Leicester City, Brendan Rodgers and the tactical twist and turns

Over the years we have seen Leicester City in different systems and changes have often occurred both with new players being brought in, or with manager changes, while other clubs decide to work with a certain pattern as part of a structure and in guidance with their plan of sports.

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Some managers are learned to stay loyal to a certain system and add players to their squad based on that type of approach, while others try to find the best players possible and change their system to a more player orientated approach.

Often you also see managers who are specialists on one type of system and have studied this type of football to perfection as they build their team around those ideas.

If you play a weaker opponent you don’t have to worry much about the system as you will be superior player by player, and that will give you enough chances to win anyway, but in Premier League action, not being able to play to your best strengths might hurt you over time as opponents will take advantage and outplay you.

Brendan Rodgers has stated over time that he might change the system based on the day of play and the players he have to his disposal and we have seen that from time to time this season playing a back three instead of a back four.

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We would not like to criticize Brendan Rodgers, but the fact that he decides from time to time to go with a back three is a riddle not easy to understand, playing the football he does as it will not be effective enough playing out from the back without having any full backs to play to and you get a different and more risky set up, playing the ball out to your central defenders instead.

We prefer a settled back four everyday of the week, and it is also the most common among players so it’s easy to adapt and easy to follow as you have learned that way to play during your learning and progression as a player.

The midfield area these days are often split into two different areas, which is not really the case, seeing Leicester City in a triangle approach either with one player lower in the area and two more offensive players, or the opposite as we have seen Leicester City in lately, with Wilfred Ndidi and Youri Tielemans filling those roles to perfection, and James Maddison in that position just above them.

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We are often seeing Leicester City with Harvey Barnes as the key wide man and Jamie Vardy as the top forward and as against Liverpool, Marc Albrighton laying a bit deeper and playing his wide role in a very special way, we would like to think that Leicester City are settling a 4-3-3, but others say it is a 4-2-3-1, but with Harvey Barnes so much higher in the field it’s not really that system and we would believe it is a 4-3-3 approach.

Against Liverpool, Ayoze Perez came on, and Leicester City did switch a bit, but all in all it was still a 4-3-3 approach with the goals not really having anything to do with a possible system change. James Maddison scored from a free kick, Jamie Vardy from a fatal goalkeeper error and Harvey Barnes dribbling from the flank before finishing his ride with a perfect placed shot.

The team offensively is a floating change between a number of players as midfielders, forwards and flanks are moving into open spaces to make attacking structures based on the current situation, we love this as a base for the attacks and it makes all players more free as they act on intuition instead of playing a certain system.

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Offensively you need to bring forward five to six players in each attack to be certain to score, and we often see that with Leicester City as they are giving their full backs freedom to go forward, as you often have seen them many times inside the penalty box.

Leicester City are mostly four defenders, three midfielders, two flanks and a single forward up front. As we have seen it often, Harvey Barnes is more offensive than the other flank player, but they are still all of them part of a forward line, call it what you like.

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