Leicester City have a new top goalscorer in European competition, while there’s still antiquated goalkeeping but young confidence in the team.
Welcome to Foxes of Leicester‘s post-match roundup, analysis, along with our list of things that that you may have missed. There was an awfully negative seeming omen and detriment to the starting team, as Jonny Evans was ruled out after a pre-match injury prior to the must win Europa League contest against Legia Warsaw.
However, the absence of the Northern Ireland International wasn’t as sorely felt as it will inevitably be in the Premier League. At the final whistle, the Foxes produce a fairly thrilling first half performance to gain a 3-1 lead. Goals from James Maddison, Patson Daka and a revitalised Wilfred Ndidi did the damage; the game was managed superbly second half. Thankfully this victory may now kickstart Leicester’s season.
Why I mentioned Ndidi in that manner is because he is always a colossus, but exhibited some majestic play yesterday: improved passing, technical balance and delicate evading of his opponent. With Youri Tielemans unavailable for a few weeks, this showing from the Nigerian is an absolute necessity.
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Another who caught my eye in the midfield was Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall; a neat, positive and ambitious player who deserves minutes in the English top-flight. Incidentally, Daka’s finish places him as the all-time leading European goalscorer for LCFC; that’s quite an achievement as he’s only been on Filbert Way a few months.
I’m sure you’re also expecting me to cite Kasper Schmeichel’s slightly awkward distribution and lack of claiming crosses once again, but I actually have a different point to make, miraculously. Schmeichel impressed me versus Legia by seemingly increasing his confidence while pondering with extra conviction with the ball at his feet.
Although later on in the game, I noticed he reverted to the antiquated: struggling kicking re-emerge as the Dane lost his accuracy and gave the Poles the ball back when fairly simple passes were on.
Maybe next season the club will replace their No.1 with a more advanced footballer or look to Danny Ward for promotion. That possibility is increasingly likely when considering Schmeichel’s age and the fact that he wants Champions League football.
Opposition crowd trouble at Leicester City once more
Upsetting scenes were prevalent in the King Power Stadium during the match as Polish ‘supporters’ clashed with police and stewards. FoL absolutely condemn the hooligan element and call for prison sentences and bans from entering the country afterwards; something must be done to curtail the fresh rise of the idiots.
Trouble appeared to kick off, as it did against Napoli, when the away faithful set off simultaneous flares around 60 minutes into the UEL meeting. The authorities battled many of the rather large Warsaw contingent. Gladly arrests were made, yet that followed injuries to police which is completely unacceptable.