Legia Warsaw 1, Leicester 0, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report, Europa League fixture

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Brendan Rodgers decided to play three men defence this time with Amartey, Vestergaard and Soyuncu building it up in the back. A top line with two forwards was also introduced with Patson Daka and Ayoze Perez starting up front, wonders how many sessions the two have together to drill their performance.

Leicester had a bleak start and with this team it was a bit of bingo as you don’t have relations in place that actually have some sort of a prevous build up and as expected nothing really worked.

Legia took the lead after 31 minutes, scored by their forward Emreli and as Rodgers in a way mirrored their positioning it was a pretty even affair first half.

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Going into second half Leicester put a bit of pressure on Legia, but the home team was clever in counter attack and danger did appear when Leicester pushed forward.

Leicester had their chances to score with one obvious goal with a bit of luck was the header form Jannik Vestergaard, but it was stopped on the line be a clever Legia defender, the goal never passed the line, but would have given Leicester a point, something they were close to achieve.

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A number of changes towards the end bringing on Maddison, Barnes and Vardy did not see a goal in the horizon, but credit to Maddison who tried hard to give his best, one of his better performances and he was lively inside the Legia box.

Kasper Schmeichel made a fantastic save from a late attempt from Legia who used their counterattack skills to almost kill the game, but chances from the subs Peckhart and Kastrati were missed with Kasper Schmeichel making a great save from one of those.

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A lot of critisism is now flying as Leicester have struggled lately, but in my view we do not have much to bother about as long as Premier League games are taken serious. Europa League must just be treated the way they are at the moment and give players on the fringe a chance.

Playing Thursday’s is difficult as PL games must be the main focus, next coming up against Crystal Palace on Sunday, a must win for Leicester as they need points not to be dragged into a relegation fight which would be hopeless looking at the investments done by the club.

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Another key point is for players such as Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall and Patson Daka to be in there to grab a chance to start, strangely Ademola Lookman had no say from start and was just given game time late in the match, strange.

We just have to forget and go forward. Napoli who played Spartak Moscow at home did also see defeat losing 3-2 and the two teams supposed to be favorites are currently 3rd and 4th.

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Europe is a bit tricky at times and with Kelechi Iheanacho missing the game not being able to enter an EU country shows how messy this all can be, with him in the team today the result could have been very different.

The next fixture in the Europa League will be played away in Moscow against Spartak on the 20th of October, let’s hope for a better result, though playing in the Eastern Europe at this time of the year is not the most pleasant and again it could be difficult.

  • Positives
    • James Maddison trying to do his most when coming on
    • Schmeichel making some vital saves
  • Negatives:
    • Not able to controll the game and letting in an early goal
    • Not being able to use the possession the way it should
    • Loads of chances missed
    • Players getting a chance showing Brendan Rodgers why they are not regular starters
    • Kelechi missing the game due to some type of paperwork, should not be possible for a football club using millions and millions on players

Player Ratings: Schmeichel 6, Castagne 6, Vestergaard 4, Soyuncu 5, Amartey 4, Soumare 5, Tielemans 6, Perez 5, Daka 4, Dewsbury-Hall 4, Thomas 5, Subs: Lookman, Maddison, Vardy, Barnes

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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Kasper Schmeichel

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 35 / 65
  • Corners: 4 / 8
  • Shots on target: 3 / 4
  • Fouls: 14 / 9

Out on loan, Brendan Rodgers to be allerted as player is said to be the best ever for their club in his position

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Preston North End managed a 1-1 draw in their latest encounter against Stoke City. Daniel Iversen, currently on loan from Leicester, had again a briliant day at the office, making saves said to be out of this World as some North End fans described it.

Some say Daniel is a goalkeeper that should surely be first choice at a higher level and fully deserves it. There is no doubt that Leicester do have massive talent around, but with Kasper Schmeichel more or less in his prime as a goalkeeper, and also Danny Ward at the club, we could see another talented player on the move away from the club shortly.

Kamal Sowah did leave Leicester for a fee close to £8million to join Brugge, he had also impressed on loan at OH Leuven but never played a first team game at Leicester before making his move out of the club. Sidney Tavares also left the club this summer after being involved in only two PL games for the club.

The departure of Demarai Gray and Andrej Kramaric in latter years shows that being on the fringe at Leicester or little or not involved at all at first level at Leicester doesn’t mean you are not a good footballer. Rachid Ghezzal was by many fans stamped as useless and no good, but what he has done in Turkey shows the total opposite.

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At the moment Callum Wright do impress at Cheltenham, having played six games and scored three so far, he was impressive in their latest game winning 2-1 away to Charlton at The Valley.

To have players out on loan and giving them experience is a must going forward as we have seen with Harvey Barnes and earlier Ben Chilwell both getting to a better level by playing on loan at a lower stage and getting that vital game time needed to evolve.

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Tyrese Shade is another player out on loan playing up front for a struggling Walsall, and with only one goal in six games, surely not satisfied with his outcome. Walsall are at the moment 22nd in the fourth tier and have only two teams behind them in the total league pyramid.

Thakgalo Leshebela are also out on loan but has not featured much with just 19 minutes of game time so far with Shrewsbury, struggling at the bottom of League One. Hopefully he will get more game time going forward.

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Brendan Rodgers up for his big exam as Leicester transition is in full bloom hopefully we will see progress along the line

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The start to the season has been grim and we did see it coming in the pre-season with games against Wycombe, QPR and Burton Albion not really showing the strength needed in a squad that surely should be capable of winning against any team at this level, without the strongest eleven on the field.

In previous seasons games against lower league opposition has been a bit about keeping it steady and just landing a result that shows that the work and capacity is still there.

TCF believe in players of first team caliber to be close to a starting eleven if they are not in it, at this moment the club do carry a lot of players not really seeing a future at the club, and with that in mind you will need a shipping out strategy that surely at the moment is not in place.

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Sadly Mendy and Choudhury both stayed at the club without the right offer or a late plan never happening made them both left at the gym as that would be the place to keep them instead of watering out a playing strategy to have them both included.

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Jamie Vardy is still at this age the most important player in the team and also in the squad as more and more of the leaders of this group are on the way out and with both Fuchs and Morgan leaving last summer you do need continuity to be able to get this train on the right track.

If you have little or no knowledge about a squad rotation policy, don’t analyse the different elements and attributes you need in a squad to be successful you have no understanding of how a football clubs continuity must be carried out in the best way possible.

Brendan Rodgers took over a team with a great number of elements from the past still in the squad, with those heads still around that knew the keys to a winning formula, but still you need other elements to try to bring this forward.

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To be successful in the Premier League and in Europe, you need certain types of players in the group of 18. Looking at that team that won the FA Cup, you had most of the elements in place, but then to start a new rotation you need to be patient and to make too many changes might disturb the rythm as you try to bring in certain types of players to get forward, it’s difficult, very difficult.

We did have great hopes of a fantastic new season but that Jonny Evans injury problem seems to keep rolling further as one of the best defenders in the PL is so important to this Leicester City team together with Jamie Vardy and Kasper Schmeichel they are not at an ideal age, as your most important players should be a bit younger, but anyway let’s hope we will be able to get things correctly.

Making progress with a team is really working with the same players over a long period of time and trying to make one or maybe two changes to the team season in and season out. TCF was very frustrated with the way the club handled the PL success suddenly believing that what was achieved in May certainly not would happen again next season and just telling everyone how crazy it was.

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When Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa did win the league, they won the European Cup the season after and continued to play with the belief that they were the best and kept their momentum. Leicester have class players but lacks a bit of structure at the moment that would see them not failing in so many games that they have done this season and also did last season against opposition that really are not in the area of level of this Leicester City football team.

We surely believe in Brendan Rodgers and cannot see any manager out there that could do a better job, he knows the players, he knows it is a transition and the current energy around the place is a bit difficult as some players need to still be trusted even if they are in their mid 30’s, and those close to their best age as Soyuncu, Tielemans, Ndidi and Maddison looks as massive transfer objects with other more exciting names of clubs sniffing around. We have not yet seen them taking the responsibility to bring a result in the right direction week in and week out, as they looks to stumble as well, and not take the full leadership.

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We all know that being so depended on older players as Leicester are, not in quality but in that special field that you cannot really see, that leadership and confidence to take action when you really need the edge, that is something very, very difficult to spot and it will always be a key in your success.

With the four mentioned above struggling to take that leading hat and looking at Evans, Schmeichel and Vardy as the players to trust when the going gets tough, you have a struggle on your hand, you will not see players such as Daka, Lookman and Soumare being the leaders out there, we do have a structural problem to solve and it will not be solved with major moves for other players before you have a squad limited to those twenty players as we mentioned before.

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Leicester 2, Burnley 2, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report, FA Premier League fixture

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This was a must win for Leicester and with a number of the new signings in the line-up from start you had high hopes of a good result. Suomare, Bertrand, Vestergaard and Lookman were all part of the starting eleven as they all became part of several action points in the game.

Leicester started well and it looked very convincing, with a type of pressure that surely would lead to goals, this crash landed just after 12 minutes when Jamie Vardy must have scored his first own goal for the club, from a corner.

Before that happening Jannik Vestergaard showed great struggle with Burnley forward Matej Vydra who out run him with the Czech republic international being difficult to handle. Despite those struggles Leicester pushed on and seeing Jamie Vardy scoring a goal in the Burnley net was much more pleasing as the equalizer went in behind Pope.

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But as hope came back another Burnley player making a big impression today new signing Maxwell Cornet showed great quality and his goal in the 40th minute was a beauty and hammered Leicester fans hard as we again experienced sloppy defending and just a few minutes after the equalizer.

Burnley were the leaders at half time and they had one mission going into the 2nd, defending with every toe in the team, as they stepped back and let Leicester get the possession.

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We all could see how Leicester struggled to break down the Burnley defense with most players behind the ball, but still also showing that treath being able to concern Leicester with good counter attacks that exposed a bit of Leicester’s defending problems.

Kasper Schmeichel didn’t really have a great game either failing a few times and also showing sloppy distrubution of the ball at times and instead of doing it simple trying out his skills and missing those crucial passes at that time in the game he could just play the ball as far as possible.

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When Leicester finally managed to break down Burnley with a clever pass from Kelechi Iheanacho to Jamie Vardy who again became the vital man for Leicester, scoring nicely on the floor and 2-2 happened in the 85th minute.

Of course tempting to go for another towards the end, but instead Burnley was only stopped by VAR to not being handed all three points with a Chris Wood goal disallowed for offside.

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Burnley only picked up their 2nd point of the season and with the pressure Leicester had it should really have been a comfortable win instead of a massive struggle for goals and a stressed team not really in any form of balance.

Ademola Lookman again showed strength but he should sit down and have a chat with Jamie Vardy as he do have a problem in his game not really being able to finish his good attempts with a result as he has struggled with that at Everton, Fulham and RB Leipzig, not really seen as the main man when the game is in a vital situation and a completion must be happening, this can be the be or not to be for Lookman in his career and going forward with Leicester.

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The team do have qualities, but at the moment a number of vital questions to be asked as there are doubts about a number of issues from injuries to contracts being signed.

To pick up a point today was two less than expected.

  • Positives
    • Coming back twice after being a goal down
    • Lookman fresh and working on
    • Jamie Vardy scoring two, still very vital
    • Kelechi getting a nice assist on the second goal
  • Negatives:
    • Letting in an early goal after have much possession
    • Vestergaard pace struggles
    • Schmeichel distribution of the ball at vital times in the game
    • Almost losing all points just seconds before the game end
    • Ndidi not really at his best, showing lack of passing skills
    • Not able to create enough clear chances with so much possession

Player Ratings: Schmeichel 4, Pereira 6, Vestergaard 4, Soyuncu 5, Bertrand 5, Soumare 6, Ndidi 5, Tielemans 6, Barnes 6, Vardy 8, Lookman 7 Subs: Castagne 6, Iheanacho, Maddison

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  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Jamie Vardy

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 67 / 33
  • Corners: 8 / 4
  • Shots on target: 5 / 3
  • Fouls: 10 / 8

Leicester are in a bit of limbo at the moment and messing up could see major concern, look at Pep and Man City for correct answers

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Brendan Rodgers does like to have a group of not more than 20 players to chose from but at the moment he is in a risk of destroying talent and send players out to dry with concerns regarding Patson Daka, Kelechi Iheanacho and Jannik Vestergaard probably just being players on the fringe, that cannot last much longer.

Either you start a massive rotation system or you start to ship out players that you cannot find a place to, signing players for the future will never work as they are all getting to their best level by playing week in and week out, sitting out games will never be good and it will just stop your progress.

To see a number of players shipped out over the summer was no surprise as their game time in the first team at Leicester would have been very limited. Dennis Praet, Kamal Sowah and Rachid Ghezzal all departed and have found new clubs in Torino, Brugge and Besiktas.

We also did see Wes Morgan and Christian Fuchs moving, but to see new faces not really signed to go straight into the first team could be money thrown out of the window as Brendan Rodgers needs to use a different formula going forward, trying to sort out how he will progress.

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You need to have players available who are capable of playing two games a week during the season and not really being much bothered about them getting tired. If you look at Man City and Chelsea especially they do manage to keep this flouting without having a grand group of players to rotate.

You will see the key players in there two games a week as they are getting the rest needed to be fresh midweek and weekends during a season, that must also be what Brendan Rodgers will be looking at and not rest players in games and believe that he can water out and still get results.

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A big problem for Brendan Rodgers is the situation regarding Jonny Evans, probably his most important player at the moment struggling heavy with injuries and his age is working against him, so BR need to decide on what he will do, you cannot sit around and wait anymore as Jannik Vestergaard also will be seeking answers and of course at this moment nice to have alternatives, but long term, players will need to play and get the game time they deserve, a decission must be made about Evans very soon.

In the midfield area Sammy Braybrooke is looking as a player that could be introduced to first team action this season. Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall cannot just be played in the EFL Cup, with Hamza Choudhury and Papy Mendy probably looking for an early exit in January.

The loan signing of Ademola Lookman looks exciting but what will then happen to Marc Albrighton and Ayoze Perez. Both players will be under great treath from Lookman and could be seeing the bench more often, and again time will be against especially Marc Albrighton.

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Brendan Rodgers needs to consider the following, first of all, what is my strongest 11, what is the best system suited and who are my 18 best players. When that is done, you should also be able to keep a carrot for those in the academy set up so they know working hard can see them as first team alternatives and also get a feeling of being involved and close to an oppertunity. If you ignore that key in your work as manager you will never get your hands on the best recruits and they will go to other clubs.

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We certainly would like to see BR reducing the squad of first team alternatives down to 18 players, send the rest out on loan or going for complete sales as academy graduates must be seen as possible alternatives if injury strikes. To believe that you need three players to cover each position in a first team will not be the ideal plan going forward.

TCF belive the following should be the squad,

Goalkeepers: Schmeichel, Ward
Defenders: Castagne, Justin, Fofana, Pereira, Souyuncu, Thomas
Midfield: Tielemans, Ndidi, Soumare, Braybrooke,
Forwards: Daka, Iheanacho, Perez, Vardy, Barnes, Lookman

TCF believe that picking a starting eleven from these 18 players will be the only correct thing to do and as we have seen at Man City they do put younger players on the field and use their academy graduates frequently for cover if a first team player is out of play.

Sadly, at this moment, Leicester do have too many players either equal in quality or just being left as fringe alternatives, this will not be working well over time as a rotation of them will just see a weaker eleven week in and week out.

Of course harsh to make such drastic cuts in a player squad. But if you as a manager cannot secure first team action for most of your players and know that you cannot rotate too much to get results, you are stuck and will get into a very difficult dilemma going forward, then you need to gamble to get as high as possible in the table and have 18 players you believe in and if crises occur then giving one or two youngsters a chance on the bench, that would not be a problem.

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Players such as Vestergaard, Amartey, Benkovic, Dewsbury-Hall, Choudhury, Mendy, Albrighton, Jakupovic, Bertrand, Evans and Maddison will not accept to be sitting out most games over more than a season and you cannot hold them back as they will seek other options and to try to sign covers for fringe players is a bit of a bingo, so this is the way forward, building a stronger and more smaller squad unit.

Schmeichel and Ward are goalkeeper alternatives, if one of them gets injured surely U.23 alternatives Young or Stolarczyk will be more than capable of sitting on the bench. In the back four with Fofana and Justin still out, Castagne can cover in the center and play alongside Soyuncu. Pereira and Thomas will be the the full back alternatives. Soumare, Tielemans and Ndidi will be a great midfield, Braybrooke and Perez can go in and do a job if needed. Up front you need a bit of alternatives and with this set up Daka and Iheanacho both wold be more considered to play as you can alternate a bit with other players.

At the moment BR will just see his team getting weaker and weaker watering out the game time available for each player in this massive squad.

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Match Preview, Leicester v. Burnley, likely line-up’s, best bet, head to head, legends from the past, players in both camps + +

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Burnley will visit Leicester tomorrow as the two teams comes up against each other in the sixth round of the Premier League season, games will come thick and fast for Leicester with EFL Cup and Europa Leauge also on the schedule

Date: 25.09.21, Venue: King Power, Match: Premier League

Burnley did see their manager commit himself to a new long deal and that might be the most encouraging news coming from Turf Moor lately as the team on the field are not in the best of shapes with only one point to show so far this season.

This is of course a huge banana skin for Leicester and with three defeat and two wins to show so far this is a must win game for Brendan Rodgers who cannot afford any form of points loss in this game. Everything else that a win would be a massive blow.

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Likely Line-Up, (4-3-3), Schmeichel – Pereira, Castagne, Soyuncu, Vestergaard – Ndidi, Tielemans, Soumare – Lookman, Vardy, Barnes, Subs: Ward, Iheanacho, Albrighton, Amartey, Daka, Maddison, Dewsbury-Hall

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Looking back at previous meetings there of course a lot to pick, but a very memorable moment comes from a game back on the 17th of November 1973, a game that was live on telly in Scandinavia with a certain Mike Stringfellow one of the goalscorers, the other one was Len Glover.

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Both clubs have over a period of time been a bit up and down between the tiers of the league with Burnley spending a number of years at level three and four, before getting back into the two above tiers in the last two decades and finally getting back to Premier League action in 2009/10 with that happening as a massive surprise, the relegation did happen after that first season back.

A bit of a restrutcture, Sean Dyche coming in, and finally getting back up in 2014/15 and with patience and not pannicking when again the team was relegated. Dyche managed to get the team back to the top flight and from 2016 been in the best party.

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Leicester picked up four points from the the previous two meetings last season, winning at home and then see a draw away at Turf Moor. The last time Burnley did win this clash at Leicester you have to go back to 2007 when the two teams met in tier two and a goal from Andy Gray seperated the two teams.

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Leicester do have the upper hand at home and as we did say before, we believe in a win, but of course playing Burnley at this point in the season would probably see them laying low and defending looking for that single chance and as we know previous LCFC man Chris Wood could score from one chance.

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