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

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