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Pete from the USA

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  1. Pete from the USA

    What to do about the defense?

    Ian Wright believes he could still score against Leicester City defense https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/arsenal-ian-wright-leicester-city-2014593 The dark side of Puel's exciting attacking system was fully exposed at Bournemouth. If we don't figure out how to defend we're done for. How do we fix this? Looking for suggestions other than "sack the manager." Lineup changes, strategy changes, new recruits, whatnot.
  2. Pete from the USA

    So many "puel out" calls from fans, so who replaces him?

    To me everything depends on whether Puel starts working out a strategy to defend against counterattacks. If he starts working on this, I think we should be patient and give him a chance to fix the bugs. If he denies that there is a defensive problem, or thinks it's OK to be so open at the back and does nothing, we should revolt and get him sacked.
  3. Pete from the USA

    So many "puel out" calls from fans, so who replaces him?

    I understand your point. We have seen some flat performances. But we have also seen some spirited displays such as against Arsenal at the end of last season. I actually thought the team looked pretty spirited against Bournemouth. We just got humiliatingly tactically outplayed. Maybe the right thing to do is to give Puel a few months (say, until the beginning of December) to fix the defensive problem. If he can do it, the new system could really take off. If he can't, or worse doesn't even see that there is a defensive problem, we revolt and get him sacked. How does that sound?
  4. Pete from the USA

    So many "puel out" calls from fans, so who replaces him?

    Thanks for asking. I find Puel annoying, but I like that he has a plan. Like other Puel-in-ers, my biggest fear is firing a manager before his plan runs its course, and ending up with no plan at all. Clubs that do this get dropped. There is more to executing a plan than bringing in players (which Puel is done). They need to play together, make mistakes, and work out the bugs. PL games are won/lost on fine margins. It takes time to get the details right. Liverpool and Man City had exactly the same problem against counter-attacks (remember Vardy's hat trick against Man City in Dec. '16?). They stuck with their managers through two seasons and three transfer windows, worked out the bugs, and are doing well. We need to give Puel the same amount of time. Puel can hardly talk, and I can't stay awake in his press conferences. But he's the first manager we've had since Pearson who has a vision for where to take the club. It's not the vision I would have picked, but it's way better than no vision at all which is what we had under Ranieri and Shakespeare.
  5. Pete from the USA

    So many "puel out" calls from fans, so who replaces him?

    I understand your point. I wasn't thrilled about Leicester adopting a high-press attacking style. The risk is always that you get caught out by the counter-attack, which is what happened tonight. Morgan and Maguire both nearly got red cards trying to cope with the gaping holes left by Chilwell and Periera. I liked the Pearson/Ranieri defensive style better. I think winning ugly was beautiful. But we have Puel and this is what we are doing. This is the first game that really exposed this flaw in his system. If he can fix the problem, his strategy could work. It's stupid not to give him the chance to fix this. I would give him until the second half of the season. If they keep getting caught out and can't cope with the counterattack, I would look for a manager with a different style. My dream replacement is Diego Simeone. But given the choice I'd prefer to see Puel succeed.
  6. Pete from the USA

    So many "puel out" calls from fans, so who replaces him?

    We lost the game because we played a high press but failed to cut off the counter-attack. It would be better to let them work out the bugs in this new system than to fire the manager and start over.
  7. Pete from the USA

    So many "puel out" calls from fans, so who replaces him?

    This is completely stupid. We lose one game and fire the manager. Does this mean we replace the manager every time we lose a game? There aren't enough managers in the world.
  8. Maybe be they recalibrated their expectations after seeing what a monumental task it will be. I feel luck to be a fan and spectator of the Leicester project.
  9. You need sustainable finances and a pipeline of young people to challenge for Europe. It's not either--or.
  10. Pete from the USA

    Time for a Puel in thread.

    I like that Leicester are putting in good performances under Puel despite the new-manager bounce having worn off, particularly if you include Arsenal and Tottenham from last season. This never happened under Shakespeare.
  11. Pete from the USA

    Jamie Vardy ‚óŹ Legend

    The last three years Leicester transformed into a new kind of club. We don't know what it will be, but it will never be the same again. Whatever the stats say, Vardy is the engine who powered the revolution. Sure, Mahrez, and others will be remembered as sublime talents, but talent can't create a revolution: That takes pure, unbridled fury. Vardy is the hammer who broke the shop window; the others just followed him through. Someday, two or three decades from now when football has moved on, I hope to sit down and buy him a pint.
  12. Pete from the USA

    Benkovic signs

    If Maguire is staying, does this mean we're playing a 3-5-2 with wingbacks?
  13. Pete from the USA

    Rachid Ghezzal signs.

    Here's a better Ghezzal compilation. Looks to be a capable winger: Let's face it folks, these days squad depth is as important as quality. We need capable players who can come on when there are injuries. Seems a decent signing.
  14. Pete from the USA

    Kelechi Iheanacho / Nacho Man

    Yes, remember Iheancho's goal against Tottenham at the end of the season? Vardy was on the pitch and they had some good interchanges. Vardy is 31. Still lots of goals left in him but his playing career will last longer with someone to share the work load.