Aston Villa 1, Leicester 2, positives and negatives, player ratings, and match report

Brendan Rodgers is now following a plan we love, as he continues to play with four men in the back and just slot players in and out as he goes from strength to strength. He also keeps believing in Luke Thomas as he did with James Justin and it just works wonders for the younger players.

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First half was a fantastic performance from Leicester and the goals scored was taken out of the book of football as the team evolve from game to game, and came back heavily from the 0-0 in Prague midweek.

James Maddison scored the first after great link up’s with Jamie Vardy and Harvey Barnes, Barnes slotted in the second as his goal form is on and with Gareth Southgate watching from the stands it must thrilling for the two English internationals to just tear Aston Villa apart.

Leicester had a clear and controlled domination and being 2-0 up away at Villa Park after 45 minutes is just perfect, but also a difficult lead as you still are in a game that could end anywhere really, though we all believed Leicester would come out second half and try to score more.

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But it was not the best of starts in the second half as Leicester conceded an early goal from Traore, who was on fire, and among a group of players that Brendan Rodgers should look carefully on as he tries to strengthen his squad for next season.

After this it never really was not a game of excitement anymore with Aston Villa pushing on for an equalizer, but Kasper Schmeichel did well and kept Leicester in the game with some good saves from different attempts.

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There were five minutes added on, and a bit of nerves came in, but all in all a great defensive performance second half secured another win which takes Leicester into second place in the table, three points in front of Manchester United.

Brendan Rodgers must be very pleased with the team and despite having a bit of a number of injury problems and also seeing James Maddison limping off today, it’s really impressive to see how he manage to bring a new and competitive side to the field in every game.

  • Positives
    • Another great performance from the team, greatly selected by Brendan Rodgers
    • James Maddison and Harvey Barnes goals
    • Jamie Vardy looking lively and close to getting a goal
  • Negatives:
    • The start of second half, not good enough
    • Not able to kill the game completely, not making much offensively second half
    • Maddison probable injury
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 7, Castagne 7, Soyuncu 7, Evans 7, Thomas 7, Tielemans 7, Ndidi 8, Maddison 7, Vardy 6, Barnes 7, Pereira 6 Subs: Mendy, Choudhury, Amartey
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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Wilfred Ndidi

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 50 / 50
  • Corners: 7 / 8
  • Shots on target: 2 / 7
  • Fouls: 11 / 11

The full update on Leicester City coaching staff, who are who?

Brendan Rodgers is in full charge of first team affairs, but he also have a number of people to help him getting everything done as he is not able to do all his tasks by himself, though media looks to him as the single man in this great group of people.

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The assistant first team manager is Chris Davies. Davies (35) is still a young man despite being very experienced, going into coaching due injuries and forced to early retirement as a player. He was the captain of Reading’s youth team and then coached by Brendan Rodgers, but has also an earlier life at Leicester City, being part of the youth academy set up from 2005 to 2007.

He has worked under Brendan Rodgers in similar postions at Swansea, Liverpool and Celtic and his abilities might be overshadowed and a bit forgotten by media as his presence must be regarded as very important and his influence should not be faulted as his role is one very important in the set up around and in partnership with the manager.

Kole Tourè is the first team coach and moved down from Celtic with Brendan Rodgers were he also assisted his former boss at Liverpool. The playing life of Kolo is one fantastic, and to have a person in and around like him will never be wrong, as his knowledge of winning always will be important, lifting the Premier League trophy both at Arsenal and Man City.

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Kolo Tourè has also 120 caps to his name, and by that the most capped player of his nation, The Ivory Coast, playing at international level for 15 years. Toure played under Brendan Rodgers both at Liverpool and Celtic before moving into coaching and working in partnership with his former manager at Celtic before joining up at Leicester City as well.

Leicester City also have a first team fitness coach and this role is today occupied by Glen Driscoll. Driscoll might not be the most household name in the game, but has during a long spell at Chelsea worked with and alongside Rodgers, Mourinho and Ancelotti, before being recruited to the staff of people under Rodgers at Swansea, Liverpool, Celtic and now Leicester City.

Brendan Rodgers coaching staff also include Mike Stowell and Adam Sadler who are people with a long background at Leicester City and not someone who has followed the roads of the current number one, and we have often seen the two in caretaker positions from time to time between full management changes.

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Stowell is as we know the goalkeeper coach and Sadler are part of the staff working with the outfield players. Stowell might be a long term servant at Leicester City, but during his playing days as a goalkeeper he was at Wolves for eleven seasons from 1990 to 2001 adding up 385 league games while at Molineux. Sadler also have a background as goalkeeper, but stopped playing at a younger age, with Manchester United one of his former clubs. and the two former shot stoppers took jointly charge in the interim period between Claude Puel and Brendan Rodgers.

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The development staff includes the head of academy affairs Steve Beaglehole, who have been with the club for over 20 years, joining up during the days of Martin O’Neill, Beaglehole has also been interim manager of the first team, and seen as a one of the real classics among footballing men with such a long time at one single club.

The academy staff is set up by many faces, and the structure and quality is fantastic, as they bring forward one talent after another on a yearly basis, with names such as Harvey Barnes, Hamza Choudhury, Ben Chilwell and Luke Thomas all graduating in style and being fantastic and good additions to the first team over time.

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

After a fantastic display in the weekend v. Liverpool, it was back up on the horse and travelling to a special away game against a difficult opponent in Slavia Prague. Brendan Rodgers did as we hoped, just slotted in a player when one is left out.

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Luke Thomas got the chance in the absence of Ricardo Pereira who was one of many players to miss the game due to injury, and it’s might difficult to cope with all this and at the same time be able to be competitive, but with that in mind Leicester did well.

Early chances for Marc Albrighton and a lively Harvey Barnes, did not result in goals, but it was a signal that it could be a pretty afternoon for Leicester. A team almost identical with the one starting against Liverpool, had the attitude and spirit from start.

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The frist half faded out with a few more half chances for both teams, but going into 2nd half and after an hour of play, Brendan Rodgers took off both Maddison and Vardy, and it was probably a signal saying that a 0-0 draw away might be what this night was ment to be.

No more good chances was really created and the two teams will meet again at King Power on the 25th of February to settle this games of two. Leicester certainly had enough to win in Prague, but looking at the terraces you could see in full that Slavia Prague was on a “fox hunt”.

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Looking at this this with neutral eyes, you will think that it was a good performance and going east is never easy, so to come back with a draw is after all a relatively good result, and this also puts real pressure on Slavia as they might see it more difficult, going to Leicester to win.

Brendan Rodgers could take his team into the next round and it looks as a great possibility to get further in Europe, as Leicester are marching on, a new game coming up in the PL on Sunday, hopefully getting something at Villa Park.

  • Positives
    • Harvey Barnes putting on a great display
    • Not losing away, always good
    • Luke Thomas getting more experience at this level
  • Negatives:
    • A bleak performance, not creating enough to score
    • With the pressure Leicester had, a goal would should have been scored
    • Yellow cards to Tielemans, Ndidi and Iheanacho
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 6, Amartey 6, Soyuncu 6, Evans 6, Thomas 6, Tielemans 6, Ndidi 7, Albrighton 6, Vardy 5, Barnes 7, Maddison 6 Subs: Iheanacho, Choudhury, Under
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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Harvey Barnes

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 47 / 53
  • Corners: 8 / 3
  • Shots on target: 3 / 1
  • Fouls: 14 / 10

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