Brendan Rodgers took over as Leicester manager back in February 2019 and since the start he’s had some great results to celebrate. So looking back, obviously you will find a number of them to chose from finishing 5th in the two last seasons in the Premier League.
We have obviously picked out the FA Cup final v. Chelsea and the 9-0 win away to Southampton. Two games that forever will be iconic under the leadership of Brendan Rodgers. The third game we have picked out is last seasons away win v. Man City and the fourth finding, that cracking league win v. Man Utd also coming last season.Embed from Getty Images
Going back to that game on the 25th of October 2019, that very special game away to Southampton, winning 9-0. We all know what the feeling was like, epic and fantastic, surreal and total satisfaction, you don’t have a next level of joy, it’s rare and very special feeling.
Leicester fielded a team in a 4-3-3 formation, or if you like a 4-5-1, with Jamie Vardy as the main man up front, scoring three goals, Ayoze Perez also scored three, the others came from Chilwell, Tielemans and Maddison. A solid system picked and one we felt had all the reasons for surviving as everything clicked perfectly, and movement between players were excellent.
Leicester had a 5-0 lead at half time and goals came thick and fast during second half as well adding four more to see the final result ending on 9-0. What a team performance, what a fantastic way to play football, just brilliant.
The next game we will bring to the table is last seasons 5-2 win away to Man City. The set up was a bit unexpected, but again fielding Jamie Vardy as the only forward, being able to score three of the five in a very counter attacking approach, like a replica of the 2015/16 season. A grand performance with a five man defence, four in midfield and that switch from Timothy Castagne that really made it a perfect set-up, being able to take the sprints and return to his back position with Daniel Amartey just inside of him.Embed from Getty Images
Was it a back four or was it a back five, with Castagne adjusting his position during the game it was a key to that fantastic result. Vardy as said with three, Maddison and Tielemans with the others, Maddison coming on as a sub. It was that type of day when everything again clicked but with a different approach and a change that worked on the day.
The next game was the away win at Old Trafford, probably not the strongest Man Utd team, but again to collect a win away at that place is a seldom affair and just giving you total satisfaction. Goals from Luke Thomas and Caglar Soyuncu secured the win.
Leicester fielding a team in a straight 4-4-2 formation and again a change of system, and of course giving both Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho a chance to shine. Not really the obvious set up and two defenders scoring the goals, but again a fantastic result and a nice goal scored by Luke Thomas especially.
The last and most wonderful of them all, the FA Cup final v. Chelsea, what a performance, what a goal from Youri Tielemans and the first ever title win of this tournament. Leicester did defeat the Champions League winner to be, and in such a perfect way, just phenomenal.Embed from Getty Images
Leicester were again seen in a different system and the one preferred mostly at the end of last season with Fofana, Soyuncu and Evans playing all three, this time with Vardy and Iheanacho up front and Ayoze Perez playing in the false number nine postion, just behind the two. Another change and of course one to look at.
To lift that trophy, just fantastic, great joy and as long as you win you don’t really care how the team is set up, you just feel joy and happiness.Embed from Getty Images
We all love this group and hopefully keeping those key players will give us more hope and possible final wins and collections of trophies, we just hope for it to carry on.
You can’t really tell, what’s best, but to see Leicester in a certain style would be fantastic, but to play your best players in their best positions might not be bad either, but have loved the Southampton away team, the system and everything played in that way as it was fantastic to watch, and as a football game close to perfection, the other games had other good moments, but were never games totally dominated by Leicester, so for TCF the Southampton game stands out as a performance of total perfection.