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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