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  1. I can’t believe anybody is claiming we “dominated” against Brighton. They had all the chances including a penalty. I don’t remember us creating anything even resembling a chance. The comments on the rest of the games are debatable and come down to which side your bread is buttered on but given that this is a “positives” thread I’ll leave it at that. But I can’t leave unchallenged the idea we “dominated” against Brighton, it’s exactly the sort of possession-for-the-sake-of-posssession nonsense we’ve always stood against.
  2. Looking at the next year’s calendar we will be playing every single midweek except two (one of which is an international break) between Saturday 17 October and Wednesday 21 January. Obviously this is extended if we go past the Group stages of the Europa League and into the latter stages of the FA Cup. That’s 25 games (plus an international triple header) in 14 weeks. Our busiest equivalent spell this season had 20 games in a 14 week period. Given how much we struggled in the season just gone once the intensity of the fixture list picked up and how thin our squad looks at the best of times, we are going to need a lot of new players.
  3. I can’t believe that anybody is looking at our squad and thinking “what we could really do with is John Stones, he’s the sort of character we don’t have enough of”.
  4. Wasn’t it just that they offered £40,000,001 because there was a clause in Suarez’ contract that said they had to accept anything over £40m? For some reason people found this hilarious and a stick with which to beat Arsenal - it still is today. When in reality they were offering what his contract said he was worth. If something’s priced at £9.01 in a shop I’m not going to offer £10 just so I feel like I’ve paid a normal price.
  5. Plenty of decent (better?) left backs on the continent we could sign this summer with the money. Always a shame to lose an academy product but if he wants to go and we get a decent fee for him I’m confident we can do better for the money being talked about.
  6. The first thing to say is that the OP is absolutely right and at face value it’s been a fantastic season. I might be in the minority but where we finish in a given season is largely irrelevant to me. I don’t live or work in Leicester; I go to the football with my brother and my dad, it’s something we do together, it’s a sense of occasion and something for us to do as a family. One day I hope my son is interested enough to come along too*. Really my experience of watching football is a series of 90 minutes strung together over a short time frame - I’m lucky if I can make sense of it beyond 6-10 games at a time because really my enjoyment is about going to the match rather than any wider narrative. In the 20 years I’ve had a season ticket we’ve been relegated from the Premier League (twice) and the Championship, suffered play-off agony twice, won 3 divisions and played in the Champions League. I was at the Britannia Stadium, Vicarage Road and the Calderon. I’ve seen as much as you could realistically (and then some) hope to see as a football fan in that time. We all have. All I want when I go to a game or watch us play is a team to be proud of. At times today, with Justin excelling in keeping Rashford quiet, Albrighton flying into tackles and Tielemans quietly keeping things ticking over, I felt that sense of pride. But on too many occasions this season that pride has not been there. It’s not about winning or losing - I’m not sure I felt especially proud of us beating Southampton 9-0 for example. Maybe I’m of an age now where football doesn’t mean what it used to mean to me but I look at this team and I don’t see anything there to be proud of. I see a team that lacks basic characteristics that you associate with Leicester sides - there’s no personality or courage in this team. It’s devoid of leadership on and off the pitch. It’s a team that doesn’t show up when it counts and the moment today which really summed it up was leaving our least technically gifted player with no passing options at a crucial time in the game. In 10 years’ time when somebody asks me what my favourite seasons were there is no way this is even going to be in the top 10. I had more fun and felt more of a sense of pride watching Sven’s band of merry loanees passing Derby off the park in 2010/11 than I did this season. Success for me is not about the destination it’s about the journey. And it’s about who you’re on that journey with. Is this squad likeable? How many of those not here when we won the title are going to be fondly remembered in 5-10 years? Ndidi, Evans, Ricardo - is that it? Never back in the League One or Championship days (apart from perhaps the odd bad ‘un under Sven) did I really believe that we had players or staff who were using us as an inconvenience on their way to the top. Now (in my opinion) the club is full of these people. Perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised that when the time came to pull together as a team the management and players were unable to deliver it (although they were more than capable of grinding poor opposition into the dirt when the pressure was off). Anyway, the bare facts are that finishing 5th is a great achievement that Leicester City Football Club should be proud of. As a supporter I’m not proud of it. I won’t look back fondly on this season for many reasons, some of which (no fans for the last 9 games because of the global pandemic) were out of the club’s control. But I will always have the pride I felt when Gradel scored that free kick at MK Dons or when we fell just short in Cardiff or Vardy scored at West Brom. Those are the seasons and moments I’ll look back on fondly. Despite the end position this is one I’m keen to forget. And I completely understand that for some people this is great and finishing 5th is a great statement for the club and the city. As I say maybe it’s just me. I’ll be back next season! *I turned off the TV when United made their umpteenth time wasting substitution in injury time so didn’t see the 2nd goal until long after full time. I’ve been encouraging my son toraise his arms when goals are scored (he’s a toddler). He picked a bad time to do it for the first time...
  7. Absolutely this - people were singing his praises in December and rightly so. He got the praise (and contract) for that in December. Since the start of December we’ve been dreadful, given the quality of squad we’ve got (which isn’t great but is at least top half) the performances have been shit. He deserves that criticism now - you can’t go through life taking credit when times are good and then pointing back to the good times when times are hard. I didn’t have a problem with his approach today until we went 1-0 down at which point I thought his tactics were pretty embarrassing. In fact they were such a huge difference to what we’d seen for the other 60 hours of football this season I’m wondering if the players ignored him and just decided to go long ball.
  8. We spend an entire season saying “we need a plan B” and why don’t we show more urgency and get the ball forward quicker? Rodgers has his principles and steadfastly refused to change even when it was obvious in about mid-February we’d been found out. Then after an entire season of stubbornly backing his philosophy we just spend the last 20 minutes lobbing balls forward towards our short strikers? Makes absolutely no sense. Either you’re a zealot and stick it out to the end or you’re pragmatic and you change it up 10 (even 3 or 5 games ago). The last 20 minutes of watching us throw the ball forward for Atkinson to blow for free kicks for minor offences was just about as painful viewing as it gets
  9. I think what makes it doubly disappointing this year is the fact that there’s likely to be no away fans for at least the group stage, and possibly no fans at all. When you think about qualifying for the Champions League, even in an empty stadium there’s a bit of pizzazz and it’s something to really look forward to. For the Europa League it will be a nice change watching us play some continental sides but that’s it, there’s nothing especially exciting about it when you can’t travel away or possibly even see the games live at home. And for those watching on TV they will do so without the sort of atmosphere you get from a great European night. I am trying to look forward to it because I’d love to see us in Europe again whatever the level. But European football especially won’t feel the same without the fans and Europa League games played out in empty stadiums are going to be tough watches
  10. Unfortunately we have the double issue of needing a clear out of deadwood and also about 5-7 new players to give us a fighting chance of balancing the PL with the Europa League next season. The likes of Gray, Choudhury and Bennett are not good enough and need to be moved on. Fuchs and Morgan cannot be depended on next year for more than 5-10 games and need to be 3rd and 5th choice options respectively. So in reality we probably need 8-10 players in the next 6 weeks just to stand a chance of standing still next season. This is as we head into a global recession which King Power will be suffering from as much as anyone.
  11. What he didn’t want was for us to go behind and have our geriatric centre backs exposed to their pace. We saw what happened last week when we set out to dominate. We played well in the first half last week and went in 3-0 down. The finishing is a serious issue. Dont get me wrong I am absolutely adamant that Rodgers needs to shoulder the blame for this collapse but the only difference between us and our opponents in the last 2 games has been the finishing.
  12. I actually thought Rodgers did the right thing today and he was literally seconds away from getting to where he wanted at 0-0. Unfortunately that is the risk you run when you play to keep it tight. And it’s the risk you run when you go into the final day of the season needing something despite having a seemingly insurmountable lead.
  13. Cross into the United box Foul by Evans. Repeat
  14. Our finishing is absolute dog shit
  15. Evans hasn’t fouled him.
  16. Surely if Chelsea and United’s chances are 88% then ours is 24%? Unless they’re including the chance of them winning the europa league in that?
  17. Got a feeling we might see young Harry Worley in midfield tomorrow.
  18. Albrighton’s fitness is a big issue here. If he is fit it gives us some flexibility in team selection/formation, if he isn’t then we pretty much have to play all 3 of Morgan, Bennett and Thomas which is far from ideal for obvious reasons. Realistically we are not going to line up with a back 4 with Barnes or Gray offering protection to Thomas but a fit Albrighton makes that more of an option. Alternatively we could play 3 at the back with Justin and Albrighton at wing back and not risk Thomas in such a big game. Or drop Bennett and have Justin at CB as others have suggested
  19. Sure, but a 3-1 win means we only need to win by 1 goal.
  20. Am I right in saying that as far as we’re concerned it makes no difference if United win 3-1 or draw 1-1?
  21. Vardy definitely should have won it in 2017-18 and the fact he hasn’t won it despite all he’s achieved is mad. I just don’t think he’s been our best player this season. Ndidi, Evans and Ricardo have all had really good seasons too and you can make a case for any of them. People talk about Vardy being the best goal scorer in the league this season as a definitive reason for him having to be the player of the season but there’s more to football than shooting. Ndidi is obviously never going to win the golden boot but he has excelled both statistically and against the eye test this season and has been by a distance the best out-and-out defensive midfield player in the league.
  22. Barnes goal and young player Ndidi player Ndidi has been super consistent and performing at an elite level for 90% of the season. Interestingly according to the match ratings on here Ricardo is player of the season.
  23. Started Community. Brilliant.
  24. Of course you may be right about Bournemouth but the sheer number of decisive late goals we’ve conceded since Christmas suggests either a physical or mental fragility. Since the start of the year, we’ve conceded equalisers or winners in the last 15 minutes against: Southampton Burnley Villa (cup) Man City Watford If you push it out to the last 20 minutes you could add Chelsea and Norwich to that list too. Of course we scored late at Arsenal against 10 men but that is the only decisive goal we’ve scored even remotely late on since Iheanacho’s winner against Everton at the start of December. There are good reasons for the team being “mentally weak” as others have put it - it’s quite a young squad for one. My suspicion is that it’s a physical thing as much as a mental one, which is certainly a justifiable excuse now but less so over a 20+ game stretch.
  25. But the xG shows that neither is Mourinho as smart as he thinks nor is Rodgers as naive as some are suggesting. Nor does it show we deserved to win, but it’s not a black-and-white tactical issue. Its easy to post-rationalise and say that Mourinho got it right and Rodgers got it wrong when you see the score line but the manager can only be responsible for the pattern of play. He’s not responsible for poor finishing or individual errors defensively - he can contribute to that by choosing tactics that put pressure on those players (as Rodgers did at Bournemouth) but the way the game was panning out was positive for us - our possession wasn’t sterile, we were getting in good positions and creating chances. You can pick holes in the tactics today all you like but there wasn’t a lot of choice - Vardy takes one of his difficult chances or Lloris has one of the many off days he seems to have against everybody apart from us and it’s a different game.
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