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  1. 17 points
    So the guy takes part in a 'light' Friday training session having just arrived at a new club, hasn't got to know his new colleagues yet and whatever else, yet you find it unusual that his new manager doesn't feel it right to throw him straight into the fray against a rampant Manchester United side. Personally, I'd have found it bizarre and desperate if he'd have played him. I'm sure he would have been considered for the bench. What manager doesn't make mistakes? Yet much of the time we're not privy to the circumstances and thought process behind them. What I could suggest though is when you look at our opponents at the weekend, they had the likes of Lukaku, Martial and Fred on the subs bench. Together with who they fielded, it does make you wonder why Mourhino couldn't get a tune out of them, then suddenly, as if by magic, the new incumbent goes on a massive unbeaten run with them? Stinks doesn't it! Now look at our team and no matter how you shuffle them, you've still got three defensive midfielders and one striker, none of them seemingly having the ability of passing forwards at times. The striker by the way is out of form somewhat. When Puel looks at his bench for inspiration? He simply hasn't got the quality of players to break down teams that sit deep. With the exception of Wolves, we struggle usually to score more than one goal, so a manager is hardly going to play an expansive attacking game from the start knowing thst one goal either way might nick it, particularly when we don't have the players and ammunition to do it. In his first proper transfer window Puel has addressed the right back and number 10 problems and gained two promising young centre halves to try and improve on a collection of players that were a mismatched mess not of his making. Now he's got a particular type of midfielder on loan that we need, if it works out and he fits in, though he's a kid also and we shouldn't expect too much of him too soon either and start booing him if he's not an instant Edin Hazard. If Puel, for all his faults, has had the nous to oversee the players we've bought so far, sent some on loan, played some kids yet decided others aren't quite ready, then I trust him to blood the new boy when he thinks it most beneficial for the team and the player himself whatever his needs when just arrived in a new country and culture.
  2. 9 points
    It's difficult to get behind someone's point who can't even get the month correct let alone our league position.
  3. 9 points
    As far as I'm concerned there isn't one. There's a man that's admitted to doing something shitty, admitting it was shitty and on the other side there's a bunch of virtue signalling mongrels unironically baying for blood over an event that not only happened 40 years ago, but didn't actually result in any harm. Not even so much as a hate crime by todays lack standards ffs. It's not ok and he said as much, that's all there is to it.
  4. 9 points
    In before Schmeichel, Simpson, Morgan, Huth, Fuchs, Mahrez, Kante, Drinkwater, Albrighton, Okazaki, Vardy
  5. 8 points
    Puel when he has to break up Mendy and Ndidi to accommodate Tielemans.
  6. 8 points
  7. 7 points
    Most times possession won in the midfield third in the Premier League this season: 🥇 W. Ndidi -- Leicester (113) 🥈 Jorginho -- Chelsea (112) 🥉 D. Rice -- West Ham (110) http://wscrd.co/PremierLeague https://twitter.com/WhoScored/status/1092837758983237633/photo/1 Tielemans could be a game changer for Puel. Let Wilf get on with the job is evidently so brilliant at and actually play a Dynamic partner that’ll do the job going forward.
  8. 7 points
    Yes, a lot of people do find it totally unreasonable to expect it, for all the reasons already outlined. Especially when people aren't privy to any of the facts. Do I know how much time he spent training? No. Do I know what he missed in the training sessions he didn't take part in? No Do I know how much "rest" he's had? No Do I know whether he's in the right frame of mind? No Do I know if he's stuck in a hotel with aircon going all night meaning he can't sleep, or whether he had a perfect night kip? No Do I know if he came over with a rucksack with a toothbrush and a pair of pants and hasn't got all his gear? No. Does the manager know all those things and more, Yes. Am I personally in any position to question that decision, Not really. That's not saying you can't have an opinion on it. IF the lad was fully rested, in a good frame of mind and went through enough opposition stuff during training that he could take part, then I'd have liked him to be on the bench. My issue is, that people don't stop there, they use it as a reason to slag a manager off. Which goes from just having an opinion on something to being pretty unreasonable themselves. Anyway, I'd best duck out before I'm banned for discussing things.
  9. 7 points
    And only a few years later people are complaining about a team of U23s challenging for 7th in the Prem.
  10. 7 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.
  11. 6 points
    Drinkwater played 500 minutes of football last season. Mahrez has played 1245 already so not really.
  12. 6 points
    The chant of 'Are you watching, Mark McGhee' after we won the play-off final will always live long in my memory.
  13. 6 points
  14. 5 points
    Him and Mendy conspired to seriously cost us the Southampton game between them. Just awful. Besides that he's just had a pretty average season, he's been better, he's been worse. He's really the least of our worries and I'm not particularly eager for us to go and replace him. To be honest, I think we need as many of the 15/16 vets still around as are viable to play, we've got a very young squad and they need some experienced heads to contribute. Kasper does far much than just keep goal. He's an ambassador and leader for the squad.
  15. 5 points
    He is still the best manager we have had at the club imo over the past 20/30 years. (even better than MON)
  16. 5 points
    Presumably Shakespeare and Walsh getting sacked from Everton (and Leicester for Shakepeare) proves that it was Pearson who built the team that won the league.
  17. 5 points
    If so can we get Kane's head shopped on to this....?
  18. 5 points
    I thought what he said was brilliant. He said Tielemans gave us options of playing in a 2 or a 3? In which case if he's in a 3 he will be the more advanced of the 3, unless Maddison is in the 3 with him and Wilf or Choudhury but that would be surprising. Our biggest issue has been moving the ball incisively and quickly from midfield and with Tielemans replacing Mendy then I'd expect this to improve. He will get balls in to Maddison, our wingers or through to Vardy in the channels when the opportunity presents itself. His biggest asset is his long range shooting and when you think how many wild slashes Ndidi has had this season, it shows Tielemans will still get opportunities to shoot in this system. Plus, when we have a lot of the ball and we work it forwards, he'll have times when he himself can try and get in to the box, he is quite good at anticipating where to be in attacks. I am hoping a fluent passer of the ball will revitalise Maddison's game, he is slowly losing that swagger and confidence and needs a match winning game to get back to his best. Tielemans will help him get the ball more in dangerous areas. This may all sound so simple and easy and I'm sure it wont be, but there will be an improvement in our passing and movement with this geezer. Pogba has had the shackles taken off at Utd and become more of a number 10 and is excelling, but we have Maddison for that and we dont have the luxury of another central midfielder to sit deep and supply quality and quick passes to release others, that's why Tielemans cant be used there really. I'm glad though as there was a brief worry Maddison would be dropped which might still happen with Barnes in a 4-3-3 but I've still every faith Maddison will be top drawer for us.
  19. 5 points
    Skip to 7:11 for the free kick, and let me just say that free kick was a beauty. Ghezzal is one player who I feel will come good for us over time. Maybe not this season but maybe next season. If only the fans would get off his back and stop booing him and comparing him to Mahrez.
  20. 5 points
    You know what, Ghezzal nearly scored that free kick and he, and Puel, would have been fully justified in giving it the ear/name pointing celebration if it had gone in. Watching it back makes me even more mad. Last match I could go to was the Burnley match (I live in Houston - shocker from my user name!), and if there was ever a game to get behind the team, it was that one. But no. The idiot behind me spent the entire game on Ghezzal’s back. “You’re not Maher’s; who do you think you are?; eff off, you’re ****” etc... I nearly turned round and lamped him. This behaviour has been like that for a while. We we can be great fans but we can also be spoiled t0ssers. Remember the O’Neill sit in? It was only in 2015/16 we were on the world’s stage and lauded for our support and atmosphere - guess we epitomise the chant “only sing when you’re winning”?* *Yes, I’m being dramatic for effect
  21. 5 points
    We finished 14th in his only season in the Prem with 41 points, and we were very,very unfortunate to get nothing from many of the games as well. Considering it was his first season managing in the Premier League with a newly promoted team how on earth can that be considered anything but a success ? Baffling. Btw I do agree that Pearson shouldn't come back. (Just in case I get accused of 'harping back to the past')
  22. 5 points
  23. 4 points
    World War 2 in colour on Netflix is also great!
  24. 4 points
    One ? there were two in one game !
  25. 4 points
  26. 4 points
    Never fails to amaze me how many of our fans have it in for the man who was more vital than anyone in our successes of the past 10 years.
  27. 3 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.
  28. 3 points
    Really hope this doesn’t become a trend. The last thing we need is May doing this and making a tit out of herself.
  29. 3 points
    This really has sent some people completely nuts.
  30. 3 points
    More than a passing interest myself .............
  31. 3 points
    What was it like to live through this @Col city fan?
  32. 3 points
    first they came for the Brexiteers?
  33. 3 points
    So if he starts on Sunday then, what's different? Been better in a weeks training than Mendy so he's in? He was brought in because we have a huge problem with breaking down teams at home, especially when we go behind. What on earth have Iheanacho and Okazaki done in your code of merit to earn places on the bench? I wouldn't give a flying fcuk if one of them was upset that Tielemans was straight on the bench at the expense of one of them. They shouldn't have been heinous all season then should they?
  34. 3 points
    I think we’re building a very good side which can only improve, and if we can strengthen with 2 or 3 top additions, who knows where this team can go.
  35. 3 points
    Schmeichel Ricardo Evans Maguire Chilwell N’Didi Tielemans Hamza Gray Vardy Barnes Think Maddison has been average for a little while so go with those as a front 3. Pace on the counter
  36. 3 points
    What baffles me is the complete lack of attention it’s getting. The ****ing Pope just admitted that Priests have been raping Nuns and keeping them as sex slaves and there’s hardly any coverage of it. It’s nowhere on the BBC news page, about half a mile down the Daily Mail site, the Guardian covers a different story of his visit while the Independent is too concerned with ending Liam Neeson’s career by spinning the story into something it isn’t. And I still believe this is just the tip of the iceberg. If only the media had the balls to investigate its worldwide exploits, we could finally shut this organisation down for good.
  37. 3 points
  38. 3 points
    Movement off the ball and playing it quickly is key in breaking defensive lines and we have been poor in this for so long it hurts my head to think about it. On Sunday I did see better movement, mostly from Barnes as has already been said, but I also saw Vardy look to go in behind several times. Sadly the ball in to him was never even attempted.
  39. 3 points
    Came away from the game at the weekend extremely disheartened not by the performance of the team but by a number of our 'supporters.' I think people often forget that footballers/managers, whilst living a privileged lifestyle, are human beings. Human beings respond best to praise and support, negativity breeds negativity. Booing isn't going to help anything and simply serves to make the situation worse. I understand the frustration in losing to a team like Cardiff at home, yes, we should be doing better in these games. The negativity shown towards what to me was a great effort and decent performance at the weekend against Man Utd was bizarre. We were undone by one error (from Ricardo who has been near faultless this season) and a piece of quality from a World Cup Winner and one of the best young talents in world football which was nothing to be ashamed of. Yes, we all know we need to improve our performance at the start of games. Booing substitutions however helps no one, not the player coming on or the team in general. Testament to Ghezzal for coming on and performing as well as he did in the circumstances, I do believe he will offer more and more for us moving forward. It really is coming to something when one of our own players (Chilwell) has to come out in the press and basically beg fans for support. - We are 11th in the Premier League, 3 pts off 8th. - We give the most minutes to young players in the League - We have a core of unbelievable young English talent including two of our own in Chillwell & Hamza. - We have a great youth team. - We are currently building what is touted as the most advanced training ground in European football. - This season saw the club beset by enormous tragedy, the club including the players have had to deal with that all in the public eye. A section of our 'supporters' really need a reality check, get behind the lads and support them during what is an exciting time for our club. Booing and general negativity isn't helping anything.
  40. 3 points
    I just split up with my girlfriend Lorraine, ive been having an affair with an older woman called Deirdre. Anyway all's good because ... I can see Deirdrie now Lorraine has gone...
  41. 3 points
    On the other hand, Silva managed to play 18 minutes for Monaco last weekend - after having played 0 - yes 0 - minutes in professional league football for the better part of five (!) months, and with only three cup matches to show for - the last of which dating back to late November 2018. So, either our training exercises are better at preparing players for immediate use on a top-flight level, or it's Puel's choice not to consider a player like Tielemans. I know there are many reasons why Tielemans couldn't even make the bench on Sunday, but let's not pretend it wasn't a possibility to include him as part of the matchday squad. For a player almost eight years younger and certainly fresher than Silva and with allegedly more flair and more talent, plus having already 20 Ligue 1 matches under his belt, a bit baffling. In the end, I would've loved to see him feature for us. I think he could've been that one player to change things around for the better against Manchester United. So, the debut should now be expected for the Spurs away game then.
  42. 3 points
    No deal!.. That image has made we want to throw up!
  43. 3 points
    Wondering if everything is ok with you @broughtonblue
  44. 3 points
    So how do we solve a problem like the first 10 minutes? My wife was asking the same...
  45. 3 points
    I will re-iterate what I said, I didn’t expect him to start and nor should he had so no I didnt expect him thrown straight in against a rampant United . Surely it’s not unreasonable to expect a new midfield signing who is supposed to be more dynamic with vast experience for a youngster to be at least on the bench when he’s been here for 3 days, we have got rid of 3 other midfielders and the only other midfield option is a young defensive mid or scplayer that’s never fit .
  46. 3 points
  47. 3 points
    Imagine calling for Puel to go so you could replace him with a bloke who lasted 2 months at Derby and took promotion favourites to bottom place in the Belgian second tier Huge respect for what he achieved here, but surely everyone admits he's a spent force?
  48. 3 points
    And thats the problem I don’t currently trust the manager to make the right decision. I don’t particularly want him out as I can see all the good he’s done . But he’s also made many mistakes for me not to fully trust his decisions . And I’m not inpatient to see him play more frustrated at Puel’s over cautiousness at times .
  49. 3 points
    Do you have the right to boo? Of course you do. But then I have the right to build a large fence between myself and my neighbour, but I don't, because I'm not a massive <insert genital reference here>. Because you can do something, doesn't mean you should, or that it's a good idea.
  50. 3 points
    How often have we been sitting safe from relegation before the new year? I think those that reckon things aren't the best at the moment are living in a Prem title winning bubble.
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