To play for a trophy is of course something special, to be at Wembley is also telling a story of a club that are progressing and to be part of the FA Community Shield trophy hunt was something players, management, owners and fans always are never taking for granted and as we could see the best team possible (on paper) were picked for the event.
The game was an even affair with a bit of Man City pressure over the first 45 minutes, but also two big chances for Jamie Vardy could have given the lead after first half. Kasper Schmeichel captained the team and his presence is always important for this group.Embed from Getty Images
Riyad Mahrez was in the Man City team and tried to build a pressure together with Ilkan Gundugan making it a bit difficult for the Leicester defence with Daniel Amartey partnering Caglar Soyuncu and doing that briliantly as the duo during the game was among Leicester’s best players.
0-0 after the first half and Leicester came out unchanged as the Wembley crowd were waiting for Jack Grealish and of course we all would be curious to see what the £100million man could do and he came on after.
Comments were that Man City didn’t field their strongest team but in real fielded strong players with Steffen in goal, and youngsters Palmer and Edozie as the two outfield players not regular first team squad players, so with Leicester missing both Evans and Fofana and also Castagne missing the game the selection could be said to be relatively even and nothing to talk about Man City being weakened, Leicester surely also could be seen in the same picture.
A mistake from Ricardo Pereira could have seen Riyad Mahrez along with Kasper Schmeichel, but Wilfred Ndidi was terrific and ran up Mahrez and tackeld him cleverly, and as we talked grand about Soyuncu and Amartey being brilliant, Ndidi had a brilliant game defencively as well and the three cemented everything in their own half.Embed from Getty Images
Both teams made a number of changes from the 70th minute and onwards and as that happened the game opened up more and then Leicester with Daka and Iheanacho coming on put Man City under more pressure and when Nathan Ake in the 89th minute made a blunder, Iheanacho was taken down and rawarded a clear penalty.
Kelechi was given the job to take the penalty against his former club and his shot was good and went in, Leicester were 1-0 up close to the very end of the game, and with four minutes added on they stayed calm and it became clear that the start of the new season did see Leicester picking up a new and wonderful trohpy, once done before in 1971, then Steve Whitworth scored the winner, his only goal in an official game, during 401 total appearances for the club.
To see the defensive performance, the four men defence and how well they handled the approach, makes you start to think that it would be a pity to break up this defense and hope that Brendan Rodgers can see the benefit of keeping the group strongly together.
Just marvelous to see how Leicester again shows their quality and can win football games against every other team on this planet, fantastic and great, just a joyful evening, thanks a lot!
- Brendan Rodgers picking his team and system brilliantly
- The calmness and confindence in this team is a massive quality stamp
- Amartey and Soyuncu playing a perfect game together
- Winning a new trophy, building confidence and presence at major events
- Players coming on giving the team a boost and giving it another face
Player Ratings: Schmeichel 7, Pereira 6, Amartey 8, Soyuncu 8, Bertrand 7, Maddison 6, Nididi 8, Tielemans 6, Barnes 7, Vardy 6, Perez 6, Subs: Daka, D-Hall, Iheanacho, Thomas, Soumare, AlbrightonEmbed from Getty Images
- Leicester City, Man of the Match
- Wilfred Ndidi
Match Stats (H/A):
- Possession: 43 / 57
- Corners: 4 / 7
- Shots on target: 5 / 3
- Fouls: 6 / 8