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SixtiesFox

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  1. Chilwell and Hamza - "Missed an important tactical session"- disciplinary action. Trouble.
  2. What a chance missed. Against a very poor Burnley team we lost a game we could, and probably should, have won. A win today and we would have had a 14 point cushion to 5th. 7 points from 7 games is relegation form but with a 14 point lead we could have staggered to the finish line. West Ham now becomes a must win as we then have a tough run in the league and that gap could disappear very quickly. This team lacks fight. Lack of hunger today cost us and this is what has to change if we are to stay in the top 4.
  3. Made it through to halftime with our noses in front. We look very imbalanced. Continuing to play Perez out of position on the wing doesn't help. I'd bring on Albrighton or Gray to address this. Ricardo is our best player going forward but his forays upfield leave us exposed at the back. With the lead we now need to establish our possession game, draw them out and catch them on the break for a killer second. Win ugly if we have to as a win here is huge going forward as it would be a hammer blow to our would be chasers.
  4. Pivotal game today. Win it and the pressure is relieved, particularly with West Ham to come in midweek. It will be a struggle but we must tough it out.
  5. We have the best owners in world football and one of the best coaches in the Premier League. They know the stakes are high as we sit on the cusp of Champions League qualification. In this window, priority number one will be to hold onto our most talented young players. If we can bring in a player or two to strengthen our European bid we will, but we won't be held to ransom nor will we panic buy. Our transfer kitty will stretch much further in the summer and, if we have secured a Champions League spot, we'll be able to attract the higher calibre of player essential to our bid to become perennial top four challengers.
  6. Media in particular and some elements of social media love to kick a man when he's down. Did they say in commentary during the Villa game that he'd made three appearances in two years, all against Man City?! The guy needs to be cut a bit of slack. He'll always be a Leicester legend and I hope he gets the chance to recapture a bit of form at Villa.
  7. Although we still have the luxury of the comfortable cushion we earned in the first half of the season, if we are to qualify for the CL we will need to scrap. A drop in form can hit any team at any time but insufficient effort and desire cannot be tolerated. Any player not giving their all needs to be dropped regardless of how talented they are. It will be interesting to see who is prepared to stand up and be counted now the going is getting tough. Mark Albrighton is just the kind of player who could have a galvanizing effect against a team like Burnley.
  8. Rodger's must now earn his corn. Our young, inexperienced squad is being exposed. Unlike the more experienced pros whose performance levels are not greatly affected when the team's form drops (Vardy, Evans, Schmeichel) because they've experienced the highs and lows many times before, our younger players' confidence levels are more fragile (Barnes, Chilwell, Choudhury). The danger is that if their confidence is further undermined by poor team performances and results the pressure will build and our season could begin to fall apart. Our next league game against Burnley is massive, therefore. If we win it and arrest the slide, confidence will begin to return and we can begin to reaffirm our top 4 credentials and slam the door on the chasing pack who are beginning to see a chink of light as they strive to close the gap. In addition, how to compensate for the loss of Ndidi, whose absence was massively emphasized today, will also be a challenge that Rodgers will need to urgently address.
  9. We've looked so much better since Tielemans came on, but to be fair we don't deserve to get anything from this game. A massive reality check. Hopefully it will jolt us into life as we try to maintain our place in the top 4
  10. Quite simply payed off the park. Should be a couple of goals down but crucially we are on level terms. We will be better second half once Rodgers freshens things up They may pay the price for profligate finishing and some bad luck. Top teams find a way and we are not second in the league for no reason.
  11. Like many others on here I'm worried about Tielemans. Fabulous vision, great ball control but he lacks pace. His gait seems awkward. Also, without Ndidi beside him in the first half his limitations were further exposed. A little reminiscent of how important Kante was to Drinkwater. Hamza must play while Ndidi is out injured. We looked so much better in the second half and he played a huge part in turning things around. His energy and enthusiasm breaking up the play was superb. His distribution is also improving considerably. And a shout out to Nacho; his clinical finish still leaves us in the box seat for the return at Villa Park.
  12. Battered them and all to play for. Hamza and Nacho great substitutions. Will they come out on their own patch? If they do we'll murder them. Still can't understand what Chilwell offers going forward. Hardly put a cross in. He just plays it backwards or square. Pointless!
  13. Little threat coming from the left side. Needs to take Fuchs off and bring Barnes on so that we can create pressure from both flanks. Had we taken one of our chances he'd have gotten away with this imbalanced formation but we didn't. No need to panic though. We have three halves to turn this around against a very poor Villa side. Once we equalize they could fold.
  14. If it's so scientific why are human beings at Stockley Park taking so long to make decisions. How many points have Liverpool gained as a result of VAR decisions going their way? Mane's dive against us gave 2 points to them and took one away from us. How important was that at the time in the context of the title race? Would we have got a penalty if Vardy had dived in the 95th minute at Anfield? No chance! The fact is, they have benefited more than any team from VAR this season. No one doubts that they are the best team in the division but their points haul has been VAR assisted. Perhaps they're just 'lucky'.
  15. LiVARpool strike again. Every decision goes their way. It would have been interesting to see if they could have won it without the assistance of VAR!
  16. Credit where it's due, I thought Rodger's had been on the sauce when I saw that lineup, but he obviously new just how woeful West Ham are at the moment. They gave us in the freedom of the London Stadium for most of the game and, truth be told, we could have run out more comfortable winners but for a couple of aberrations. Not only have our 'second' string had a decent run out, he has given our first eleven a much needed break and, in a few cases, a bit of a pause for thought. As a squad we should be well up for the Newcastle game and, with another win, will further solidify I position in second place before pursuing our cup ambitions.
  17. In an odd kind of way it takes the pressure off as our expectations are so low.
  18. Squad rotation yes, but capitulation through team decimation, no. Granted it exposes our lack of squad depth but top four teams need to rotate with a little more nous than this surely. Is this selection revealing a glimpse of Rodger's arrogance?
  19. No question, we have just been given a footballing lesson, but by the best two sides in the world. It is important that this young, talented team do not panic. Rodgers must ensure this does not happen. The next game at West Ham will be a more important yardstick as to which direction this team is headed in the second half of the season than the last two. Let's see.
  20. The result was to be expected. When rested and in full flow, Man City are the best team in the world. Our performance was disappointing in that we didn't do ourselves justice. Our players were clearly tired but once again, our young team froze on the big stage. It is no surprise that our stand-out performers were Vardy, Schmeichel and Evans; our most experienced players. Our youngsters will learn from the experience and with Rodgers' guidance will learn to cope better on the big occasion. This will be a vital part of our development as a top four team.
  21. The result was to be expected. When rested and in full flow, Man City are the best team in the world. Our performance was disappointing in that we didn't do ourselves justice. Our players were clearly tired but once again, our young team froze on the big stage. It is no surprise that our stand-out performers were Vardy, Schmeichel and Evans; our most experienced players. Our youngsters will learn from the experience and with Rodgers' guidance will learn to cope better on the big occasion. This will be a vital part of our development as a top four team.
  22. Poor performance. Second best today. But the gap to third has widened. This is far more important than chasing down LiVARpool.
  23. We hardly need a 'new' manager bounce, but today's announcement will do nicely!
  24. This is a major statement to the 'big boys' - hands off our prized assets! Little old Leicester is here to stay. We crashed their exclusive little party once, now we're aiming to shake up the established order consistently. How will the PL, media and pundits cope? Their patronizing tone - "with all due respect to Leicester, he needs to move to a bigger club" will be rammed back down their (Danny (LiVARpool) Murphy et al) throats. Brilliant stuff! How lucky we are to have been born Leicester fans!
  25. So far our worst performance of the season by a country mile. Big opportunity for Iheanacho to spark us into life.
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