Leicester 2, Crystal Palace 1, positives and negatives, player ratings, and match report

Brendan Rodgers did field the same eleven as against West Bromwich and hopes were that we would see Leicester coming out in a blistering storm, but it was not that explosive from start and after 12 minutes Youri Tielemans lost the ball in the upper middle of the field and Eze gets the ball, finds Wilfried Zaha, and then suddenly Leicester are 1-0 behind.

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We knew that we would see a domination in the game, and possession was not the problem, with both Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho up front and a midfield that would push Crystal Palace back in the field and that certainly happened.

Despite that pressure, few chances were made and Crystal Palace managed to keep their clean sheet, finishing first half as leaders, with that single goal.

Intentions were clear going out second half, and we didn’t have to wait for long with a grand assist from Kelechi Iheanacho and a wonderful strike from Timothy Castagne, Leicester were equal after 50 minutes and they just pushed on hard.

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Being patient and showing solidity in the back was a key, and when Brendan Rodgers perfectly replaced Luke Thomas and James Maddison with Marc Albrighton and Ayoze Perez, we got the team a bit further up the field and when Kelechi Iheanacho fired off a dynamite in the 80th minute, it was just fantastic, again.

Leicester kept it all controlled until the end of the game and could have scored even more, with Jamie Vardy and Ayoze Perez both in great positions to score, but just missed out and everything ebbed out with that scoreline 2-1.

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Leicester did what we expected, though it all became a bit more difficult that we would have liked, and of course great credit to Kelechi Iheanacho who showed again what a fantastic finisher he is and how fantastic he has taken his chance and really is blossoming heavily at the moment.

This was Kelechi’s 14th goal in 14 games, which just is a fantastic tally and the Nigerian international must be both relieved and happy after a bit of struggle since joining the club as far back as 2017, signed by Craig Shakespeare!

Looking at the table is a bit of fun as the tally of points have moved up to 62 points and still in third and starting to get the gab needed to be safe and hopefully getting one of those Champions League places, again fantastic.

  • Positives
    • Kelechi Iheanacho with a brilliant game, scoring a screamer, perfect performance
    • Jamie Vardy working hard and trying his best, almost today, keep it going
    • Getting back and winning is an extreme act and cleverly done
    • Brendan Rodgers managed in the best way possible today
  • Negatives:
    • A bit sloppy at times, not really able to rule it all in midfield
    • Getting a goal behind
    • Maddison, not really at his best today
  • Player Ratings: Schmeichel 6, Castagne 7, Soyuncu 7, Evans 7, Fofana 7, Tielemans 6, Ndidi 6, Iheanacho 9, Vardy 7, Maddison 5, Thomas 5 Subs: Albrighton, Perez
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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Kelechi Iheanacho

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 67 / 33
  • Corners: 7 / 2
  • Shots on target: 5 / 2
  • Fouls: 13 / 12

Leicester did join Super-League, it all happened, facts and figures!

Back in 2016 as Champions of the Premier League, Leicester City did play in International Champions Cup, a tournament that went ahead and no one complained. Of course just a summer event, but still games played between Champions all around the World, but not all were as you could see, Champions, but still invited.

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TCF did attend the game in Stockholm, Sweden, remember Ahmed Musa scoring twice against Barcelona and watching Leo Messi appearing with coolness and sharpness, just a great and unbelievable experience.

The competition was one arranged at several arenas around the globe. Leicester played the following games, Barcelona (Stockholm), Celtic (Celtic Park), PSG (Carson California), two defeats and a draw was the outcome.

Leicester did win the game v. Celtic on penalties and got one extra point from the event. The strange affair here was also that clubs were invited to appear and Leicester might not have seen themselves in this party if they hadn’t upset the current establishment.

Celtic and Leicester and Australian winners Melbourne did not get any invitation to this new Super-League, but as we all could see “The Establishment” was invited, and this tournament from 2016 shows how the structure probably had this based on this tournament.

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No one had any complaints as this was only a “friendly” but again the “The Champions Cup” had the concept in place, but if Leicester had been ruled out of this one, you couldn’t have called it with the same name.

This was a “taste” of what we have seen in the last week, trying to upset UEFA / FIFA with a concept in competition with their current established tournament. As we all had the pleasure of watching Leicester City in these friendly that no one really bothered much about, just a chance to get a few games under the belt, to be able to compete next season.

Since 2016 we haven’t seen this again, with other arrangements taking place, without unsettling UEFA / FIFA at all, so this cup’s with invitations are not really anything else than “friendlies” as we just look at it as preparings for the major games to come.

And in football you can say what you like, but without referees you will not be able to arrange football games, and without players you are lost, so those men in suits believing they are in charge, does not have a clue, they will still just be back in what all this would be, a few friendlies between friends, and who would like that in football, no one, sorry, have a nice day.

In Both Camps, Plymouth Argyle

Picture: Lilian Nalis

Plymouth Argyle is a club with long and fantastic traditions, residing at the moment in the third tier of English football, League One. From the past we have seen a few foxes going down south almost as far as you can get in Britain. Seen today as the largest city in England not to host a Premier League club, as The Pilgrims never have been at the highest level, but has attracted talent of such.

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Peter Shilton is by the name, probably the greatest of them all to move to Plymouth Argyle, taking a role as player manager at the club in 1992, and staying on at Home Park until 1995. Shilts’ played 34 league games and pushed the club to the third tier play-off. A decline in form for the team did see Shilton leave and again going back to concentrate on playing, he was 45 years of age.

Another former fox to mention is Gordon Fincham who had a life with The Pilgrims, playing for Plymouth Argyle from 1958 to 1963, moving on to Luton Town and from there to a life with football in South Africa.

Former Leicester City manager Jimmy Bloomfield is also one who had a spell down south with Plymouth Argyle. He played at Home Park from 1966 to 1968. Ian Halloway is one that has been manager at both clubs.

Guy Branston, has been playing for Plymouth Argyle in two spells, adding up 38 league appearances, firstly on loan from Leicester City back in 98/99 and then finishing his playing career fifteen years later, packing it all in with this last stay at Home Park from 2013 to 2014.

Rufus Brevett had his best years in football with QPR, but also had spells at Plymouth Argyle and Leicester City. Tony Spearing is another full back alternative with the same experience.

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Lilian Nalis is another that made great impression in both camps, playing for 59 league games for Leicester City, moving to Sheffield United and from there down to Home Park, doing a grand job in midfield during a good spell in the second tier, adding up 102 league appearances for Plymouth Argyle.

Former coach at Leicester City Mike Everitt, who worked at Filbert Street during the days of Jimmy Bloomfield, was also player-manager at Plymouth Argyle, though never playing league football with Leicester City, he must be said to have had jobs in both camps.

Tom English joined Plymouth Argyle late in his career, being signed by Leicester from Coventry in the early 80’s and playing just four league games for The Pilgrims in a short stay from 1984 to 1985. Paul Gallagher also spent a period on loan with Plymouth Argyle before joining Leicester City from Blackburn Rovers.

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Goalkeeper Martin Hodge played for Plymouth Argyle from 1977 to 1979, before moving to Everton and Sheffield Wednesday and from 1988 to 1991 appearing for Leicester City.

Gary Megson who had short spell as manager at Leicester City, did start his career as a player with Plymouth Argyle, adding up 78 league games before making his move to Everton in the year of 1979.

  • Goalkeepers
    • Peter Shilton
    • Martin Hodge
  • ┬áDefenders
    • Rufus Brevett
    • Gordon Fincham
    • Tony Spearing
  • Midfield
    • Lilian Nalis
  • Forwards
    • Paul Gallagher
    • Tom English

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