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  1. 120 points
    Player literally asking the fans to stop being bellends
  2. 99 points
    Puel took one for the team - he was willing to do the dirty work most managers would never have been willing to do. He'll never get anything but hate from most "fans" but he's a big part of the reason why the club is set for a potentially excellent run in the next few years.
  3. 86 points
  4. 85 points
    Hi there, English Celtic fan here. Went to Leicester Uni back in the day so have always looked out for the club and love the city , enjoyed my time there. Thought I would give my two pennies on Brendan . Positives - Great coach. Very good tactician . Good motivator. Turns decent players into very good ones. Develops younger players. Attractive , attacking brand of football. Negatives - Horrendous in the transfer market when signing "finished products" . Stubborn at adapting his style against better sides. Will not play defensively even when the opposition calls for it. Under achieved hugely in Europe. £60m wage bill should have seen us very competitive at Europa League level but were outplayed by Red Bull Salzburg who have less resources and a lower wage bill. Made hard work of qualifiers, again against teams with far less resources. Got off lightly in Europe using the money excuse which is fine in the UCL but at Europa league level our investment should have seen us as competitive. What I must stress is his ability to improve players. Mcgregor ,Tierney , Rogic , Forrest , Boyata all improved hugely under him. He signed some very good young players in Ntcham , Dembele and Edouard and made them all better . So if you have some good younger players (Maddison etc ) he could well take them on a level or two. He will no doubt be in for a few of our boys in the Summer. We have some very good players who would make the step up to the EPL , like Van Dijk, Robertson , Forster and Wanyama have in recent years. Tierney is an obvious one , but has today been heavily linked with Arsenal for £25m quid ( great day for us this ). Forrest has been linked with Liverpool and could make the step up. Rogic is top class but has signed a new deal recently. There would be question marks over his injury record and fitness. Mcgregor is the best of the lot , Brendan has turned him into a top player. He would be one I would be very interested to see in the EPL. Boyata is out of contract and wants a Premier League move but I don't think he is quite good enough , although BR did improve him. Lives off of the fact he plays for Belgium. Benkovic looked decent when he played but had a deer in the headlights appearance at Ibrox before getting injured. Be interesting to see how he gets on when he is back with you. Edouard is a striker with huge potential , Brendan is a huge fan of his . Will be interesting to see if he tries to take any of them in the summer. He also had a very good relationship with some of the senior pro's like Brown , Gordon and Lustig. I Imagine he will get on well and get the best out of Vardy, Schemiechael etc. Be very very wary of his scouting team and the director of football that follows him to clubs ( Lee Congerton ). His general record in the transfer market here is very very poor . I would say his success rate with signings was about 25% during his time here. He got some big ones right ( Moussa Dembele, Edouard , Ntcham , Sinclair ) but signed a long list of duds. He relies on his ability to coach current players and improve youth more than his eye in the transfer market. If he starts signing unknowns beware. I think he could be extremely good for you overall, and will be a step up from Puel. If he can get it right in the transfer market than you have won a watch as his coaching and tactics will take care of the rest. Best of luck.
  5. 85 points
    I get the negativity around Puel, I’m actual not his biggest fan, however I think there is a much boarder narrative to our current situation than just the manager. Winning the League was fantastic, a once in a life time achievement, however whilst the club basked in the glory of its success, it forgot the key to it and killed the Goose that laid the Golden Egg. The league win was forged, in the dark months of 2011 and the return of Nigel Pearson, under him we had suitability and a recruitment strategy, which seem to have a vision for short, medium and long term success. The days of heavy spending under Sven, replaced by a steady recruitment of lesser known talents, which were developed by Pearson and then later polished by Ranieri into the title winning team of 2016. The departure of Walsh that summer seemed to signal the end of an era; the steady accumulation of talent and the recruitment of round pegs for round hole seemed forgotten. A steady stream of failures followed during next two summers, allied with the decline of key players, some of whom should have been replaced during those closed seasons resulted in the demise of both Ranieri and Shakespeare. I personally think the sacking of Shakespeare was a watershed moment for the owners a realisation that the club had an untenable model, and a general lack of long term strategy. I think the owners have accepted they needed a longer term approach, hence the new training ground, stadium extension plans, and the employment of a manager who history is about building teams and a more rounded football philosophy. Whilst results and performance haven’t been great, I for one can see a change in approach, young hungry talent has been recruited, and areas of weakness have being addressed. The purchase of a number 10 in Maddison, a modern fullback in Riccardo, young up and coming Centre-backs in Söyüncü and Benković, and finally a keeper in Ward who actual seems decent back for Kasper. There has been nurturing of home grown talent in Chilwell, Choudhury and Barnes, whilst clearing out the deadwood in Musa, Slimani, and the rest. Pearson had 4-5 transfer windows to be successful in the championship, Puel has had two, to try and be successful in one of the most difficult league in the world. I remember many a poor performance and results under Pearson, but he was given time to produce the goose that laid the golden egg. I actual think we are moving in the right direction, with a clear plan, let give the manager some time, because evolution takes time
  6. 85 points
    As we remember our chairman let’s all pay tribute to the other 4 victims Nursara Suknamai and Kaveporn Punpare who both worked for the chairman pilot Eric Swaffer and his girlfriend and co-pilot Izabela Roza Lechowicz May they all rest in peace
  7. 81 points
    I'm in the US and fell in love with football this summer watching the World Cup. When it ended, I started watching and reading about all the European football I could. I've been enjoying it all, and at the same time slowly narrowing down the options until I find the right team to support. I love good counterattacking play and a good underdog story, so as of a month ago I had narrowed it down to three: Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, and Leicester City. Then the tragedy at the King Power happened, followed by two weeks of nothing like I have ever seen in the sporting world. I was completely moved by the photos of shirts and scarfs from all teams left outside the KP, by the midnight appearance of an actual fox, by to two gutty performances on the pitch surrounding a whirlwind trip to Thailand, by videos of Jamie Vardy and his wife grieving for their friend and chairman, by the raw emotion of the LCFC podcast hosts, and most of all by the true love shown for Khun Vichai by LCFC supporters on this message board and at the stadium on Saturday. In the last two weeks, you all have shown your true class and humanity. In my opinion, the Leicester City community is everything a sporting community should be. If you would have me, I would be honored to join you as a LCFC supporter.
  8. 81 points
  9. 80 points
    8 years, 293 appearances. Won the lot. Brilliant player, fantastic leader. Respected and loved by everyone at the football club except a few thick fans on here. What a fu*king player. What a man.
  10. 80 points
    I would like to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for this overwhelming support. Thank you, also, to Leicestershire Police and the Emergency Services. Their fast response on Saturday kept a lot of people safe. Their professionalism and sensitivity since then have made the last few days as bearable as they could be. What happened made me realise how important my dad was to many people all over the world and I’m touched by how many people kept him close to their hearts. I’m extremely proud to have such an extraordinary father. From him, I have received a very big mission and legacy to pass on and I intend to do just that. I know that I will receive the support I need to make this happen and I am so grateful for all your messages and kind words. For a long time, my father taught me to be strong and to take care of my family. He loved his family. He made Leicester City into a family. And nothing would make him prouder than to see how the Leicester City family that he built is supporting each other through a time of such sadness. My dad had a way of teaching me about life and work without making it seem like a lesson. He was my mentor and role model. Today, he has left me with a legacy to continue and I will do everything I can to carry on his big vision and dreams. My family and I would like to thank each and every one of you for your sincere kindness and good intentions during the most difficult time for us. I miss you dad, with all of my heart. https://www.lcfc.com/news/894771/a-message-from-aiyawatt-srivaddhanaprabha
  11. 80 points
    Scored our first goal back in the Prem Scored our first winning goal back in the Prem Stepped up when it mattered A Champion Thank you Leo
  12. 77 points
    Claude Puel calls for a Leicester City reality check The City boss discusses the criticism he has received and the speculation over his future, as well as his public image Claude Puel has called for a reality check at Leicester City as he hit back at his critics. City are seventh in the Premier League, but that hasn’t stopped the Frenchman coming under fire from a section of supporters who have become disillusioned with his style of play and the inconsistencies of his young side. Puel has also been the subject of media reports that his job was in doubt on several occasions, and the criticism intensified after he made seven changes for the FA Cup third-round tie at Newport County, and paid the price as Citysuffered a shock giant-killing. Puel admits it has been difficult to manage the negativity that is around his team, but he believes considering the problems his side has faced in the first half of the season and the fact they are competing against clubs with more resources, his side have done a good job to sit seventh in the table. Puel accepts City’s title triumph of 2016 has raised expectations, but he said it wasn’t realistic to think they should be competing in the top six again and called for his emerging young players to be given more time and patience. “I think it’s a shame because for a club to continue to improve we need stability,” Puel said of the criticism and negativity around City. “Stability is not about the speculation around the club, inside, outside the club. It is important to support these young players who continue to improve and put in a good structure in the club, good basics to perform in the future. “We know the normal difficulties to improve young players and get results. Normally it is not possible to improve young players and have the result at the same time. Normally when we improve the young players they perform later. “There is a lot of pressure around the club, but we try to maintain good results and good improvement of lots of players. Leicester City manager Claude Puel leaves the touchline after the Emirates FA Cup, third round match at Rodney Parade(Image: Nick Potts/PA Wire) “Since the beginning of the season I think we have done some fantastic work. I am happy about the work we can do, the hard work my players have given in training and in games. “To finish seventh in the first half season with all problems we have had, it’s a very good performance. If people believe we have to be sixth, that it should be our place, it is not the truth. It’s not possible. “And if they think eighth is not good enough, it’s crazy. “Of course we have difficulties to get a good atmosphere around the club. We need to be clever.” City made seven signings last summer but after the sales of Riyad Mahrez and Ahmed Musa, they had an estimated net spend of just £25million. Puel said the truth was they couldn’t go out and compete with the top clubs in the Premier League for ready-made players, but instead were invested in youth they feel they can develop themselves. “The question is how can we perform at this club? Do we have the same possibilities and money as Liverpool, Man City, Arsenal, Chelsea, or Everton, West Ham or Wolves? Do we have same possibilities? No,” said Puel. “How can we compete against these teams? We can’t buy the same players, experienced and consistent with a fantastic level. “We can perform if we can take some talented players, younger and develop them. Harvey Barnes trains with Leicester City for the first time after returning from his loan spell at West Brom(Image: Plumb Images/Getty Images) “Perhaps we have success. Then we keep them and in three to four years we can compete with the great teams. For me it is the only project we can have. “It was exceptional that Leicester won the title. If not it would be easy all the time to win the title. It was exceptional. If people think that was normal in the Premier League it is not the truth. “This club won the title and the expectation from all around the club, from fans sometimes and from people and journalists, the expectation is more advanced. It’s a higher level. “There’s a difference in the possibilities for Leicester and what people want to achieve and dream of, and what they are expect from us. “I accept this but all the time after a bad result there is pressure, and other teams with more money and more possibilities are behind us don’t have noise, speculation or other things. They can work with calm, without a problem. “We know the difficulties and the atmosphere around the club, for me and the players, for the club. “We have to manage this atmosphere and to try to keep all the time our calm and continue this project.” It was a similar story when Puel was manager of Southampton, who he faces tomorrow at King Power Stadium. He was sacked after one season despite finishing eighth in the table and taking the Saints to a cup final, but Puel was unpopular with sections of the supporters who didn’t like the football they witnessed. “Yes, perhaps (it’s the same), because before they finished sixth and the believed after sixth it would be fifth, fourth and so on,” said Puel. “Perhaps it was the same thing, I don’t know, but if we forget who we are it will be difficult afterwards. It is always important to be clever with ambition. “We need to have ambition but ambition to follow a project because the way is different because we cannot pay, we cannot buy. Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City warms up ahead of his side's clash with Leicester City(Image: Plumb Images/Getty Images) “For example, when we lost Riyad Mahrez how can we replace him with the same level? It’s not possible. “We need to find different possibilities with different talented players and with a different profile to give strength to the team. “It costs a lot of money. A good example is Riyad became a great player but he was not a great player when he arrived in the club. “He made progress and I hope other players in our team have the ability to become great players with passion and hard work on the pitch and in training sessions. “To keep the right mentality is the most important thing and some teams can have an interest in our players because they show the world what we can do and the quality we can put into recruitment of young players and developing them - sometimes to buy young players and sometimes to come from the academy and develop. “It’s the way for us.” Puel also addressed his public persona and how that has affected perceptions of him. As he is asked, he shrugs and offers a weary smile. “Ah, the image! I saw in the past a lot of images with different managers,” he sighed. “They had a fantastic image, but now their teams play in the Championship. “The most important thing is not to be spectacular on the bench, it’s to try to perform on the pitch and develop a club and to have good consistency to compete and to make progress and keep ambition, just this.” It seemed Puel was in fighting mode after weeks of speculation and criticism, but he vowed to continue to soak up any negativity aimed at his young squad and vowed he would not waver from his plan. “My job is to take all this pressure without giving pressure to my team and the club. I take this pressure,” he said. “It’s not a problem for me, but I want my players to play without pressure, with freshness and freedom and this is the most important thing to continue their development. “I can take the pressure. I am solid, I have the habits, it’s not a problem.”
  13. 75 points
    Well done lads, legends each and every one of you. The Boss would be proud.
  14. 73 points
    It didn’t work out for you here Mr. Puel and it’s correct that in a results business you must be sacked. you tinkered too much at times , your style of football would possibly bare fruits in time but in this league time is too precious I personally want to thank you for your efforts and your dignity when we lost Khun Vichai , you led us through a dark dark period In our clubs history I hope my fellow supporters can follow with dignity and wish you well Au Revoir Claude
  15. 73 points
    Stick that one up your backsides you Puel out moaning gits. Happy new year.
  16. 71 points
  17. 70 points
    Anyone slagging us after that can do one. We could have drawn or won that. The future’s bright.
  18. 69 points
    "It is with extreme difficulty that I write to express and offer my sincere condolences and support to the Srivaddhanaprabha and wider King Power family. "The tragic and shocking events of Saturday evening have impacted the football world in such a profound way with the news of Khun Vichai’s passing. "His quiet yet authoritative aura, presence and personality have had an immeasurable influence on English football. "The leadership and managerial processes he instilled and encouraged within Leicester City over a sustained period of time has borne fruit in such a way that people throughout the world witnessed the impossible by seeing a club win the Premier League in the most incredible circumstances. "This most definitely ensured the belief that sporting miracles can happen. I have been privileged to manage both clubs owned by King Power, and at Oud-Heverlee Leuven in Belgium, have the task of building a club which can emulate King Power’s success in England. "My regret is that he will not see the fruition of his vision. It is an important point to remember that, with both clubs, he chose to invest in clubs with potential, to nurture a club with a soul and culture founded on sound values, rather than achieving a ‘quick fix’. "He has invested not just substantial financial support, but invested in the people and communities of these clubs. We here at Oud-Heverlee Leuven are still at an early stage, but the dual investment has been substantial. "On a personal level, a manager could not have wished for a better boss. I have, through both good and difficult times, been afforded an unwavering support which has been a huge motivator and, in personally difficult times, a huge comfort. "His warmth, humour and generosity have always been extended to my own family, something for which we will all be eternally grateful for. I will miss his guidance and wisdom – and certainly his mischievous sense of humour and singular chuckle! "Our thoughts, of course, must now be with Khun Vichai’s immediate family, as well as the King Power family, and I’m sure the wider football world will offer some solace for his loved ones. I will miss 'The Boss'."
  19. 67 points
    I think that Saturday finally signalled the end to our illustrious League winning Captain's certainty to a place in our starting lineup. He came from the hated Forest and played and played and played. Every game he wore his heart on his sleeve and put his body on the line. I don't think I've ever seen a player throw himself in front of so many goal headed shots to keep us in a game. You did us proud Wes and you probably became the most unlikely title winning captain in history. Thanks for everything. You are a Leicester city Legend.
  20. 66 points
  21. 66 points
    I was asked by The Fox fanzine to write an article about the recent tragic events at #lcfc from a personal and professional perspective. It appears in the latest issue of The Fox, which is available now. ----- “Helicopter has crashed outside.” Those words from a colleague flashed up on a text message at 8.40 that fateful Saturday night as journalists were finishing off their work in the press room. This had to be some kind of horrible hoax. A few us dashed around the side of the stadium and saw in the distance a raging inferno, fearsome flames leaping into the night sky, emergency vehicles flying past with loud voices telling everyone to get back, to move away. We returned to the media facilities where journalists, some very experienced, long-in-the-tooth hacks, were in a state of shock and visibly shaking. That couldn’t be the owners’ helicopter surely. It must be something else. The TV was on. Very soon, the breaking news strapline said it was the helicopter belonging to the people who owned Leicester City. We couldn’t believe what was happening. Nobody could survive a crash like that. And what about people in the surrounding areas, how many more people have been killed? It was a scene of utter confusion as we tried to make sense of it all. Leicester had drawn 1-1 with West Ham. Match reports and manager interviews about red cards, deflected goals and other stuff became completely irrelevant. How do we go about covering this horrific incident? We’re football reporters, not hard-nosed hacks who work on the front line in warzones. I was called on by my employers to provide live updates but information was limited. It’s important in these situations to report facts, to not over dramatize, to handle it with sensitivity. TV companies in Australia and America wanted me to describe what I’d seen and what we knew. In truth, we didn’t know much but we knew it was a massive tragedy. In amongst all this, I was getting messages left, right and centre from friends who had seen the awful news, assumed I’d be there working and wanted to know if I was safe. I was safe but I was in a mess. That night, and the days which followed, were the hardest of my professional life and I’ve been fortunate to do this stuff for almost 30 years. I was regularly called on by talkSPORT and other international TV and radio broadcasters to tell the story of what had happened and what the reaction was from the club, the fans, the city and the wider football family. On the Sunday, having had less than two hours sleep, it was some challenge to try and make sense of it all. We’d been told privately the owner was on board and that no-one had survived but because of no official confirmation we could only publicly highlight the dots without actually joining them. The club statement at 10pm wasn’t unexpected but that didn’t make it any easier to deal with. I had the unenviable task of breaking the news on talkSPORT which meant reading out the statement. I got to the final paragraph before emotion got the better of me. It wasn’t the first time and wasn’t the last over those few days where personal feelings cut deep into the broadcasting. You desperately want to do a professional job, to report the facts. But this was my club. Hearts were broken everywhere, mine included. I was part fan, part journalist. This was so difficult. Monday brought more tears as we gathered again at the stadium. I interviewed The Birch, he couldn’t hold it in. Everything was surreal. The tributes for our wonderful owner continued. National journalists wrote heartfelt pieces. This was front page as well as back page news. There were so many moments of kindness. The hotel by the stadium provided warmth and shelter and food and drink for us as we composed our difficult words. Two and a half years before, we came together at the KP the night Spurs imploded at Chelsea to confirm us as Premier League champions. We looked around at each other in sheer disbelief and hugged strangers. We did the same this time but for polar opposite reasons. From the highest high to the lowest low. There is no handbook for how you deal with horror like this. You report with gut instinct as adrenaline runs through your veins. You get some things right and some things wrong in live broadcasts. Ultimately it doesn’t matter greatly. There is a bigger issue, a monumental tragedy. It’s a dreadful situation for everyone. None of us wanted to be in the eye of this storm. The pats on the back and kind words from bosses, colleagues, listeners and football fans are of course tremendously humbling. But you feel guilty. It’s uncomfortable hearing praise for how you handled your job when the job entails reporting on such a terrible incident. An incident, for a Leicester fan especially, which is so painfully close to home. It affected me more than I should probably admit. Mentally it was brutal. I felt broken. We were all going to a game of football and not everyone made it home. My heart is with the friends and family of every person we lost. I hope they find some small crumb of comfort that the fans, the city and the wider football family poured out their love in support, to show we were united in grief. To show we were with them. The main positive from the gravest day in our club’s history was to tell the world about a great man. How he was no ordinary owner and no ordinary person. How he treated us as fans rather than purely as customers. We felt like we were his extended family. The number of tributes at the stadium showed how much we cared. The world quickly knew through these many column inches and hours of broadcasting just what we thought of him. As the darkness enveloped our hearts and minds, we were able to shine a powerful light on a truly special, generous and kind human being – Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. Geoff Peters, talkSPORT @mrgeoffpeters
  22. 65 points
    As a Spurs fan who's spent the day fearing the worst for a club legend, condolences for this shocking event. Hoping for a miracle for the passengers and that there were no casualties on the ground. Best wishes to everybody at LCFC tonight and in the coming days.
  23. 65 points
    All the best, Leo. You had some big big moments in your few years here.
  24. 64 points
    Absolute, Grade A legend. Whatever happens I wish him the very best. X
  25. 61 points
    I’ve this quite a lot since Sunday, and a fair bit in the media, now that we’re out of both cups. And I’d just like to say that that is complete bollocks! There is everything to play for! We are secretly having an excellent season. We’re 7th in the Premier League. With the FIFTH best defence! AND the 3rd most clean sheets! And now we’ve got no distractions from either cup. With one of the youngest squads in the league. And a manager with a reputation for developing youth. So let’s cut out the persistent negativity. We have a very, very bright future. Let’s get behind Claude and the lads for the remainder of this season. Let’s help consolidate our position and push for the Europa League. For Vichai. Cheers.
  26. 61 points
    It's a harrowing read and something I've been through. I lost £10,000 in less than 30 minutes a few months ago and finally hit rock bottom. I'm now doing everything humanely possible to abstain from gambling long term, it's not going to be easy but I'm very serious this time. It's no longer something I'm keeping to myself, they call gambling the secret addiction and it is. You can just sit at home or whilst your waiting for your missus in a shop, gambling your head off and causing untold misery to yourself and everyone around you in seconds. A lot of these online bookmakers don't have any limits either, unless you start winning a wedge and they'll soon restrict you. I lost a significant amount of money back in 2013 and remember at the time posting on here about how I needed to stop gambling but truth be told, I didn't want to know. I was just hurting that I'd lost all that money and needed the pain to go away, you'll agree to anything to try and stop the agony. I didn't do anything other than tell myself if I ever gamble again i'll devastate myself, I didn't tell anybody close to me who could help put barriers in place, I didn't tell my now wife how much I'd lost and what I'd been up to. So I ploughed on, on my own and managed to go nearly 2 years through determination not to bet or gamble on anything. But nothing changed in my mindset, I was still only one bet away from falling back in to the heinous habit that I had. After a while, if nothing has changed to your thought process or character, then the pain of what you did previously will subside and the exciting feelings of gambling and the holy grail of a big win will come back and fill your every waking thought. That's where my problem has been since early adulthood, I'm immature about money and life. Any problems or stress and the release of gambling and the potential to win big money would make everything better, when what a load of bollocks that is. A) I had/have no regard for money anyway so why would a load of it suddenly make everything right in the world and B) I am a compulsive gambler and any big win would only lead to bigger problems later down the line. But I'd always daydream about winning big as a way of coping with mundane life, unfulfillment at work and general day to day worries about money etc. I wasn't living in the real world, it was all fantasy as a way of escaping from whatever problems I had under the surface. It was a childish way of dealing with things, in fact that's being unfair to children. It was a moronic and warped way of life and mentality, only now that I'm learning about the triggers and how I've got to this point do I understand what needs to be done to permanently change for the better in my life long pursuit to a gambling free life. I go to GA and have recently started counselling through Gamcare (who are brilliant by the way) and it's still early days but I'm quietly confident i'll beat this. I no longer keep all of this to myself, I've been brutally honest to my wife, my best pals and my family and although they were horrified and it didn't make much sense, they have all been brilliant. I believe in honesty 100%, as a gambler you lie constantly. You lie to yourself, you lie to others, you're a selfish bastard and nothing gets in the way of that roulette wheel or that horse or dog shit conference south team you're waiting on 10+ corners for. I am open and speak about how I'm feeling and this is key for me to change, as soon as I stop being honest and keep all of this to myself, it's easy to slip back in to the world of gambling. I have banned myself from all online betting sites, I have software on all devices that add a further barrier just in case, I've cancelled credit cards, overdrafts and am banned from bookies, casinos, the whole nine yards. My wife has access to all my finances to ensure I'm not being a complete cretin. There's no going back. Truth be told, I still miss the buzz of gambling which is scandalous, given the sickening feeling that I can barely describe from the obscene losses I've had. But it's a twisted addiction and the anarchy and chaos of being thousands of pounds down and staring in to the abyss of financial devastation only to win it all back is a scarily powerful and alluring feeling. I can deal with any brief and fleeting twinge of missing gambling because I've built up a resistence to it's very being. I can never allow that to change, I view gambling as evil and I'm disgusted with the way I was living my life. I've got a son who's 2 and a half and I was risking his future by being a stupid idiot. I am aware it's a disease of sorts but I'm allowing myself no excuses for it, it just fuels my focus on changing the future. I can't change the past, the damage I've done, the money I've lost is gone, there's no point even going over it. It's the absolute pits of a thing to be caught up in. Anyway, if anyone else is suffering from the grips of gambling and haven't yet been able to reach out for help, please do before you cause yourself and your loved ones a lot of pain. Send me a DM if you want any advice on where to go for help, there's some amazing people and organisations out there who care. The government are finally having to accept this epidemic that the gambling industry is causing too. FOBT's in bookies are soon to be, if not already reduced from £100 spins down to £2 spins. Addicts will find their fix from somewhere but at least it's making it harder to do severe financial damage at the click of a button. Life is worth more than this. Don't be a pleb like me
  27. 61 points
    It is true that the reason for our encouragement to Leicester is the presence of Mahrez but we will continue to encourage this team which for us represents the challenge of the poor for the rich in football and good luck for the team and we hope to qualify for the European League next year Thank you for offering an Algerian player to the world We apologize for any comments or comments on the pages and forums of the team by the Algerians
  28. 60 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 59 points
    https://www.coachesvoice.com/nigel-pearson-leicester-city/ Nigel Pearson Leicester City, 2008-10, 2011-15 I’m not somebody who shares my emotions a lot. That’s even more the case when it comes to my final season at Leicester City. Because of the way it finished, it was a difficult time for us as a family. It’s not the way you’d choose for your time at a club to end, but it’s one of those things you can’t change. A lot of it, I’ve just tried to move on from. It’s a part of my life that’s happened now. I know my part in Leicester’s history, but that’s all it is now. It’s history. You move on because you have to. It was the same when I retired from playing. I knew I needed to stop – the last few years I’d played an awful lot of games with injuries. But was I psychologically ready to walk away? I don’t think I was, to be honest. Because of the type of player I’d been – or, at least, the type other people perceived me to be – there was an expectation that I would go into management. I wasn’t sure. Didn’t know whether I would do it, whether I could do it, or whether I’d have the opportunity. I found the expectation a bit of a burden. There was a part of me that didn’t want to do it because of that. John Parkin/Allsport A few months after I retired, a phone call from the owner of Carlisle United – a club battling to stay in the Football League – changed that. Sometimes, you just have to weigh things up and then take a risk. I look back at that season with a lot of fondness. One of the things that struck me – and I still look out for this now – was the humility of the players. I’d just finished playing at Middlesbrough (above), a club that had spent millions on building an amazing training ground. Now I was working at a place where, every morning, my assistant John Halpin had to ring round to try and find somewhere for us to go and train. Before each session, we’d go around picking dog shit up, to make sure it was clear for the players to train. Yes, I found the job difficult, because I was inexperienced and you could ask if I was really ready for it. But if you always wait for the perfect opportunity, are you ever going to get it? You couldn’t teach what I learned in the five months I was there. It was certainly a close shave, though. One that could have been a lot more damaging if it hadn’t been for a goalkeeper scoring a winning goal in the fifth minute of added time in our last game of the season to save us from relegation. It was another 10 years before my story with Leicester began. By then I’d been an assistant at Stoke City, West Brom and Newcastle. Had a fulfilling experience as a coach educator for the Football Association. And gone back into management at Southampton – somewhere I could see myself staying for a long while. But when you’re involved in management, you have to come to terms with the fact it’s not if you’re going to get the sack or leave. It’s when. Sometimes there’s a natural sequence of events where it feels right to go, or there’s a recognition that it’s gone as far as it can. Occasionally, things end before you’re ready for them to. They’re the ones that are more difficult to come to terms with. Dean Mouhtaropoulos via Getty Images for The Coaches' Voice At Southampton, there was a boardroom takeover. The chairman who came in wanted me to apply for the job I already had. We spoke about it over the phone, and I made my feelings clear. We were on a family holiday in Cyprus shortly afterwards, when I found out what that conversation meant. The kids found out first, though. I was sitting by the pool when they came running out. “Dad, you’ve been sacked!” The news was all over Sky. We just laughed about it because it was something I expected. But those are the type of things that do affect how you think and operate from time to time. While I was at Southampton, Leicester were relegated to the third tier for the first time in their history. I became the sixth manager they’d had in 16 months, and I could sense it from the moment I went in – not just from the players but some of the staff, too. It was that feeling of: “I’ve heard it all before.” If managers come and go so quickly, people go into survival mode. It becomes very difficult to ask them to pin their loyalty to your way of working. If you’re going to be gone in six months, why should they side with you? Everything is written in chalk, and they’ll wipe it off when you’re gone. It’s not straightforward to get people to change those attitudes. For that, you need a bit of patience. Believing in what you do is one thing, but believing in what may be happening over a period of time is more difficult. It’s something I’m experiencing again now, in my role at OH Leuven in Belgium. It’s not easy for people who are involved in it to get it, or believe it, or think it’s the way forward. And you can’t force it. Change is inevitable, but there are subtleties to how you do it. Sometimes you need a strong hand and sometimes it requires more of a subtle touch. I was fortunate at Leicester, in that I inherited some outstanding staff at the club, as well as an open mentality. When you work at places where you don’t have that, you realise it’s a huge gift. The nucleus of senior players was good, and we brought in some young ones with the drive and desire to do well. It was a good blend. One that took us straight back up to the Championship. That first year was probably the most enjoyable season I’ve had in football – certainly as a manager. For all of us, it was a season in which we grew. That’s a bit of a crap word to use, but it’s probably the right one. Our first season in the Championship ended with all the staff putting the season to bed with a couple of drinks in my father-in-law’s pub. We’d lost to Cardiff on penalties in the semi finals of the playoffs. Unfortunately for me, that was my first stint at Leicester over. On that occasion, it was my decision. Things happened off the field that I wasn’t particularly happy with. It was probably a bit of bloodymindedness by me, but there are moral dilemmas I won’t back down on. I decided it was time for a change. Dean Mouhtaropoulos When I went back almost 18 months later, I walked into a Leicester City that was under new ownership and with a playing squad that had changed hugely from when I left. On paper, all of us agreed: good side. But we quickly found out that the reason it was a good squad of players that weren’t getting results was because they were precisely that – a good squad on paper. We recognised pretty quickly that we needed to change things, both in terms of the players and the culture. Sometimes you can only change the culture by changing the players. It’s something that evolves over a period of time, which can be one of the difficult things as a manager. It’s not always just about the results – you can get quite low when you can’t see a shift in the mentality. We got there in the end, but it took patience. A manager’s best work is often done when the results are shit. When everybody else is moaning – that’s when you’re probably doing your best work. The summer after I went back to Leicester, we signed Jamie Vardy. He was coming into the professional game late from non-league. We’d spent a million quid on him, but my expectations of him being game-effective in the first year were relatively realistic. He has said himself that he struggled with self-doubt in that first season. We had to find a way of helping him through that. It’s difficult to get the balance right of knowing when to keep a player playing through a bad spell. In cricket, there’s a school of thought that batsmen have to play themselves back into form. There is an element of that with footballers, too. If a player has a bit of a difficult time and knows he’ll be taken out of the firing line every time, then all you ever have is a player who’s either in form, or one who’s in a total loss of form. Ian MacNicol/AFP/Getty Images Strikers judge themselves by how many goals they score. You can say: “You’re doing exactly what we need when we don’t have the ball.” But it’s hard for them to believe. It is a calculated risk sometimes when you say: “I’m going to keep playing you.” It could have backfired with Jamie, but we believed he could manage it. That season, we lost narrowly in the playoff semi finals again. My message to everyone – staff and players – after that game was simple: make sure that, when you come back, the disappointment is gone. None of us – me included – could come back with anything other than a positive intent for the season. If we returned with any lack of clarity as to what we needed to do, we’d have had a nightmare. From the first day back, we talked about promotion. That’s what everybody expects you to get, so why be afraid of it? We started that season well, but it was around Christmas that we really hit the run of form that got us promoted. Between mid-December and April, we didn’t lose a single game. Gaining momentum is hard but, once you’ve got it, it’s about not messing around with things too much. We used to work at what we did: we’d plan for what we’d do in games. But, if I’m honest, one of the big things in that season was feeling that the players were confident. We’re not talking about technical stuff here. We’re talking about managing the mood, allowing people to feel good and drive it themselves. What they need from the staff is structure, and the belief that what we are doing is alright. Michael Regan/Getty Images I thought we’d do better in the Premier League the following season than we did. We’d constructed a team that we thought was good enough to get there. One we thought might be good enough once we were in it, too. Some of the games we expected to do better in, we drew. We were losing at home. At times, it was a struggle to find a rhythm that allowed us to win games. In every league in the world, when you go from the second division to the top, you get punished by players who have that extra bit of quality. Even in tight games when we played pretty well, we just couldn’t get over the line. All year, we knew we were competitive – but we were losing by the odd goal and sitting bottom of the league. At times, my position came under intense scrutiny. I suppose you cope in different ways. Publicly, I obviously didn’t manage it very well. People might argue differently, but I will say that one of my strengths is to manage under pressure. Everybody has a saturation point, though. I was in the pub having a drink with my mates when the story of me being sacked went around. And I was back in work the next day. Those are the type of things you just have to deal with. You have to try and get some sort of perspective as to what it actually means. It’s a job. I’m very careful with the words I use: I don’t say I love it. There are parts of it I do really enjoy. There are parts of it that stimulate me intensely. There are things that really irritate me about it. Things about myself that irritate me. But you have to come to terms with who you are and what you are. I don’t try to impose what I believe as being the most important things on how other people work. Likewise, I don’t expect them to do that to me. You have to try and do it in a way you feel comfortable with. One that you believe in, and is appropriate to the people you work with. One of the beauties of football is there are lots of different ways of finding success. Michael Regan/Getty Images The way it finished at Leicester didn’t sit right with me, and I don’t believe it did with Khun Vichai [Srivaddhanaprabha – the former owner of Leicester City and chairman of King Power, who own OH Leuven], either. So, when we agreed to meet and discuss the role here at Leuven – just the two of us, with no agents involved – it was very personable. Very straightforward. I think at times I must have been somewhat of a conundrum for him, as my stubbornness and forthrightness on football matters was always balanced by my absolute respect for him as my superior. I will always be eternally grateful to Khun Vichai (above) for the opportunity to reconnect and work together a second time. His love for quality wine is, I think, well-known. He once presented me with an incredibly expensive bottle, which at the time I was almost embarrassed to accept. He insisted and told me to celebrate with it. I still have it. I have never really known how I would celebrate with such a prized gift. But I do now. I will open it and savour it with my family. We will toast the fact that we are all grateful that our paths have crossed with Khun Vichai, and our lives are all that much fuller for the experience. I will miss him. Indeed, we all will. People assume that I’m here in Leuven to find a job back in England. But it’s just about me in the here and now – I’m enjoying this because I’m here doing it. Will I work back in England one day? I don’t know. I couldn’t tell you. But I’m sure that, if it happens, I will be better equipped because I’ll have had another experience that gives a bit more variety and a different perspective on how I view things. You move on because you have to. Nigel Pearson
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    Farewell Danny. He was an absolute beast in that title winning season.
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    I classed myself as this after Man City, I was really annoyed but since then his tactics have been absolutely spot on and I've been delighted, we've beaten Everton, Chelsea and Man City and lost to Cardiff which could easily have gone the other way. His switch to three in central midfield was something no one on here suggested and it's been brilliant, even bringing through Hamza who now looks to me a better option than Mendy or Ndidi given the choice. What is really annoying is now those who wanted him out saying "it's the players" when we win but "it's the manager" when we lose - pathetic argument and echoes the morons saying the same about Pearson/Cambiasso. He makes mistakes, which manager doesn't? - but there is nothing better out there at the minute and he's bringing the youth players into a team that wins us matches. I'm happy to give him some time to build this team. He has ideas that I like, Ricardo and Chilwell are looking superb and I genuinely think we are only a couple of players away from a very good team. We are also 7th. I think people need to reflect on that. 7th best team in the country.
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    ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!?!??!!!!!!
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    Massive respect to the fans of other clubs taking the time to sign up on here and offer their thoughts and condolences. It's much appreciated and just shows the football family puts all rivalries to one side at times like this. Bless you all.
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    Leonardo Ulloa has thanked the Blue Army for their support over the four years he has been at the Club, following Sunday's confirmation of his transfer to Mexican side Pachuca. More on this story... Leonardo Ulloa Joins Mexican Side Pachuca Top Ulloa Goals - https://www.lcfc.com/tv/805317/top-ulloa-goals Leo wrote... I am a Premier League champion. Thanks to Leicester City Football Club. I came to this Club four years ago and a lot of things have happened. Above all, we have achieved together the greatest success in the Club’s history. Things come to an end now for me at this Club as a better possibility has arisen elsewhere. We’ve decided to part company in the understanding that this is the best both for the Club and for myself. I want to thank everyone at the Club, from the guys at reception, stewards, kitchen staff at the training ground canteen, my team-mates, the Club’s owner and officials and the different managers and assistants we’ve had in this period. Thanks to all those who have taken part in my life while at the Club and I’m sorry if I’ve missed anyone. And, of course, the Club’s fans. It’s been a fantastic time with you, where you’ve made me feel welcomed and loved from day one. Even when my relationship with the Club was in a difficult place, you made me feel your support and your care. Thank you. We have done something fantastic together and you are part of some of the greatest moments of my life. I wish the best of luck to all Leicester fans and to the Club from now as life goes on. See you soon. Leonardo Ulloa (23) https://www.lcfc.com/news/805320/leo-says-farewell
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    Another immortal bites the dust if true. I suppose it was about time, he’s had a good run. Whatever you say about the guy he’ll live forever fondly in the memory of many a city fan including myself.
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    According to this stat he should be considered the greatest footballer OF ALL TIME but because he plays for little ****ing Leicester the media will never tell you. According to my calculations that’s a goal every 3.6 minutes. A hat-trick every 10. 25 goals a match! One of the best ever footballers in the world.
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    All of us stayed in our seats though and paid our respects. What if his actions led to hundreds of others doing the same? We are all eternally grateful and thankful but there is a way of doing things, and running to a grieving man over a barrier doesn’t strike me as comforting. If you look at the letter he got he’s been banned for two months, which will be ended if he meets the security team on 29th December, not a season long ban or a banning order. The club are spot on in my view
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    I'd be all for it as he'd have his summers free from tournaments and will get a good rest.
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    My favourite stat after today
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    Sat in East stand, and am I the only one who finds booing the team unacceptable.....two fantastic wins, if Vardy scores at Palace instead of hitting the post we probably win, if Maddison scores penalty today we probably win. Those incidents are not Puels fault.....in any way shape or form. So if you were one of the moaning booing ****ers stfu. Please.
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    It's time for another Tactics thread! At the end of 2018 Leicester had a very tricky run of games featuring Tottenham Hotspur at home, Man City at home twice in both the cup and the league and Chelsea away. However, despite these difficult looking games, Leicester picked up 6 points and took Man City to penalties in the cup game. How did they do this? Well a lot of it was down to improved performances from key players but without any shadow of a doubt a major reason was Claude Puel's switch in system from 4-2-3-1 to 4-3-3. In this post, I'm going to break down what the 4-3-3 is, how we play it and how it's performing. Before I start though, it's worth having a quick glance at the previous thread which looked into the 4-2-3-1 system that Puel favours. This is because despite our success with the "new" system, in every game Puel has switched back to the 4-2-3-1 at some point. But without any further ado, I give to you the 433! Background The 433 has been around for a very long time... so long in fact that it's difficult to say who invented it. However, it's a system that when played with the right personnel is exceptionally effective and is often deployed by "bigger" teams who have lots of resources and are expected to go out and win games every week. The current Premier League leaders Liverpool deploy this system, and it was also famously used by Jose Mourinho at Chelsea when he first joined the Premier League. Manchester United (think of the team with Ronaldo, Rooney and Tevez up front) and Arsenal among many others have also used the system in the past. Barcelona also very famously used this system when Guardiola was in charge, but I am going to leave them out of the discussion because they are a rather unique case. What’s the idea behind it? In possession, the 4-3-3 allows at least 7 players to attack, as the wide forwards squeeze the defence, the full-backs come up behind them and two of the central midfielders push forward with one sitting back to help the centre backs. When played correctly, this is one of the most attacking formations possible. A good 4-3-3 has the benefit of "strangling" the play the other team has. This comes from combining two elements, a three man central midfield which typically dominates possession via passing triangles and three strikers who can press high up the pitch. who win the ball back quickly to start a counter transition. Opponents find it hard to get the ball and hard to keep it. Midfielders can´t get a hold of the ball and are pressured quickly when they do as the midfield area is congested. Additionally defenders are faced with three men pressing them and there are no easy balls to the wings when the full-backs push up. A fully-functioning offensive 4-3-3 is like the tide against a sandcastle - it might take a while, but it's gonna break through the defences eventually. Now you might be thinking "but hang on in all of the games we've played this system, we've had very little possession" and you would be right! And we will cover why that is a little bit later on. Player Roles Key to this formation are the wide forwards, that flank the lone central striker. These players are all-round attacking players with pace and shooting ability, who use their speed on the wings before cutting in towards goal. Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane are outstanding examples. Leicester start games with Marc Albrighton and James Maddison in these positions, though James Maddison is a special case we will cover a bit later. Other players who crop up in these positions include Demari Gray, Rachid Ghezzal and even Ricardo. The lone striker himself has a very challenging role. They need to drop deep to drag defenders away and leave space for the wide forwards, as well as link play between the two forward facing midfielders of the midfield 3. Though it helps if this player is physically strong to be able to hold up the ball and threaten from aerial crosses, it's not a necessity. Lionel Messi is very diminutive but plays as the furthest forward player for Barcelona and in the Premier League, Liverpool's Roberto Firminho is six foot exactly. Tall, but not exactly towering over other players. In this system, this position is of course played by Jamie Vardy, though on occasion Kelechi Ihenacho and even Demari Gray play in this role. We then have a midfield three of whom two usually play a little further forward on offence, but all of whom sit back and defend together when defending. Ideally the striker is aided by at least two of the central midfielders. Those central midfielders form a tight triangle in the middle of the pitch and often fall into the roles of ‘creator-destroyer-passer', to attack, defend and maintain possession. Some midfielders combine all of those elements but a well-balanced midfield is key to the formation. THe two players that get forward of the three in Puel's system are Wilfred Ndidi and Hamza Choudhury. One of the three midfielders has a more defensive role of the three. They usually sit back and play just in front of the two centre backs to form a shield if the team loses possession. This player also drops back when the team has the ball in their defensive third to help the team pass their way out of trouble and to make a triangle option for the centre backs to pass to. Now you might expect from the graphic above and with his physical nature that Ndidi would play this position, but you would be wrong! It's actually performed by Nampalys Mendy or Vicente Iborra. These players need to be assured passers of the ball and with the slight of foot to be able to deal with pressure from opposition forwards who will pressure them and is an essential role in the team. Finally with a compact central midfield, the full-backs are fully expected to join the attack and move into the huge amounts of space ahead of them due to the high positioning of the wide forwards. These players need to be super fit because they need to get up and down the flanks all day long. Fortunately we are blessed in having two superb full-backs in Ben Chilwell and Ricardo. 4-3-3: The Leicester City Way Now as mentioned before, our system is quite a bit different to a regular 4-3-3. That's because instead of using it as a "on the front foot" tactic, we've applied a typical Leicester City slant to it and instead use it to counter attack. Or at least we appear to start this way and then try to be more front footed after the game matures such as the recent performance against Chelsea. In our system, rather than high pressing in the opposition box, we actually sit off them until they get into our half. This is because against the teams we have been playing against they have used styles which involve heavy possession and also use full backs that bomb on. We are trying the classic Leicester "rope-a-dope" tactic as we want the opposition to leave huge gaps in behind their full backs so that our front three and our own full backs can run into this space when the ball is turned over. ^Here against Man City we see that we have let Man City have possession without pressure on the halfway line. Vardy is actually occupying Gundogan and not Laporte, and neither Delph or Danillo are under heavy pressure from Albrighton or Maddison. However, look at how compact our midfield three are, Ndidi, Mendy and Choudhury are almost in a straight line and there is less than 10 yards between each player. This is an attempt to congest the midifeld space so that the opposition has to pass it out wide. However, one note of caution in this passage of play is that Kevin De Bruyne has drifted between the lines and is behind Mendy. Man City would go onto score in this passage of play through some excellent midfield passing. ^ Against Chelsea we see a defensive block when Chelsea are on the attack. Notice again how close our midfield three are and that Mendy is the furthest back of the three. A slight mistake here is that Ricardo is getting attracted to the ball leaving Hazard space behind him and Wes has stepped up trying to play an offside trap but is one step ahead of Maguire. In this passage of play, Hazard received the ball and forces Kasper into a smart save. ^ Another example of our defensive block and once again look at the midfield three. Again all within 10 yards of one another and compressing play. Chelsea are again trying to feed Hazard here, but he is offside but the faintest of margins. ^ This is from the first game in which we tried these tactics. In this game Iborra was the sitting midfielder whereas Ndidi and Mendy were more forward minded. However, in this game we barely laid a glove on Spurs as they ran rampant and ended up comfortably winning the game 2-0. The big switch from this game was putting in Hamza Choudhury over Iborra and moving Mendy to the sitting role. Puel probably wanted a player with a better engine to cover more ground as his lesson he learned from this defeat. ^ Here we are on the attack, or more specifically the counter. Ndidi has stolen the ball from Man City and sets up a fast break. This time observe that Mendy is slightly behind Ndidi and Hamza as the "sitter" whilst Chilwell is on the deck after a physical battle versus Danillo who is also floored. I love this freeze frame of James Maddison as it typifies the man. Unlike a regular 4-3-3, Maddison drifts centrally into almost a classic number 10 role whereas Albrighton plays wider. Here he has already found space, is showing for the ball and demanding it from Ndidi. I highly recommend watching this passage of play for some vintage Maddison who after receiving the ball, lets it drift across him to get us on the front foot and plays the key pass that leads to the goal. However, also notice that whilst this was a case of "getting it right," Puel switched back to 4-2-3-1 after 30 minutes. This is because though Maddison was posing an offensive threat, by drifting inside he was allowing Man City far too much room on their right hand side and Sterling was threatening consistently. In some ways we are lucky that Kyle Walker was not playing as the two together might have been a better combination. Thus Puel changed it so Maddison could remain a threat in the middle, but by going 4-2-3-1 forced Man City into playing it centrally and using less wide play. Man City definitely got more of the ball centrally in the second half as a result, but the tactical change worked out well as Man City didn't really create a clear cut opening whilst Leicester created several. ^ A little later in the same move and we see some excellent forward three play. In fact perhaps the best play we have seen from all three all season! Vardy has been superb here, he has dragged FOUR players with him leaving Albrighton one on one with Delph, who he tricks with a checked run. Maddison has been superb here too, after playing in Vardy he has followed up, meaning that Vardy could lay it off to him if needed. But it's Vardy who gets 10/10 for this move for not only has drifted into space but has the superb game sense and "picture" to play a beautiful cross into Albrighton who heads home brilliantly for 1-1. Here is the full goal (whilst it lasts): https://streamja.com/Lo3K ^ Now we are looking at a replay of the attacking move that led to Vardy's goal against Chelsea. Here we again see the Midfield 3 who guess what... are about 10 yards from one another with Mendy the "sitter." But here on the break it's the superb Ricardo driving at 3 players with Maddison drifting centrally into space to act as the key creative fulcrum. And of course Vardy is being Vardy and sniffing out the space to apply a finish. Here is the full goal (whilst it lasts): https://streamja.com/1KZ2 Thoughts and Conclusions You'd have to say the switch to a 4-3-3 has proved to be a tactical masterstroke. Whilst it was largely ineffective against Tottenham, it has been electric in the other matches thanks to the timely introduction of Hamza Choudhury. His engine and speed means that the midfield three can provide high energy when the ball gets into our third and cause the opposition problems. Whilst Hamza was eventually substituted versus Man City it was only because we changed to a 4-2-3-1 and Puel wanted a player who could drive at Fabian Delph to stop him coming forwards. And even then, Hamza did a good job as a makeshift right winger! So you'd have to say that versus possession heavy teams who play a 4-3-3 or variation that this is a very useful tactic to use. I personally expect to see it used away to Everton and think they may struggle to deal with our midfield three. However, it's notable that we played a largely defensive version of this tactic and to question if it will work against a team that sits back like Cardiff or Burnley. In theory even if those teams sit back we should still be able to cause them problems as both Ndidi and Hamza have been getting forwards in recent games and both have almost scored. Liverpool play the same system and score a lot of goals. Of course, they have a world class front three in Mane, Salah and Firminho and it's in those positions where we may fall short. Overall though it's been great to see these new tactics in use. Not only have they led to some truly fantastic results, they have also given us a "Plan B" we can use and also led to yet another academy player coming through and making an impact. I also think that Puel deserves a lot of credit for not only making this change when no one was begging for a 4-3-3 but also in all of the games to change it back when needed. Each time it has successfully changed the dynamic of the game and in beating the last two Premier League champions, really given us all a wonderful festive period . Hopefully it marks our turning of the corner and leading onto a European charge next year!
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    Today for me is a sad day to see Andy King excluded from our 25 man squad for the 2018/19 season effectively ending his Leicester city career it seems. King seems to have divided a lot of fans over the years but one thing nobody can deny is the fact he has been a loyal servant to the club's for years which is incredibly rare these days. For that he has gained many supporters respect. From making his debut in the championship and dropping down to league one and climbing back uoto where we are today he has been on that journey with the club in its most successful period ever and he has played a crucial role over the years at times. Winners medals at league one , championship, and Premiership and out most capped international ever. Reaching the highs that we have his opportunities has been fee and far between bit being the club man he is he has never complained just got his head down and got on with it. I wish him luck wherever his next club will be if it's in coaching or still playing or both. For me a real Leicester legend.
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    Me and my mate are in Bangkok at the minute and we've just been to the shrine where Vichai is laying. There's huge preparation works being done for his cremation at the moment. Went there in my shirt (it's absolutely roasting here) to see the shrine, etc. But we were really lucky and one of Vichai's workers came over and told us that Top was currently in the room visiting his dad and that if we waited a few minutes he would come out and we could go and visit too. Top came out and left in his car with his security and we were allowed to go and pay our respects. The room was beautiful with a very grand gold pagoda type coffin and the lovely picture of Vichai that we've seen down at the KP. We knelt and bowed and signed the book and then left. Now having a cold Chang on the balcony of our hotel. What a special priviliage and amazing that we were there exactly as Top was as well. Wow!
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    We were outside of the Premier League for 10 seasons between 2004 and 2014. Perhaps we all take it for granted these days, but I don't! 40 points is a landmark number and well worth the odd tipple to celebrate to. Come on you foxes, hope you all have a good one tonight as we can look forward to another season in the league, and with a young and exciting squad led by a capable manager to boot!
  48. 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!
  49. 54 points
    As a Forest fan I never thought I would ever be compelled to sign up to a Leicester forum. I watched with a tinge of envy and a great deal of admiration for what Vichai did for your club, delivering an impossible dream and from stories I’ve heard about the man, being an absolutely wonderful gentleman to boot. When i I heard the news last night I was getting ready for a party, and it stopped me dead in my tracks. I cried and prayed for another impossible miracle. Football rivalry means absolutely nothing at a time like this. We are a community, a family, and at this moment in time we are all Leicester. Love and condolences to Vichai, his family, friends and to each and everyone of you as well 😥💙
  50. 54 points
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