Leicester 4, Southampton 1, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report, Premier League fixture

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A good end to the season and of course three points in this last game vs. Southampton could give Leicester an 8th position and with the team selection we could see that Brendan Rodgers was all on for that.

To have Jonny Evans and Wesley Fofana back in full action and being available and fully fresh makes everything look so much easier.

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Leicester 0(6), Southampton 0(5), positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

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The Carabao Cup is a great opportunity for fringe players and Claude Puel gave a number of them a chance against Southampton. Ward, Silva, Diabate, Soyuncu, Simpson and Fuchs were all included and played in a well organized team with ordinary first teamers, Ndidi, Evans, Vardy, Iheanacho and Gray.

Puel had named a strong bench as well with young flank midfielder Thakgalo Khanya Leshabela. The 19 year old South African has impressed in the U.23 set up this season and was rewarded with a place in this match squad.

Leshabela could have followed Hamza Choudhury as the second development player to be handed his debut by Claude Puel, but was not lucky this time, seeing more experienced players such as Albrighton, Mendy and Okazaki preferred in the game.

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Southampton fielded a strong side in a game that was a bit dull without any goals scored in ordinary time. Defensively a credit to both teams who had strong players and they outplayed the opponents attackers who never had a chance of scoring.

The VAR system avoided two possible penalty errors by the referee, and it’s great to see that such a system is introduced, soon this should be part of the Premier League as well, and this will most certainly happen. Both Leicester and Southampton had one penalty disallowed, and the closest to a goal was in real Southampton hitting the bar on one occasion.

The game never really came to a point were anyone had a great advantage and to see a penalty shoot out, with Darren Ward in goal, probably thrilled fans, and also this time they were able to celebrate.

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Both teams scored on all their first five penalties, but when the sixth penalty was to be taken Southampton, Gabbiadini missed his chance with a nice save from Ward, and in the end Nampalys Mendy became the hero scoring nicely with his shot.

Leicester are through to the quarter finals and will face Manchester City at home. A difficult draw and with this type of performance against Pep’s men, we will have no chance to reach the Semi’s.

This Leicester City team never managed to put any real pressure on Saints, at home, but again a win is a win, and to see six good penalties and all of them scored is something to celebrate.

  • Positives:
    • Great goalkeeping from Darren Ward
    • Keeping a clean sheet
    • Scoring six in a penalty shoot out
    • Getting through to the quarter finals
    • Soyuncu with a good performance, looks solid
    • A good mix of fringe and firs team regulars
  • Negatives:
    • Not able to put much pressure on Southampton
    • Not able to score in open play
  • Player Ratings: Ward 8. Simpson 6, Fuchs 7, Evans 6, Soyuncu 7, Silva 4, Gray 6, Iheanacho 5, Diabate 4, Vardy 6, Ndidi 6, Subs: Albrighton, Okazaki, Mendy

Match Stats: H/A

  • Possession: 51 / 49
  • Corners: 6 / 6
  • Shots on target: 3 / 1
  • Shots wide: 4 / 4
  • Fouls: 12 / 14
  • Offsides: 2 / 0

 

Leicester 4, Fleetwood 0, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report

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Leicester were up against Fleetwood at home in the 2nd round of the Carabao Cup, and of course favorites, but we all knew that Claude Puel would do changes to his starting line up.

Nice to see Christian Fuchs in the team, a good player and a great person, and to see him scoring after only 8 minutes and starting brilliantly in his first game of the season. Wes Morgan was partnered by Jonny Evans in the central defence, with Daniel Amartey playing at right back.

Maguire and Pereira were both rested, so was Ndidi and Mendy, with Iborra and Silva playing in the central midfield positions. Ghezzal was given his first start and out on the other flank it was again a place for Marc Albrighton, and with Okazaki partnering Iheanacho up front.

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Ward was given a chance to play, with Jakupovic filling the cover role when Kasper Schmeichel was having a rest. Before the first half was over, Leicester had scored another goal this time from Vicente Iborra.

Fleetwood never became a treath and just after the start of second half it was again time for a goal, with Kelechi Iheanacho converting. Iheanacho was taken off just minutes after giving Demarai Gray a few minutes.

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Leicester controlled everything and the new man from Monaco, Rachid Ghezzal scored with a nice shot, reminding people of Riyad Mahrez, both players are Algeria internationals and maybe Ghezzal can get close to Mahrez in performance, then City fans will be satisfied.

Diabate replaced Ghezzal after 77 minutes and Filip Benkovic was also given his first team debut by Claude Puel, coming in for Wes Morgan after 62 minutes. According to reports from the ground, this was a very solid performance and they player given the chance really grabbed it.

Mendy, Knight, Maddison and Jakupovic were the unused subs. Puel who reached the final of this cup in the 2016-17 season is eager to get good results and his way of fielding the team against Fleetwood shows his ambition.

  • Positvies:
    • Winning at home convincingly, well balanced line-up
    • Amartey getting a real chance to show his worth, Puel must be a great believer
    • Wes Morgan leads with example, important move to keep him in the team
    • Albrighton again showed his worth, great pass to Iheanacho on his goal
    • Fuchs, what a goal, and also assisting on Iborra’s goal
    • Ghezzal with a great goal, nice performance in his starting debut
    • Iheanacho as a single forward gets on the score sheet
  • Negatives:
    • Iborra getting a yellow card
    • King and Simpson not even named on the bench

Player Ratings: Ward 6. Amartey 6, Fuchs 7, Morgan 6, Evans 6, Iborra 7, Silva 7, Albrighton 7, Ghezzal 8, Okazaki 6, Iheanacho 6, Subs: Gray, Benkovic, Diabate

Match Stats: H/A

  • Possession: 72 / 28
  • Corners: 9 / 2
  • Shots on target: 7 / 1
  • Shots wide: 3 / 1
  • Fouls: 7 / 10
  • Offsides: 2 / 2

 

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