo Pereira from start is also strange, considering their strengths and skills, and laying a load on a player like Chengiz Under in such a game, he has hardly been on the field so far. Strange as it was, it became.

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This looked strange from start and you could easily see that the team was not composed in a way that would look as an underestimation of Slavia Prague and they showed their quality in the first half, not giving Leicester any gaps to use and really playing to their best.

The first half was a dull affair, but still we believed that Leicester would fix this and what was needed was a goal and that hope was of course there, but there were no chances for Jamie Vardy as his day became close to a nightmare.

Coming out second half, strangely enough Slavia looked the sharpest and they destroyed all hope of Leicester to go through to the next round when they scored after 49 minutes.

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With three substitutions done a few minutes after Slavia had scored we surely believed that the trio Harvey Barnes, Ricardo Pereira and Timothy Castagne could getting this in the right direction, but this was all wrong with Pereira slotting in to a central midfield role, trying some quasi system that no one could figure out.

Instead of Leicester scoring, Slavia used the babble of Rodgers to score a second goal and secure their place in the next round. Instead of going for more power up front and giving Iheanacho a few minutes, Rodgers gave Sidnei Tavares his debut coming on in the 80th minute. What the plan was behind this move, must have given up and just giving the boy his first team debut.

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As a fan you would expect more, and to see first team players such as Iheanacho and Mendy just being left on the bench and overlooked is difficult to accept. Difficult to understand how a manager of this calibre can just ignore the opponent and miss totally, strange.

We have to hope that this was a glip that changing too much, resting his best players and just place a random eleven out there is not good enough to win against a team like Slavia Prague. Good luck to Slavia and what a great result it must have been for them, they deserved it fully and was the real heroes today.

  • Positives
    • Giving Sidnei Tavares a few minutes, when the battle was lost, hopefully we will see him again in the first team
    • No injuries
  • Negatives:
    • The selection of players, dropping Harvey Barnes for such an important game
    • Brendan Rodgers, what was his game plan?
    • Not using all five subs, sorry but that is a signal that isn’tacceptable
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 5, Amartey 3, Soyuncu 5, Evans 5, Thomas 5, Tielemans 5, Ndidi 5, Under 5, Choudhury 3, Vardy 3, Albrighton 4 Subs: Pereira, Castagne, Barnes, Tavares
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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Youri Tielemans

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 62 / 38
  • Corners: 5 / 5
  • Shots on target: 3 / 3
  • Fouls: 8 / 15

Three major moves that Leicester City should consider in the summer!

The idea of making changes will always be there going into the summer, and as we have seen every season, one big departure will always be there, but this summer we believe that the cleaning job done by Brendan Rodgers will keep the squad of major quality at the club also next season.

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There will of course be changes as we will see for certain that Matty James, Wes Morgan and Christian Fuchs will depart, also great possibility that players such as Rachid Ghezzal, Josh Knight and Darnel Johnson will be heading to new destinations.

The future of Sidnei Tavares is one that is highly uncertain as Barcelona are considering the youngster. If the cousin of Nani will move out there will be a huge gap to fill and with the certainty of the return of Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, you have quality to slot in.

The intruduction of Vontae Daley-Campbell is one we expect will continue, and with the progression of Luke Thomas there will be quality in those positions behind the best, and it will be exciting to watch the moves of Brendan Rodgers this summer.

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A number of players are already listed as targets. The name Baubakary Soumare is just pure excitement and if he ends up at Leicester City, then we have great things to expect, and that could be a farewell to Hamza Choudhury and even a move for Dennis Praet could be seen.

So who is this Somare, currently playing for Lille. A product of the PSG, and just 21 years of age, tremendous eye for the ball and a great pass, he is a player that would be perfect to slot in alongside Wilfred Ndidi and of course to have as a cover. Leicester are of course not alone in this interest with Arsenal seen as a major contender for his signature.

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The future of Kelechi Iheanacho is also uncertain as the player himself might be eager to seek more first team football and a certain Ivan Toney could be eager to get back into Premier League action as his move from Northampton to Newcastle never turned out in the best way possible. After a great return to first team action during a number of loan spells and a fantastic move to Peterborough, Ivan has made the most out his move to Brentford and taken the Championship level with storm. So far scored 24 goals this season and shone heavily. A player that has it all and is also “tall”, a monster of a forward, would like to see the player in a Leicester City shirt, would be great.

A Leicester City target during the last few transfer windows ended up in Aston Villa and today he showed class as he was a constant treath, Bertrand Traore should be considered and if possible a player that have the background that would suit the club in the best way possible, being a great contributer in Europe and domestic for clubs such as Lyon and Ajax.

These three players would really excite and be great additions if they move to Leicester City and with a return of Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall it will look better than ever, keep up the good work and hopefully the next moves in the transfer market will be of real quality.

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