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  1. 120 points
    Player literally asking the fans to stop being bellends
  2. 59 points
    Continued from my post in the Man Utd match thread; Enough of this “I paid my monies, I’ll boo if I want”. You pay for entertainment. You boo players, diminishing chances of a confident performance. You don’t get entertainment. A paying customer moaning about a bad situation when they’re contributing to the bad situation is truly the definition of your standard Lestah thicket. Real dullards. Discuss.
  3. 58 points
    There is nothing wrong at Leicester City. We had the incredible success of the Premier League & CL QF & are now building something special off the pitch, around the pitch and on the pitch with a core of young players (principally English), and if we are not asset stripped - will be challenging the top 6 within a couple of years. However: In the media - there is jealousy over our achievements and our players (and a concern that we may upset their nice little cartel of Big 6 clubs) and how nice it would be if the young England players (Chilwell, Maddison, Gray) weren't at the likes of us In our own fanbase - there is a lack of patience and frustration at the ability to find a style of play that works at home There are some players who may be frustrated at lack of opportunities: but that is not the sign of anything wrong: just the sign of a competitive squad! We are in the best place we have ever been as a club and the only thing that is wrong is all from outside the club.
  4. 54 points
    Here is the full move for our goal we scored today at Wembley stadium against Spurs with the youngest team in the league: What a glorious, glorious team goal! I literally cannot remember us ever scoring a team goal like this... ever! Evans, Kasper, Maguire, Chilwell, Barnes, Maddison, Ndidi, Ricardo, Tielemans, Ihenacho, Vardy all involved. Literally the entire team had at least one touch in the move!!! - Yes there were several times during the move it could have broken down, but it didn't. - Yes we still lost the game. - Yes this is the only goal we've scored like this all season. Is it a one-off, or the norm? - Yes, but can we score a goal like this against teams that sit back with 10 men for much of the match? It remains to be seen. I don't want this thread to be about the manager, as there are too many of those already. But I made this thread to say this; if this is the identity of our team from now on, then sign me up! In 15/16 we have a brilliant style that was not only effective, but exciting too. Some of the breakaway goals we scored were simply stunning, e.g. Vardy against West Brom away (that interchange with Drinkwater!) or Mahrez away at Man City (those tackles from Kante, that hop over Otamendi by Mahrez!). But the following season our counter attack broke down and we've been struggling to find a style of play that works ever since. We've all been to or watched too many games over the last 12 months where we've been duller than watching paint dry. Passing the ball sideways and backwards and doing nothing with it. But today despite the result being a loss, it felt like a turning point with a new set of players at the nucleus of it. There were several other moves that although not quite as good as this one, were very good nonetheless! So come on Leicester! Let's see us turn on the Sexy Football every week! Let's play like this against Palace at home! Let's do it for Vichai!
  5. 46 points
    LCFC "Hello Mr fancy foreign footballer, this is our state of the art training complex which includes bedrooms for players and a 9 hole golf course" Player "It's lovely, but I've got an offer from Newcastle, so I'm going to speak to them first" NUFC "Alrreeeet Pet, the shitters are on the right. Bring ya own bog role though. What ya reckon, up for signing with us pet?" Player "Yo no hablo ingles"
  6. 43 points
  7. 42 points
    Pearson has managed to almost relegate a title favourite in the Belgian second division. Puel is doing OK with a very young squad and playing half-decent football in the PL. And some of you want to swap them? Get a fvcking grip.
  8. 39 points
    I know he's usually a good source for information about the club but Percy's agenda against Puel is so clear it seems forced. Lots of comments that aren't backed up by any quotes or evidence.
  9. 38 points
    Ghezzal was a constant threat as well when he came on
  10. 35 points
    Gif form, as I'm sure you'll all agree is needed for this incredible moment.
  11. 33 points
    From the Mercury: Ben Chilwell has pleaded with the Leicester City fans to stick with Claude Puel’s youngsters as they continue to develop. The left-back is a shining example of the transition taking place at City as manager Claude Puel transform them from the side that won the title in 2016 to a younger squad he hopes will challenge for honours again in the future. Chilwell has gone from the under-23s to establishing himself as City’s first-choice left-back under the Frenchman, and has now become a full England international in the last 18 months, and he isn’t the only one to emerge. James Maddison and Demarai Gray have also been included in England squads by Gareth Southgate, while Hamza Choudhury and Harvey Barnes have graduated from the academy to become first-team starters this season. Chilwell said he can understand the frustrations of the City fans, especially at the King Power Stadium, but he said the youngsters are learning and making progress. “If you look at the team now from the team which won the league it’s pretty much a different 11 and it’s a very young squad,” he said. “The fans expect results which is understandable but it’s a young team which is learning “We’re not scrapping in a relegation battle. We’re doing okay, playing good football and getting results against the bigger teams. “We just need to carry that on against sides in and around us in the league. “Of course, the manager, us, everyone at the training ground are all trying our best. “It would be nice if they were patient with us but you can understand they expect results with the quality we have got. “The gaffer has put a lot of faith in the youngsters and in terms of learning and improving we have done that well. “We are not going to have brilliant performances where we win every week but the quality in the team, if we can build on that in the next few years, it can only go up. “It’s a learning curve for us and we are learning and definitely improving. That’s the main thing you have to take from the past few weeks. We can throw ourselves about against the top teams. “We are improving to be fair, the last two games we have shown how good we are as a team – defensively in the Liverpool game and then attacking on Sunday as we created a lot. “There’s a lot of positives to take. Going 1-0 down is the main thing we have to work on as it’s happened a lot this season. “We are working on it and feel like after we go 1-0 down we do always react quite well.” The source of much of the discontent amongst a section of the supporters is the fact City have picked up just four wins on home soil this season, and Chilwell said it something the players are fully aware of and are trying to rectify. “In hindsight you always look back and think if we’d got points in these games where we’d be in the league, then you could say the same for the games we have won which we maybe shouldn’t have,” he added. “You can always look back but it is frustrating." https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/ben-chilwells-message-leicester-city-2505001
  12. 33 points
    You know it's bad when a kid has to come out and ask the fans to stop being cvnts.
  13. 31 points
    What a bloody signing he has been. I remember when Nige signed him and I thought he was an accident waiting to happen. *Championship PFA team of the year 12/13 13/14. *Leicester player of the season 12/13 *Players player of the season 12/13 *Championship winning captain 13/14 *Premier league winning captain 15/16 *Premier league PFA team of the year 15/16 *Football league team of the decade 05/15 All for a measly £1million pounds. GOAT sir Wes
  14. 30 points
    Yes there is, which is why everyone should be patient, I think our approach is the right one. If we cannot attract/afford the stars of today, let's invest in the budding stars of tomorrow (which we are doing) and then do our best to retain them. We can do this by providing world class facilities, investing heavily in the academy, building a great team environment and CONSISTENCY IN APPROACH (which means retaining management season over season). Before winning more trophies, if we can be an attractive, stable environment who treats players well, that will serve us well. That's why it's a good thing we moved Iborra despite not necessarily wanting to and it's also why treating players who've been sunsetted with dignity may mean some short term pain (hint, handling the old guard delicately as they're cast aside). Ultimately the sport involves people and you can be decent to them. I think the thinking that when the vultures swoop that means the team gets picked apart is an old way of thinking and not reflected by our recent history - we've done incredibly well to retain top players all things considered, and all the early contract extensions reflect our commitment to the build. The league is no longer one where only the top 6 (which use to be a top 5, top 4 etc) can pay top wages and Leicester has proven that you can become a full international playing here. Yes, these guys want Champions League but to act like its a sole overarching motivator is a bit facile. Besides, there's dozens of cautionary tales about what happens when you abandon the one in hand for two in the bush. How many players off the top of your head get brought into a 'big club' as the next best thing, only to see management shift and they fall out of favor as a bust - innumerable examples. That's not to say you won't get players who believe they are up to snuff but so long as they go for a fair price, that's okay. All about a handful of clubs in the world experience this - it's the cost of doing business and if you're doing everything else right, you can absorb a loss here and there. Finally, the notion that the top teams will always be top teams doesn't hold water - the Premier League era is less than 30 years old and nothing about it is set in stone. Man City and Chelsea were not always so well regarded, and somewhere below you can find Villa and Forest fans talking about what once was. How do you take on the perennial favorites? You have to be calculated, you have to have a long view. Ultimately, the barrier to entry to the top is a club's ambition, which we have in spades and time, which some here don't want to give. Personally I love almost everything the ownership has done since the title (The Shakespeare era and vast signings of 29 year olds a notable exception), including hiring Puel (sacrilege I know). This isn't a moneymaking scheme for the Thais, nor a vanity hobby - they're sportsman who want to succeed - truly the best possible type of ownership.
  15. 30 points
    He’s the manager who has beaten Chelsea and Manchester City and pinched a point at Liverpool this season but Claude Puel still divides opinion. The Leicester City coach has come under increasing pressure from fans and his own players for his style of play. So what are Puel’s Leicester all about? For this week’s Game Dissected we take a look at their strengths and weaknesses. Two numbers: one weakness, one strength Two hundred and twenty. That is how many chances Puel’s Leicester have created in the Premier League this season, which puts them 13th among Premier League teams, with fewer chances than Fulham (252), Crystal Palace (232) and Southampton (231), who are all farther down the actual table. Thirty one. That is how many goals Leicester have conceded in the league. Only Liverpool (14), Manchester City (20), Chelsea (23) and Tottenham (24) have conceded fewer. Here, in a very crude and simplistic way, lies the crux of the Puel dilemma. His sides can be tough to beat but they tend to be a bit laboured in possession and a bit predictable in their build-up play, struggling to score. They have scored three goals or more only three times this season. They beat League One Fleetwood 4-0 in the EFL Cup, beat Huddersfield 3-1 in the league and scored three against Wolves but lost 4-3. They may be low down the rankings when it comes to chances created but the graphic below tells a story about how they like to attack. With players providing good set-piece delivery, like James Maddison and Ben Chilwell, it is unsurprising to see Puel’s side having created the second most chances from corners and free-kicks. With tall players such as Harry Maguire, Jonny Evans, Wes Morgan and Wilfred Ndidi in their team it is a sensible approach. The other statistic is also telling in terms of Puel’s style. Along with Bournemouth, Leicester have scored the most goals from fast breaks. Indeed counterattacking suits Leicester under Puel and it served them well in their wins over City and Chelsea. The graphic below shows the average positions of Leicester’s starting XI in those two surprise victories. In both games Leicester had only two players positioned predominantly in the opposition half. In both games they scored goals with fast breaks after winning the ball back: one by Marc Albrighton to equalise against City and the other Jamie Vardy’s winner against Chelsea. Ricardo Pereira’s winner against City came from a corner. When given the chance to counterattack Leicester play some impressive football, with fast-paced passing, clever movement and their forward players often finding space. The only problem is that they need the space to cause problems. When the opposition sit off Leicester a bit more and allow them to have the ball, they struggle. This was shown in Sunday’s defeat against Manchester United. The average position maps for both teams are shown below. As we can see Leicester had six players in the United half and centre backs Maguire (15) and Evans (6) are not as deep in their own half. By contrast it is United with more players in their own half. Possession also fits into this understanding too. Puel’s side surrendered possession in the wins against Chelsea (27.9 per cent) and City (33.9 per cent) but they had 44.8 per cent of the ball against United. Too slow, too cautious So how does this style play out on the pitch? The image below is from the early stages of Leicester’s defeat against United. United’s Paul Pogba has got down the left wing but is faced with a Leicester side in good defensive positions. They have seven players back in their own box with defensive midfielders Nampalys Mendy and Wilfred Ndidi in front of the defence. Pogba attempts a pass to the edge of the area where Jesse Lingard (and Ander Herrera next to him) are lurking. Mendy easily pinches the ball back (he has made 49 interceptions this season, the seventh most of any player in the league) and releases James Maddison. A potential counterattack is thwarted by a clumsy foul by Lingard. This is what Leicester wanted against United: to sit deep, frustrate and pounce while United players are out of position. The only trouble was that, having conceded an early goal after a poor pass by Pereira, United could play Leicester at their own game. Playing Mendy and Ndidi as a two-man midfield is perfect for Leicester’s Plan A. They were less effective when United sat off. The image below shows Mendy on the ball just over the halfway line and with every United player back behind the ball. As we can see, both the left back Chilwell and the right back Pereira are pushed high on the wings. Chilwell and Demerai Gray are both standing in space with arms raised calling for the ball, a pass which is very much on and would release two Leicester players in threatening positions. Vardy is also calling for the ball, a more difficult pass which would have to split Pogba and Nemanja Matic. As the image below shows Mendy plays safe and passes sideways to Pereira. The right back gives the ball back to his midfield team-mate who passes sideways to Ndidi who collects the ball in the position shown in the image below. Again there is a potential pass to Leicester’s left and, with United still shifting across the pitch, a quick ball to Chilwell could give the left back chance to create with Gray and Maddison. But, like Mendy, Ndidi slows the play and is too cautious, delaying his pass to Chilwell. By the time the left back gets the ball United have moved across the pitch and Chilwell’s cross is blocked. Maddison is one of Leicester’s most creative players. He has created 57 chances in the league this season; not only is that by far the most of anyone in his side but it’s also the fourth highest for any player in the Premier League (it was no surprise to hear boos from the home side when Puel took him off halfway through the second half). But against teams defending as United did, the space for Maddison to shine is limited which is why Leicester’s full backs are important to their play. Chilwell is Leicester’s second-most creative player with 25 chances created while Pereira has created 20, fourth behind Marc Albrighton (21). But if midfielders like Ndidi and Mendy — whom United seemed happy to sit off and have the ball — aren’t braver on the ball and willing to play quicker, more incisive passes then Chilwell and Pereira will struggle to get on the ball in threatening positions and in space. Perhaps a reflection of how Ndidi and Mendy are told to play safe is shown in two examples below. The image below shows Ndidi — with Chilwell and Pereira both out wide — playing an easier pass to Maguire. Perhaps frustrated by his team’s struggles to break down United, the centre back carries the ball more than 50 yards, as the image below shows, eventually winning a throw-in off Ashley Young. The image below again shows Maguire setting an example to his team-mates. With United pressed back on the edge of their area the ball falls to Maguire who, unlike his midfield team-mates who are nearby, does not delay his pass, fizzing a first-time ball between United’s midfielders and wide to Chilwell who wins a corner. Maguire stepping out with the ball not only highlights what a promising modern centre back he is but also shines a light on the cautious approach of Leicester’s midfield. If it takes a 50-yard run from a centre back to drag the opposition out of position it suggests that their play is a little too predictable. It was not until the second half that Leicester upped the tempo but still couldn’t create many clear-cut chances. The example, below, arguably their best chance, came from a late counterattack. With United on the ball near the Leicester corner flag Ndidi intercepted a poor pass from the United right back Young and released Harvey Barnes. The young winger beats two United men before returning a pass to Ndidi, below. The midfielder does well with the ball on this occasion, flicking it on to Shinji Okazaki who, as the image below shows, fizzes a first-time pass into the space vacated by Young. This was Leicester at their best: tenacious in winning the ball back and taking advantage of the space left by their opponents. Barnes shows great pace to collect Okazaki’s pass and gets into the box as the image below shows. With the United centre back Eric Bailly drawn out to close down Barnes and Ander Herrera not quick enough to get back, Vardy is able to find space in the box and should do better after Barnes plays the ball straight to him. The United match was a frustrating watch for Leicester fans (I’m not just guessing at that either, I was sat with three of them when watching it) and it summed up the issues with Puel’s style. It can bring impressive results against big teams but is a little limited. It’s important to say that in singling out Ndidi and Mendy I do not think that they are bad players. Both are excellent defensive midfielders but can seem lacking when tasked with breaking down defensive opponents. Perhaps the addition of Youri Tielemans, recently signed on loan from Monaco, will help add that missing midfield link and help the likes of Maddison, Barnes and Vardy shine. But will Puel be brave enough to sacrifice defensive solidity for added midfield creativity? He may have to if he is going make the Leicester fans happy.
  16. 30 points
    Always support the team Full Stop
  17. 29 points
    From the Mercury: Claude Puel believes his young Leicester City side have completed the first step in their transformation under his management, and is urging them to move to step two and become more clinical. The Frenchman has been pleased with the performance of his new-look City side in recent games, against Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, and believes they are now starting to play how he wants them to. With Youri Tielemans coming into a midfield three alongside the holding midfielder Wilfred Ndidi and James Maddison, who was given more attacking licence, and Harvey Barnes impressing on the left of the attack, Puel believes there have been encouraging signs, despite the fact his side have picked up just one point in their last five games. However, he said the next step was to develop a more clinical edge in the final third and start taking the chances they have been creating, and start picking up the points he believes their efforts deserve. “The first step is to have the opportunity to hurt the opponent and to play good football and create chances,” Puel said after the 3-1 defeat to Spurs at Wembley. “We have taken the first step. Now we have to find the second step with a clinical edge, the composure and calm in the final third of the pitch. “Sometimes we need more conviction but we have a close feeling I think because we wasted some good performances recently against Liverpool. I was not completely happy because we had the best chances I think to win this game. “Of course the difference against the big teams is they don’t have a lot of chances against us but they score. Today we conceded three goals. “We have had plenty of chances ourselves today without the good precision. It will be our next step.” Puel was particularly pleased with the performance of Tielemans on debut and believes the combination of the Belgium international and Maddison will give City extra attacking potency. “I was happy with his first game,” he added. “His composure on the ball and his good quality passes, and he can bring his quality to the team. “It was another system, 4-3-3, with Maddison working in midfield, away from home it was interesting. “There was good solidity but also good possibility to play to have good situations, good moves and a good start with the ball. “I hope now there will be a little more clinical to finish in the final third. I think Maddie and Tielemans, Gray, Barnes and Ghezzal can have this good clinical edge with a little more freedom in our play, composure and calm to finish and compete a little more. “About our level against a big team it was very interesting but without the good result. Now we need a result of course to give benefit and reward for our hard work on the pitch.” A big improvement for City was the fact they didn’t concede in the first 15 minutes of the game. They had fallen behind in the first 15 of the previous five games, but Puel was still left frustrated. “For the first time in a long time we did not concede a goal in the first 15 minutes. That was a positive,” he added. From the kick-off we showed a lot of quality and it was very interesting. “I have had some frustrations in the first half because with a little more conviction and precision we should have led this game. “It is a big shame for my players and fans because it was hard work today, a good performance without the good reward” https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/claude-puel-reveals-plan-leicester-2532476 ------------------------------- Many of us commented on how much further forward Tielemans was getting compared to Mendy / Ndidi and it's because the system was to have just one sitting midfielder instead of two. I thought it worked brilliantly and offensively we have not looked better in years. As a result I am going to take this opportunity to spam some of my gifs to show off the 433 in action! Key thing to look out for is the positioning of Youri Tielemans and James Maddison in relation to one another. Hopefully it's the start of something beautiful! What do you think? Are you a fan of having just one holding midfielder? (I feel like this is asking if you would say yes to Rachel Riley asking you out on a date!).
  18. 29 points
    Whoever is responsible for us not signing a Striker in the window needs sacking ASAP. Bringing on Okazaki and Iheanacho when you need a goal is like eating sand when you're about to die from dehydration. Iheanacho did more defensive work for United than he did for us attacking. Fvcking useless
  19. 29 points
    Oh how that 50k or 100k prize money for a league cup final would have made a difference.
  20. 28 points
    Infinitely better defensively with Evans in the team. Makes everyone else better.
  21. 27 points
    The amount of fans writing Maddison off after half a season is ridiculous. I wonder how many of these fans were part of the group who referred to Chilwell as being shit last year. Barnes and Choudhury will be the next on the list. Maybe its because we have not really had too many young players come through or had such a young squad before but youngsters need time to develop. James Maddison has a lot of technical ability. He needs to be nurtured. Some of our fans don’t know how to deal with an undeveloped player.
  22. 27 points
    The guy has no regard for the fan base and the fact that they may want to be entertained when they go to watch the football and to at least be able to beat bottom half sides at home (particularly when they go down to 10-men). Fair enough to him for showing some lesser seen personality but I’d respect it a lot more if he didn’t come across as so bitter about the fact that supporters are asking valid questions. These kind of reactions tell me that he can’t see the problems and is happy to blame everyone except himself. Hooefully he’s raising his profile in France in the expectation he’ll be needing a job there soon. The guy’s ripped apart the togetherness that saw this club achieve it’s greatest triumph. Get him out.
  23. 26 points
    The fanbase is ridiculous. We have a transitional mid table premier league side with promising academy players playing in the first team and you can hear tens of thousands of grown men's hearts breaking when we're told we'll have the same manager until the summer.
  24. 25 points
    Our only world cup winner - should be a statue outside the king power of him. RIP Legend.
  25. 25 points
    He's correct but I don't think a large segment of our clubs fans have the self awareness to acknowledge it.
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