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  1. Until this season his distribution had ben improving - it was never a strong point. It would appear the coaching staff are telling him to always build from the back and this is leading to mistakes. It also doesn't hel with Vardy being so isolated should he be thnking of the long ball
  2. Both these were outstanding v Liverpool...
  3. Jimmy Anderson had said before the test he thought England had insufficient games before the start of the series.. With 2 two day practices (and I think they were 12 a side) he was right. This has happened over so many away test series going back a quite a number of years. To quote a line from an old Pete Seeger song "When will they ever learn?"
  4. Just 100 days to save Coventry - from Coventry local paper :" English Football League has warned the club it will not be allowed to leave the city again if it fails to agree a deal to stay at its home ground." I hope compromises are made - a League 1 team with regular home attendaces of over 11,000 deseves a football team
  5. Article in the Guardian below. I have highlighted his statement when appointed - it seems the only time he wants to counter attack is palying better teams who are constantly pressing. It would seem teams know how to play us at home. . Puel remains the favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave his job, which may come as a surprise to those whose knowledge of Leicester begins and ends with their position in the table: eighth. The assumption that tends to follow is that any disgruntled Leicester supporters have ideas above their station, fuelled by that 5,000-1 triumph three years ago, and now expect to challenge for the title every season. The truth is rather different and has more to do with what they are paying to watch. To put it bluntly – and many Southampton supporters will probably be nodding their heads when they get to the end of this sentence – the football at home has been dull under Puel on far too many occasions to remember. As for the results, it is hard to sugarcoat statistics that show Puel’s record is worse than the man who was sacked to make way for him. Craig Shakespeare averaged 1.38 points per game, Leicester scored more goals than they conceded while he was in charge and they won as many games as they lost. Puel averages 1.35 points per game, Leicester have lost more matches than they have won under him and their goal difference is negative. Bearing in mind that Shakespeare was told to clear his desk after eight months because the club felt “a change is necessary to keep the club moving forward – consistent with the long-term expectations of our supporters, board and owners”, it is little wonder Puel’s position continues to be the subject of so much scrutiny. Where, say his critics, is the progress? An alternative take would be – and there are fans who remain firmly behind Puel – that the 54-year-old should be cut some slack. Those with a foot in the Frenchman’s camp say he deserves credit for giving youngsters a platform to thrive – Ben Chilwell in particular – that the loss of Riyad Mahrez to Manchester City last summer should not be overlooked, and that allowances ought to be made for the emotional fallout in the wake of the helicopter crash in October that claimed the lives of five people, including Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, Leicester’s owner. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. The reality is that Leicester were unconvincing on the pitch before that tragedy. Indeed, Puel was straying into slightly awkward territory last week when he rounded on his critics and suggested that people had short memories when it comes to what the club has been through. “It was a fantastic feeling to move on and respect the memory of Vichai and his dream,” he said. “Now we have some things and words about finishing seventh or eighth, it is crazy. People forget quickly.” The focus on the league position is a red herring – Puel did not lose his job at Southampton because they finished eighth; it was the style of football, the lack of goals – only 41 in 38 matches – and his failure to galvanise the fanbase and players that did for him. The similarities at Leicester are striking. Leicester have scored only 13 goals at the King Power Stadium all season, they have lost three of their past four home matches, including back-to-back defeats against relegation strugglers Cardiff and Southampton, and were dumped out of the FA Cup by Newport County a fortnight ago. Puel during his Leicester City press conference on Thursday. Photograph: Plumb Images/Leicester City via Getty Images Arguably as worrying as all the facts and figures is that even now, 15 months after his appointment, it is hard to discern any clear identity in the way that Leicester play under Puel. On the day he was presented as manager, Puel talked about how it was “difficult for Leicester to have been playing for three or four years with a counterattack and just this system. It’s important to have other answers … my work is to build the players up to have these options and solutions.” Yet if it was Puel’s intention to turn Leicester into more of a possession-based team at times, or at the very least make the players comfortable with an alternative approach, there is no evidence it has worked. For Southampton’s visit last Saturday, Puel started with three defensive midfielders against a team in the relegation zone. Despite playing with an extra man for 45 minutes and enjoying 72% possession, Leicester struggled to create chances and resorted to pumping hopeful crosses into the area that played into the hands of Jannik Vestergaard and Jan Bednarek. Remarkably, those two Southampton defenders headed the ball clear as many times (14) as Jamie Vardy touched it in 90 minutes. Forget the superhero outfit that Leicester’s leading scorer wore to training on Thursday; a stepladder would have been more use against Southampton. The way that match panned out was predictable in many respects. Leicester’s win ratio under Puel is as low as 29% (W9 D9 L13) when they have more of the ball than their opponents. It climbs to as high as 50% (W10 D3 L7) when they surrender possession, which is why facing Chelsea and Manchester City in the space of four days around Christmas suited them. That is not to take anything away from those results – hugely impressive 1-0 and 2-1 victories respectively – but more to illustrate how playing on the counterattack remains Leicester’s best hope of picking up points. A game at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday is a blessing for that reason and it would be no surprise if Leicester get a positive result. Yet even if that turns out to be the case, the debate about Puel’s future is unlikely to go away and it would be naive for anyone to think Leicester’s board have not been asking questions of their own. It feels as though it has got to the stage where a parting of the ways is inevitable in the summer at the latest, when the potential availability of Brendan Rodgers and Rafael Benítez alters the managerial landscape. Perhaps the bigger question is whether the bookies will be forced to pay out before then.
  6. Huddersfield overachieved whilst he was in charge, but even in the season they were promoted Huddersfield barely averaged more than a goal a game. It seems unlikely he would be sufficient improvement on Puel and not much more charisma.
  7. Ok, if you get past the title, I ask why can't we wear blue unless there is a clash? If,as has been suggested, adidas want 3 kits for commecial reasons (is that right) how about a different style/design of blue shirt for the away kit? The third kit would be another colour Perhaps. But that does not mean only dealing with one issue at a time. Any club,organisation has many projects on-going at the same time. Multi-tasking in the corporate world...
  8. Qas the white kit worn v Newport the FA cup away kit? I was unsure why we played in this.Having said that, I prefer to the grey kit which I dislike. White would be my choice of away kit, possibly with yelllow as second choice. However, I think we should always wear blue for away games unless we cannot because of a clash wih the home team. What do you think? Would City agree to a poll of fans before choosing the away colours for next season?
  9. Firstly, with regards to the finances, that is a hypothetical position to take. It would depend on much higher we finished in PL as a consequence of playing a weakened team. (Probably not much difference - will 1 game make much difference). For example, if we got to quarter final, it would probably be similar to finishing 2 places higher, given extra tv revenue. Secondly, momentum and confidence is important in any sport. Quite possible, a good cup run would help league form, particularly as there are no European games to play. Thirdly, what about the fans, so important to Leicester? A good cup generates interest and enthusiasm across the city. If the playerswere so tired by afew cup that games we dropped points in PL, would the average fan prefer to finish say, 2 places lower ( wehave no chance of being relegated) or trying to win a competition we have the record of number of losing finals without a win? Finally, is not the season effectively over? Realistically, no chance of a Champions League spot and I am unconvinced of the overall merits of a Europa League place. PS Was Vardy unable to play? I may have missed something but I had not seen he was injured. Unless he wS, very strange decision not to have him on the bench.
  10. It's good to see him playing again but it it can only be a short time before he calls it a day. He says he even has some pain from just walking and is having to adjust to a new training regime, with far less intensity. It seems extemely unlikely he can get anywhere his previous levels and despite his determination to succed, I just can't see him playing much longer. He does not the seem the type of person to be content with being a player knowing he cannot compete to anywhere his previous levels. He is starting in coaching and I can see he will he get greater fulfilment from helping other british players succeed.
  11. Football trivia really - Huddersfield lost today which means they now share the most defeats in a month in PL -7 - with City. They also lost 7 in April 2001 (9 out of 10 at end of season) - under Peter Taylor. [2001-2 was a strange season as we topped the PL early on - but lost to Wycombe in FA Cup.] PS Fulham kept a clean sheet - is that pizza all round?
  12. I think Puel will be manager until at least end of season, but if this is correct, Benitez may be looking to move on: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/dec/25/rafael-benitez-newcastle-miracle-future-mike-ashley-frustration Now he would be good..
  13. In one of those strange coincidences the next Man U match is against - Cardiff.
  14. Of your yes players, i think Okazaki offers little now; an occasioanl substitute player who runs around with little effect. Regarding no - I would keep Ihneacho - I still think he has the quality to succeed. System does not suit him and Puel dos not help with his confidence by playing him as a (isolated) lone striker when Vardy is injured. I would also keep Soyuncu - still young and evidenceof sufficient ability to improve. Bear in Mind Morgan perhaps has one more season and Evans isn't that young either - and Maguire may be sold - he is worth keeping for potential. Amartey is versatile and good enough to keep for no.w Having mentioned his vesatility, would he better if he was able to concentrate on one position? Yes, I agree about Fuchs but he has said this said his is last season. We do need strikers and that has been evident from before start of season.
  15. Maddison (top goal scorer on pitch) did - and failed to score.
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