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  1. Next up.. West Ham (a)..Friday 8pm ko

    Gutted for you. Fans don’t deserve that and West Ham have always come across as a proper football club. Realistically what do you think could be done? New owners aren’t always the answer as shown with Villa and Sunderland.
  2. Adrien Silva

    I think you're right, though I'd expect Silva to be a bit deeper. I saw his last game for Sporting Lisbon before signing for us, and he plays as a traditional number 8 and is a box to box player. He's a high energy player that runs and works hard, but is also comfortable on the ball, and he has good technique. He won't necceasarily increase our creativity directly, but is a bit of a metronome player in that he will help us get going and build up the play. Maybe you could liken him to a less good version of Paul Scholes? In the game I saw he scored a goal by Lampard style running into the box late and finishing smartly. I also can’t resist posting this gif of Silva in action away to Real Madrid last season. He did this versus Tony Kroos! Pure class! Oh and here are some more skills:
  3. The Claude Puel Era - what will he bring?

    He said he wants to see us play ambitiously and with conviction tomorrow. If we do that consistently it will certainly be an improvement on Shakespeare’s style of play which I feel ultimately cost him his job.
  4. 'Plaudits for our atmosphere' ?! Not any more

    I very much agree that the atmosphere and singing is integral to the experience of going to a football match, but it's not the same for everyone. I don't live in the city anymore so don't have a season ticket, but probably see about 15 games a season home and away. Last season I watched 3 of the Champions League games from near the family stand in seats that had incredible views, but even on those nights the atmosphere where I was sitting was pretty dead. Even for the Porto game which overall had one of the best atmospheres I've ever heard at the club period (that was a great night actually). But then when we were up against Sevilla I went next to the Kop and it was probably my pick for best atmosphere for an LCFC game at the King Power. The thing is though that Leicester is a family club. We are never going to have Ultras at the club, and as you've said the atmosphere was so brilliant because literally the most romantic story in Football history was about to take place. So when it's not up to those incredible standards it will be naturally a lot flatter, and once you've experienced an atmosphere like the ones against Sevilla or even versus Norwich when Ulloa got the winner right at the end, it's hard to accept the current situation. Trying to think about proactive ways to solve the issue, check out the following video posted by Robbie from ArsenalFanTV. He went to Dortmund to see how they managed to create such an incredible atmosphere and it's quite interesting. I've personally been to the stadium to see a Bundesliga match and it really is quite incredible.
  5. Next up.. West Ham (a)..Friday 8pm ko

    It was in the middle though right? We'd beaten Liverpool, Hull and Sevilla, but had been terrible prior to that. There was also a fear we would be tired from the Sevilla match. So we had definitely improved our form but it was still debatable as to if we had turned the corner or not. luckily it turned out we had!
  6. Adrien Silva

    When he finally does get round to playing, I think we should do something for him. Maybe a standing ovation when he walks onto the pitch? (Maybe that's too much). Or maybe chant his name around the ground on 14 minutes (I think he's been given the 14 shirt and his paperwork was 14 seconds too late). The point is that through no fault of his own he has been screwed over, but has kept quiet, got his head down and got on with it. A model pro you could say, and personally I have a lot of respect for someone that acts that way. And even though the Iborra / Ndidi partnership is now looking good, you can't help but think that this player can only improve our team. Knowing the club, expect to see comedy Adrien Silva masks like we did for Vardy last season!
  7. Next up.. West Ham (a)..Friday 8pm ko

    2-0 Foxes. We've beaten them away the last two seasons when they had much better teams. Last year we relied heavily upon Kasper but we were not in the best of form at the time. I think they will be more defensive due to Moyes but with our pace and quality we'll get through in the end.
  8. Premier League, 2017-2018 Season Thread

    Unlucky for Pulis but probably the right call. He did a very good job there, considering. They are the most boring team in the league, but he kept them safe and they became less of a yo-yo club.
  9. The Claude Puel Era - what will he bring?

    ^ That is a great post and important wake-up call!
  10. Next up.. West Ham (a)..Friday 8pm ko

    If our attitude is right we’ll beat them, our side is superior in every department. They look far worse than last year whereas we are much better. Think Puel will go for the team that beat Everton though I’ll happily have Shinji’s energy in if he doesn’t want to risk Chilwell.
  11. Man City Post Match Thread 0-2

    He deserved it! Player of the year right there. Him and Silva is reminiscent of Xavi / Iniesta. They just run the game for the full 90 and you can’t get the ball off them. His finish was world class. No one was saving that.
  12. The Claude Puel Era - what will he bring?

    It’s a fair point. You could say we showed Man City too much respect and were too passive. But had we got in at 0-0, or Maguire equalised or Kompany got sent off it would have very different. Our opponents today have thrashed plenty of other teams in the league. We had some moments and the plan partially worked. Before there goal we looked pretty solid. I think January will be a better time to judge.
  13. Iheanacho

    When we hit our intense run of games in December/ January I think we will learn a lot more about him. From the little we have seen I prefer Slimani who looks like far more of a goal threat and a good option to have. Playing him on the left wing was weird but Puel was probably trying to incorporate him in some way, though of course he looked lost. If he was purchased with a view to being a link man then I think we got the wrong player. Just doesn’t look cut out for it. I also feel it could upset other members of the squad. He’s looked poor in every appearance for us so far and though he’s young, he came with an expensive price tag. The worst thing I can say is that when he comes on we get worse going forward rather than better! It would be great to see him come good but I feel like his style isn’t suited to ours. He’s not got the pace or work rate to stretch play / get in behind neither the deft touch to play as a 10. And he’s no aerial threat either. He’s more of a poacher type in the Hernandez mold to me. I hope I'm proved wrong but I feel like he will just become a bench warmer and that we will probably bring in another winger / creative type (Ben Arfa) who will work better with our other attacking players.
  14. Man City Post Match Thread 0-2

    They were better than us in every department and will be worthy champions. Sure they’ve brought there way there but are much better to watch than United. Sad as to see us so far away from them but money talks. The second goal summed it up. We hit the post then they go down the other end and hit a worldly. That’s your difference in quality right there. We weren’t bad at all but just couldn’t live with them. My only criticism is that our last resort is putting all of our strikers on but not creating any chances for them! We have too many strikers in the squad which I think will be addressed in January.
  15. Man City Match Thread

    You have to say they are class. They would be worthy champions playing like this. I think we’ve been ok but they just have too much. De Bruyne, Silva, Jesus, Sane are great.