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  1. 189 points
    The Foxes Talk summer summed up in one GIF:
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    ______________ Been said numerous times before but he really is a legend of the club. Fallen out of favour in last few years but can't question his loyalty, professionalism and respect for the club despite playing less. A consummate professional.
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    Everyone on Foxes Talk right now:
  6. 82 points
    Back by popular demand, it's time for some Tactical breakdowns, and today I'm looking at the subject of a system we used throughout the game against Aston Villa away, the 442 Diamond. This formation has also been used in a few other games; Sheffield United away and Tottenham at home after 60 minutes, who at the time also played a diamond system. It's a system that is very familiar to Brendan Rodgers who used the system at Liverpool, with his team that almost won the league. So as a bit of background, let's look at that team quickly: Rodgers 442 Diamond at Liverpool This was the team that came oh so close to breaking Liverpool's Premier League duck in the 13/14 season. This squad and even first team lineup for me was fairly uneven in that they had truly world class players in some positions (Coutinho and Suarez), but some quite awful players in others like Mignolet and Flanagan. However, in what is fast becoming a Brendan Rodgers hallmark, the team played above and beyond their capabilities that season because of the system they used. Broadly speaking the team played a high pressing style that was fairly narrow, with width provided by their full backs. The system used two mobile centre forwards in Sturridge and Suarez who could both play as wide strikers to allow for runs from Sterling through the middle, who looked to break between the lines as well as acting as a distributor and creator behind the front two. The system also had two central midfielders with differing roles, Coutinho as the playmaker extraordinaire and Henderson for boundless energy and pressing. Behind both sat Steven Gerrard, reinvented as a classic protector and whom still did a good job despite age catching up with him and sadly for him, the most unfortunate of slips in Premier League history. ^ An example of Suarez moving across as a wide striker to feed Sturridge and Sterling who has pushed on to create a two v one. Note how although Sturridge has a defender nearby, Sterling is completely free. This is something we saw happen to James Maddison on a number of occasions when we've used this system. ^ Another example of the sort of play we see with a diamond. Liverpool have numerical superiority in the middle of the pitch as Gerrard wins the ball back and looks to feed Henderson who will lay it off to Coutinho. Notice how the system trades off a numerical advantage in midfield for a narrow shape - we can't see any players hugging the touchline in this picture. There are obviously a lot of similarities in the way this team played and the way ours did. In some respects they were even better than our boys, but in others they were much worse. They scored an incredible 101 goals (!) in their 38 games, but also conceded 50 which shows you that for as good as they were, they were an imbalanced outfit. I will talk about more of the differences later on in the Leicester section of the analysis. I think the key takeaway with this system is that it was different to the system Rodgers preferred to use at Swansea (his previous job to Liverpool) where he used a 433 / 4141 like we often see at Leicester. However, given that Liverpool did not possess any class wide players but did possess two good strikers plus good central midfielders, he opted for a system that used the players at his disposal in the most effective way. But that's quite enough about Liverpool! I'm getting a bit sick of talking about them talking about them this season to be honest . So let's move onto our boys in blue. Rodgers 442 Diamond at Leicester City Sky Sports used the following graphic to represent our lineup post match, so let's use that. God knows why Tielemans, Praet and Soyuncu are all mystery men in this picture, but the formation is accurate. So the first thing you have to ask yourself is "why use this formation?" We were on a 7 game winning streak, the best in our history in the Premier League, and our tried and trusted 4141 formation had been doing the business. Or had it? We beat Everton with a last minute goal after switching to a 352 shape, and though we beat Watford 2-0, that game was a rather lackluster display which again saw a change of shape midway through the second half. Teams have been getting wise to us playing 3 centre backs against us and sitting deep. I don't think we expected Aston Villa to play this way given they were at home, but I suspect Rodgers wanted to rotate the team one to give some players a rest, but also to pose Aston Villa more of a direct threat. Pros - Potentially MORE attacking. Two centre forwards to deal with, plus an advanced centre mid at all times. - Against teams that push their fullbacks far forwards, a quick turnover high up the pitch can result in a 2 on 2 scenario where it's one striker against one CB each. Literally one minute into the second half this happened and Iheanacho put the ball just wide. - More players up the pitch when on the ball in the final third. There are two strikers to aim for and three players who drift between the lines. - More numerical superiority in the middle of the pitch. Villa are not known for their dynamic wide play, but rather Jack Grealish coming inside from a wide position is where they get most of their joy from, as we saw in this match also. Cons - Much narrower outlook. Play is typically focused in the middle, as 2 on 1 overloads are much harder to produce than in a 4141. - Having an additional man up front can cost you on the turnover as by it's very nature, more risks are taken upfield. - Despite having more men in central midfield, a good 433 team on paper could dominate the ball with possession in central areas. It might be a risk to play 442 Diamond against a team like Man City for example. - More susceptible to talented wide players. Teams that have both good fullbacks AND good wide forwards could give you a big headache. I wouldn't play this way against Liverpool for example! Differences Better Liverpool 13/14 and Leicester 19/20 Teams The Liverpool team worked really well but I'd argue was an inferior version of our team today. Gerrard was at his peak a world class player, but in 13/14 he was more of a "Regista" type of player like Andrea Pirlo and acted as their deep lying playmaker rather than a ball winner. In our system Ndidi is the ball winner and Tielemans the deep lying playmaker, and this means we have a better defensive player in the same position. Tielemans is also better on the ball than Henderson was. Maddison is better than Sterling was in 13/14. Sterling was just a youngster having his breakthrough season at this point in time, and had a limited goal output. Whilst he had obvious talent, he wasn't as good at understanding his position as Maddison is. Countinho was superb this season, probably better than Tielemans and Maddison, but not dramatically so. We have multiple creative players, and Praet in this system I would rate as better than Henderson. Henderson has of course proved to be brilliant under Klopp performing a slightly different role where he is not relied on for creativity as much. Our defence and keeper are light years better than the Liverpool team. Soyuncu and Evans are the best pairing in the division and both are probably in the top 5 defenders on current form. Kasper is proven international class who was Denmark's player of the tournament at the last world cup. Our full backs are much better. Glen Johnson had a good season in 13/14 but he is no Ricardo! Chilwell is also far superior to Flanagan. Luis Suarez had one of the best seasons of any player in Premier League history with a scarcely believable 31 goals. He was even suspended for some of the games. But at Leicester we have Vardy who with 16 goals in 16 games is going at a pace that no player in Premier League history has gone at so far. Sturridge was in the form of his life this season with 21 goals and 7 assists. His interplay with Suarez and Sterling was something else. Suarez rightly took the plaudits, but Sturridge was electric too. So based on this, I would say that 442 Diamond could be a real weapon in Leicester's locker this season, as we have great personnel to pull it off. For me I think it relies on Iheanacho playing as well he has done in his last two games, as otherwise we don't have a player who is on the same level as Daniel Sturridge who was brilliant in 13/14. These are stats from Kelechi's performance today, and they are extremely impressive: Attacking Patterns of Play The 4141 system often to create overloads on one side of the pitch where a full back and wide forward combine so that either teh fullback or wide forward can put in a cross to Vardy or either Maddison / Tielemans coming in from deep. Here is an example of Ben Chilwell and Harvey Barnes combining against Burnley earlier in the season. Barnes gets away from 3 (!) players here, which is untypical, but the way he combines with Chilwell is typical, as is the position on the pitch from where he crosses from. Note he is both quite wide and near the touchline when he plays the ball. Now in a Diamond system, we don't have wide players, so this means the team has to attack more centrally. So let's look at a great example of that with Nacho's goal today: ^ Note that Maddison who makes the assist crosses much closer to the goal - just outside the 18 yard box. Also note that Chilwell is much further away as he is providing width. ^ Having a look at the goal with the help of the pause button we can see more of the nuances of the system. I've marked three players with asterisks (*), and these are our attacking midfielders in the squad. Note how all 3 of Maddison, Tielemans and Praet are supporting the attack AND how all three of them have drifted between the lines. Praet is unmarked, McGinn is the wrong position to stop Tielemans and Maddison has snuck free to play the pass. This is how the Diamond system is supposed to work - the team is a bit more narrow, but is more direct and has more players committed forwards to score a goal, giving the other team much more to worry about. Taking a look at the goal from more of a Nigel Pearson style aerial view, we see more of the nuance of the system. We have 3 players in Vardy, Nacho and Maddison who operate furthest forwards. We have 7 players in total attacking the ball at a time, which is very aggressive. Also note how much distance there is between Ndidi and Tielemans on the ball. This would normally never be as large a gap as this in a 4141, but in this system, we have a forward 7 and then a defensive 3 who deliberately stay a bit further back to give them more time to deal with counter attacks on the turnover. Also note how Ricardo is slightly further behind Chilwell here, which means on a turnover he has slightly more time to get back. In fact, this is typical in all of our systems we play, and it's why you don't see Chilwell pass to Ricardo or vice versa, whereas Liverpool often play passes from TAA to Robertson and vice versa. Defensive Setup Whilst we scored a plethora of goals again today, I'd argue the most impressive thing about Leicester this season is our exceptional defence. We have the least goals and shots conceded and are able to keep teams at bay. But in this game in the first half especially we did look a bit shaky and Villa should have scored through El Gazi. ^ This picture paints a good picture of our typical defensive setup against Villa attacks and here we can potentially see some issues. Ricardo doesn't have much support so Grealish could play it down the wing to Targett supporting from Left Back. We also see that in having two players up front in Vardy and Nacho that Villa's onrushing attacking midfielders have broken free, and McGinn (7) and Luiz are going to attract our defenders to create space in our box. As play develops we see that even Ricardo who IMO could make a claim for best Right Back in the world on current form cannot be in two places at once and Targett receives the ball and is able to play in a great cross, from which Villa should score. Summary The 442 Diamond System makes us more direct and offers more of an attacking threat. However, it also makes us more susceptible to attacking patterns of play from opponents with good wide players. 442 Diamond is a narrow system that relies heavily on intelligent and technical midfielders who can drift between the lines. The 4141 system gives us more natural width, but has just one focal point at all times in Vardy. This is why it's essential that players like Barnes, Perez, Tielemans and Maddison all join the attack from deeper positions as play develops. Which is the better system? Depends on who we are playing against! But there is no doubt that today it worked superbly well. I would argue that first half it didn't nullify Villa's best player in Grealish, but we were 2-0 up and cruising until giving away a soft goal, so overall it did nullify their style of play. Second half Dean Smith moved Grealish to centre mid to get on the ball more often, but I think this backfired dramatically. It meant he had to compete with Wilfred Ndidi and well... I think there is only going to be one winner there. Villa also pushed their fullbacks very far forwards meaning a lot of the time Nacho and Vardy where 2 on 2 versus their centre backs, as shown for our first goal. So we can definitely say this system worked very well against Villa, though it may not work so well against another team. A great option to have though!
  7. 81 points
    Brace yourself. No seriously, brace yourself. Ready?
  8. 77 points
    It would be quite funny to see Liverpool win the title at Anfield with no crowd. For that reason, I'm in.
  9. 73 points
    Broke my heart seeing him come over to the crowd to apologise at full time. No one has less to apologise for to Leicester fans.
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  11. 70 points
    LAWRO'S PREDICTION Leicester's problem in these sort of games - away, and against a team much lower than them - is that they have become a scalp. Going to St Mary's and trying to win the game is a very different task to going to somewhere like Anfield, when people are expecting them to be beaten. It is going to be interesting to see how Brendan Rodgers' side deal with it. Prediction: 1-1
  12. 69 points
    Will be massively disappointed if JJ doesn’t start next match
  13. 67 points
    I've had a few drinks so I thought why not...
  14. 63 points
    She’s desperate for attention She’ll lie to get a mention He’ll **** you for your pension The Rooney Family
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    Brighton fan here... You're the best side I've seen at the Amex this season. You won't know this, but we've actually been pretty decent at home and created a lot of chances - but we didn't really get a sniff today. Maddison and Vardy might get the headlines but your defence is rock solid. My missus is a Leicester girl and we're going to have a sneaky £20 on Leicester to win the PL. Good luck from the rainy south coast.
  18. 58 points
    Let's see how this plays out on Twitter
  19. 57 points
    Hi, thanks for your concern, the gentleman was my dad. His life was saved by the prompt actions of the paramedics & the medical team at the stadium. He had to be shocked 3 times with the portable defribrillators they carry, after his heart rhythm went haywire.He had treatment in the medical room at the stadium & was taken to the LRI, before being rushed to Glenfield General. Amazingly today he was sitting up in a chair wired to monitors. They are doing tests to find out what caused his heart to malfunction.The doctors said if it had happened anywhere else but where it did, with the paramedics only a few metres away, he wouldn't have survived, so we have a lot to be grateful for. I was elsewhere in the stadium with my son & because it happened near full-time I wasn't aware anything had happened until I was walking back to the car. He won't be up & about for the Boxing Day match, but fingers crossed he'll be back in his seat sometime in the New Year.
  20. 57 points
    Don't understand that article. Says he lost two years at a top team but also says he was close to joining Arsenal? Which was it?
  21. 57 points
    For those not fluent in Italian, Di means From and Marzio means Enderby.
  22. 57 points
    I can only tell you what I know my friend. I work very closely with the club and like you, I am also a fan. Through working in the UK and abroad (all football based) you create contacts (the real ITKs) and they share info. It’s mainly accurate at the time. I was told by a very good source that YT was keen to stay and he did. I have been told by another extremely reliable source that contact, including prospective wages, was made with Dennis Praet ( not an official bid, but contact with agent or agent contact with us... he is looking fir a move). I know we are looking for another winger and Perez is not that winger. We have made enquiries to clubs and agents during this window. As for Harry, I know as much as you. There isn’t a bid close to our requirements (at time of typing!) and therefore he is a Leicester player and will get his head down and play. He isn’t unhappy. I was told that the deadline was Sunday just gone, but who knows. Ive also been told that Tarkowski is the replacement of choice and then Dunk. Burnley and Brighton aware. All things I have been told/I have asked about/ I have worked out, based on discussions with those in the game, linked with said players and clubs. I am aiming to help and not lead people on....but it gets difficult when people get personal. Im off to cry into my Andros Townsend pillow.
  23. 56 points
    What a guy. He never has to apologise to us. Ever. He gave me one of the greatest birthdays of my life against Sevilla. I reject your apology you ****ing hero.
  24. 56 points
    It’s all complete bullshit that Harry has kicked off. All these stories are being put out to the media by agents & the United side in an attempt to get a deal pushed through. Top set the price tag early doors & has made it crystal clear to Harry & everyone else that’s involved what the price is & It’s non negotiable! ....He was taught well ?
  25. 56 points
    I'd be all for it as he'd have his summers free from tournaments and will get a good rest.
  26. 55 points
    I feel this deserves a discussion on the main forum Norwich / spurs and Newcastle have now all cut the wages of all NON-playing staff a league that generates billions every year cannot and should not be asking near minimum wage staff to take a pay cut while multi millionaire playboys on the playing staff receive bonuses for games that will not or have not been played ! I would like our club to guarantee our non-playing staff will not suffer like this given our excellent financial position, and I’d love to see a league wide boycott of any team that does cut the wages of these lowest paid staff This growing story has made me ill , it’s disgusting and immoral to pay someone £250k a week full wages while asking someone on £16,000 a year to to take a pay cut ! My love of English football is being tested to the core right now
  27. 55 points
    Congratulations on the win, the better side won. I enjoyed the match and have to admit Albion were fortunate not to go in a couple of goals down at HT. We seemed to pick up the tempo for 15-20 minutes in the second half giving me hope that we might just get something from this game but alas no. I think we were our own worst enemies for the first goal getting caught so short at the back but Vardy got the decision to pass to Perez just right as he was left on his own by our chasing defenders. I like JV, always have, but I didn't think he was on it yesterday. For all that though he was a constant threat. As for the penalty re-take, that had me scratching my head to be honest as I thought that encroachment would give us a free kick (not that in any way it would have changed the result) I hope you go on to really push Liverpool for the title - no make that actually win it. I certainly think your first choice 11 is as good as theirs. We'll try to do you a favour next week 😉 Albion? We are playing some nice stuff at times but yesterday was just too much of a challenge. We missed Lewis Dunk (I thought Duffy's lack of pace and distribution caused us lots of problems) but other than that I was reasonably happy with the way we played. We need a big forward to help Moupay out I feel but the midfield is improving all the time - Propper has come on in leaps and bounds under the new management for example. The long-term aim is for top 10 but we are a fair bit from that just yet but who knows what a couple of shrewd buys could give us. Potter-style football has (largely) been a joy to watch (apart from Chelsea away and yesterday) and I'm hopeful for the future. Anyway, well done for yesterday - now go and win the League.
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  29. 54 points
    Last few weeks have been tough to take. The football's bad enough, but a section of out support seem to have embraced a childish right-wing reactionary agenda that is starting to brand our club in a regrettable way. I'd remind these wankers that - like it or not - this is a radical and diverse city, and you lot are a frankly embarrassing stain on it. Why don't you take your Tory posturing somewhere it's wanted, Absolute tossers.
  30. 54 points
    Got to love this game. Got to love this club.
  31. 54 points
    Surprised at the bitterness towards Matty from many on here. I'm sure his career hasn't panned out like he wanted to with all the injuries. He had the potential to play for England, he was that good. I'm pleased LCFC have sorted him out financially, it can't have cost the club that much in the grand scheme of things.
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    Won't be popular at all but a huge thanks has to go to Claude Puel for laying the foundations for us to make one of our biggest ever signings.
  34. 52 points
    Won the Champions League and the Club World Cup with Inter Milan. Wears a ****ing Leicester City jacket around the house. And not even just something he had lying around from his one season here: it's one from the current ****ing season. He's magic.
  35. 52 points
    Sad way to achieve it but congratulations I'm sure you deserve it and would have earn't eventually Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha is today confirmed as the Chairman of Leicester City Football Club. Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha Khun Aiyawatt succeeds the late Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and will continue to lead the Club in the pursuit of a vision he and his father began when their Leicester City journey started nearly a decade ago. It is a vision the Srivaddhanaprabha family, the Board of Directors, management, players and staff remain wholly committed to turning into Khun Vichai’s legacy. Khun Aiyawatt’s previous role of Vice Chairman will be filled by his brother, Apichet Srivaddhanaprabha, who retains his position on the Club’s Board of Directors alongside Vice Chairman Liu Shilai and Chief Executive Officer Susan Whelan. Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said: “It is a privilege to become the next Chairman of this great Club and to lead the Leicester City family into the next chapter of what has already been an extraordinary story. It feels like there is so much more to come. “As we approach the start of the new season, there is genuine excitement and positivity among our supporters and in the football community about what we can achieve. We have an exciting young squad, an outstanding manager and backroom staff, and a well-structured and sustainable off-pitch operation, all backed by an energised and engaged supporter base. “Next summer, our football operation will move to a brand new training facility that will be among the best in Europe, while the process of consulting supporters and our community on the proposed expansion of King Power Stadium has also begun. “These developments were all part of my father’s dream for Leicester City. It’s a dream that belongs to all of us now and it will be my honour to lead the Club as we pursue that dream together.” On the eve of Leicester City’s 10th season under King Power International’s stewardship, Khun Aiyawatt becomes the 31st Chairman in the history of the Club, which remains wholly owned by the Srivaddhanaprabha family.
  36. 51 points
    This forum is bloody embarrassing. After every loss you just turn on all the players. shameful.
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    I actually think considering how well you have been playing we did well to stay in the game today Rodgers has come back from Celtic a far more mature and astute manager, and I think you have a lovley mix at the moment, experience with evans and vardy and young players of top quality around that. Only time I have thought he got it wrong was at United when he played with the handbrake and played the name not the line up. Outside of that he has done very well, even today putting Gray on today when perez was tiring to turn the game. My fear for us is if we decide to appoint that Mourinho , who does not carry himself like a arsenal manager, it was would be the worst culture fit possible I know arsene did not always carry himself brilliantly in the latter years but their is a certain standard of manager a old club like ours which he doesn't have. His success may work at first but disaster like a dark cloud would loom soon around the corner. Good luck anyway, I think the key for you is one step at a time, with the likes of Morgan and Fuchs still in the dressing room I am sure reminders will be given week to week.
  39. 51 points
    What a man. He deserved every bit of success for being such a gent. He is doing his father proud.
  40. 51 points
    I'm still in the stands singing now, where are you? Plastic.
  41. 51 points
    It seems that the western world stands on the brink of a massive extremist cultural step backwards, a reversion to prejudices of the past. The rights of minorities have not, in my adult lifetime, needed more protection. So this is a good thing.
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  43. 50 points
    I'm gonna do it. I'm going to be the callous bastard. How many of these are there going to be? There was one at Wolves for a fan who'd died. Has it become the default thing now that we have a minute's applause for anyone whose family put their head above the parapet and ask for one? It's totally diluting the minute's applause to something where people sit and clap their hands when they have no idea what's going on, merely joining in with the crowd.
  44. 50 points
    I've been watching City for something like fifty years now and I've seen hundreds of players come and go, but there's been a bare handful as reliable as Mark Albrighton. He always gives his best, even when he's not at his best, never moans when he's dropped, just knuckles down and works hard to get back into the side. When we look back on the 2016 legends, it will be Vardy, Mahrez and Kanté who will first come to mind, but MA is every bit the legend that they are. He is a consummate professional.
  45. 50 points
    What Top , his late father and family have done for our Club, City and County is simply amazing The dreams we have they have helped create The memories we will love till our dying days they have helped create and still they go on giving , gifts that allow us the chance to create more dreams and memories Khun Top thank you , thank you, thank you
  46. 50 points
    I'm a bit worried that all this hubris is going to bite us on the backside. Transfer window isn't closed. Maguire is likely to leave. And as much as I don't rate Arsenal's squad in particular, they finish top 6 every year and we don't. I've supported City for too long to know that one dickie result against wolves is all it takes for the traditional Leicester mentality of told you so, glass half empty eeyores to get going. Let's just go quietly and humbly go about our business rather than sneering at Man U and Arsenal
  47. 50 points
    Champions of South-East Asian airports, you'll never sing that
  48. 49 points
    Love this man. He's stepped up brilliantly these past few games, especially given his lack of game time for a long time now. While deservedly behind Chilwell, I still think he's better offensively than Chilwell is; Ben could learn a lot from how Fuchs whips a cross in. That goal saving tackle on Kante was class too. Yes, his legs are going, but what a pro and a character. I've enjoyed seeing him get back in the side. City legend.
  49. 49 points
    5) People leaving 2 minutes early to beat the traffic and not clapping the lads off
  50. 49 points
    Did you want consulting when we broke the transfer record twice in a week?. Or how about when you pick up your free beer ?. £100 million training facility?. No didn’t think so. Give the club a break will you.
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