Man City 3, Leicester 1, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report, Premier League fixture

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Had little belief or any hope of getting something from this game, but after the game finished 3-1 and Leicester winners of 2nd half, this is really a good feeling to build on, despite not scoring on two massive chances in the latter stages of the game.

Dean Smith had as we predicted vs. Man City a plan to stay in the game as long as possible, but a lucky strike from John Stones and a very unlucky Wilfred Ndidi hand balling, made it difficult in the early parts of the game, seeing Man City 2-0 up after just 13 minutes.

Leicester struggled to get a momentum in the game and again players did mistakes that you cannot do on this level, as we did see Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall missing passes and leaving big holes behind him and gaps used by clever players at Man City.

The 3rd Man City goal was scored 25 minutes after a massive fault from KDH playing the ball into the field as his mistake and sloppiness again showed that you are not getting any 2nd chance at this level, but it looks as if he has not learned his lesson at this point, and as we did see Erling Haaland scoring a fantastic goal as he scores every 70th minute.

A nice gesture from Pep Guardiola, taking off Erling Haaland after first half and reducing the power up front with a massive percentage, and when also Kevin De Bryune was taken off after 62 minutes, Leicester suddenly managed to get some type of momentum, also of course depending on changes done by Dean Smith.

Leicester managed to come back in the 75th minute and this really made the engine a lot hotter as James Maddison and Kelechi Iheanacho both had massive chances to score and soon we could have had 3-3, but no luck today, but again great to see that fighting mentality back in the team.

Caglar Soyuncu also had a good influence as his no nonsence style made it a bit safer and the trio in the back was a positive sign as well, though being in difficulties early on.

Nice to have been able to get a lot of positives from this 2nd half end, as Leicester now can consentrate on a their battles for points taking on Wolves, Leeds and Everton in their next games, massive games for Dean Smith, John Terry and Craig Shakespeare as the job to get Leicester to survive goes on and hopefully we will see more positives going forward.

  • Positives
    • Winning 2nd half 1-0
    • Cags is needed, good to see him back in the team
    • Mendy must play in every game out the season, the team becomes more fluid
    • Daniel Iversen again showing good moves, hopefully no talk of him beeing replaced
    • 3 in the back worked well 2nd half
    • Luke Thomas back in action, he was positive, better in a role higher in the field
    • Souttar a weapon to use more, good header down to Kelechi
    • Maddison and Kelechi getting so close to get a draw
    • Pep being nice and taking off Erling Haaland after first half
    • Good also to see Tielemans back in the team, should be a lift going forward
    • Only one yellow card, Cags getting booked
  • Negatives
    • Stones scoring, too little pressure
    • Victor Kristiansen lacking defensive quality, too slow in this type of fotball game
    • Ndidi far from his best form, unfortunate in the penalty area, being part of the misery at two of the Man City goals
    • KDH also frustrating as his sloppy passing and defensive movement is far from PL standards
    • Letting in three goals so early and in real the game was lost

Player Ratings: Iversen 6, Castagne 6, Kristiansen 4, Soyuncu 6, Faes 6, Ndidi 4, Maddison 5, Dewsbury-Hall 3, Vardy 3, Souttar 6, Tielemans 5 Subs: Daka, Iheanacho, Praet, Mendy, Thomas

  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • Kelechi Iheanacho

Match Stats (H/A)

  • Possession: 71 / 29
  • Corners: 6 / 6
  • Shots on target: 4 / 4
  • Fouls: 8 / 8
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