Set pieces torment City again

Aston Villa 2-1 Leicester City

Report by Chris Griffin

The Leicester City team continues to frustrate and confuse its supporters. Unlike the last game against Southampton, City began the game against Aston Villa on the front foot and took a deserved lead. But constant frailties when defending set pieces keep reappearing and, together with some wasteful finishing, ultimately cost City the game. After 15 premier league games the team has scored 23 goals (commendable) but conceded 27 (poor). The players also conceded 25 free kicks against Villa: far too many.

Daka came in for Vardy and Dewsbury-Hall for Soumare. Early signs were encouraging. Leicester pressed well in the Villa’s defensive third and frequently won back possession. Lookman put Daka through in the inside right channel but his cross shot was gathered by Martinez. A Maddison shot was blocked by Nakamba following an excellent Barnes run. Daka beat Ings to a long pass from Evans but shot wide.

It was no surprise when City took the lead after 15 minutes with an excellent goal. Evans found Maddison. The midfielder drove forward and passed infield to Daka. He resisted strong challenges from three Villa players and showed top class vision by playing the ball left to Barnes who dribbled into the penalty area and stroked a controlled and well-placed shot between the legs of Cash and into the net off the far post.

City had a deserved lead and were controlling the game: what could possibly go wrong? Plenty, especially if a set piece was involved. It started a minute later with a self-inflicted wound when Lookman gave away an unnecessary free kick near City’s penalty area. Already the alarm bells were ringing with City fans. Douglas Luiz sent a long in-swinger into the box finding Cash beyond the far post – in so much space you’d think he was in quarantine. Cash headed back across the area where Buendia headed towards goal, the ball apparently receiving a slight touch from Konsa before going past Schmeichel’s despairing dive into the net just inside the post.

Not so long ago there would have been a defender on the post to clear the header but apparently that is not the modern way!

To be fair Leicester went looking for a goal. Smart work by Barnes and Thomas gave Dewsbury-Hall a great opportunity in front of goal but he sent the header wide. Dewsbury-Hall won a corner but it was easily gathered by Martinez. Meanwhile, Schmeichel needed to be alert when Cash shot hard and low but the keeper saved with his feet.

Leicester were putting on the pressure and looked menacing. Good pressing by Lookman in the Villa penalty area led to chances for both Daka and Maddison but each time a Villa defender blocked the effort. Barnes made good ground before passing to Dewsbury-Hall who delayed shooting and a good chance went begging. Thomas was next to try his luck after more good work by Barnes, but his effort flew wide of the posts. Still Leicester persisted. Daka chested down to Maddison a long pass from Evans but Martinez dealt well with Maddison’s shot.

Villa weathered this period and exerted sustained pressure of their own. There was a period where anywhere will do seemed to be the maxim of the City defenders with every clearance going to a Villa player. This triggered a controversial end to the half. Douglas Luiz sent a cross to the far post where yet again Cash was in loads of space. He headed back across goal. Schmeichel parried a shot then put his hand on top of the ball only for it to be instantly kicked into the net by Ramsey. Villa’s joy was short-lived as VAR determined that Schmeichel was in possession of the ball and awarded him a free kick. The law does not read as clearly as might be wished and it was hard to avoid the sense that City had dodged one.

For about 30 seconds City began the second half looking bright and alert with Lookman and Daka combining only for Daka to shoot wide. That was the end of the good news for City fans. Much of the next 25 minutes was dominated by Villa. Evans was working overtime, heading clear a Cash cross en-route to Ramsey, then clearing a cross from Young. A fierce cross from Cash evaded a Villa boot with the goal gaping wide open. Watkins played in Young who shot wide of the far post. Watkins next had a go by himself dribbling deep into the City penalty box but Thomas blocked his shot for a corner.

This, however, was not good news. City left Villa’s two biggest players (Mings and Konsa) unmarked at the far post and it was Konsa who headed in from very close range with not a challenge on him.

The goal seemed to really knock the stuffing out of City. They continued as second best, beaten to every ball, not making tackles and offering little threat going forward because of misplaced passes and slow play. Meanwhile Cash was causing problems again, latching onto a Young cross but his shot was blocked. It took till the 63rd minute for City to have a shot when Martinez grasped a low skimming effort from Dewsbury-Hall. This seemed to wake up City a little. Dewsbury-Hall found Maddison whose left shot curled over the bar. Villa, however, remained a threat. A superb pass from McGinn played Watkins into the penalty area but Schmeichel came out to make a great save.

City made changes with Vardy on for Lookman and Perez for Daka.

In the 75th minute Leicester came close to snatching a second when Barnes rose first to Castagne’s cross but his looping header was brilliantly tipped over the bar at the last second by Martinez.

Villa were now content to defend from deep to keep City at bay. With time running out City had a flurry of attacks forcing corners but Villa dealt with them comfortably. Maddison tried a short corner to the edge of the penalty area but Dewsbury-Hall was beaten to the ball. He claimed a penalty but neither referee Oliver or VAR were interested. A good opportunity to put the ball in the box was wasted when Maddison opted for short free kick which he underhit and Villa cleared easily. Mings cleared a good header by Perez from a Soyuncu cross. At the end Schmeichel came up for a couple of corners but to no effect. And that, basically, was that.

Leicester have won just three of their past 12 games in the league. It is stating the obvious to say that the defence needs fixing especially at set pieces.

Brendan Rodgers acknowledges that defending the dead ball is: “our Achilles heel.” He correctly points out that this “can sap the confidence out of the team…. it’s something we’ve got to fix.”

Aston Villa: Martinez; Cash; Konsa; Mings; Young; McGinn; Nakamba; Douglas Luiz; Buendia; Watkins; J Ramsey

Leicester City: Schmeichel; Castagne; Evans; Soyuncu; Thomas; Dewsbury-Hall; Ndidi; Lookman; Maddison; Barnes; Daka

Referee: Michael Oliver                                 Attendance: 41,572

The views expressed in this report are the opinions of the Trust member nominated to file the report only and do not represent the views of the Foxes Trust organisation

SAME CHOCOLATES IN THE ADVENT CALENDAR

SOUTHAMPTON 2 FOXES 2

Report by Graham Tracey

We kicked off our hectic and probably season-defining December with our season so far in a nutshell. A slow start, two soft goals from corners, nearly another penalty conceded, but two good goals ourselves and ultimately with chances to win.

The league table remains the most congested I can remember at this stage, meaning we shouldn’t yet be thinking of this as a ‘cup run only’ season. However, even with an established centre half pairing that has served us well historically in Evans and Soyuncu, we are never going to put together a string of victories when we are consistently letting in two goals a game. I don’t know what the problem is, but it seems unlikely to ease until Fofana and Justin return.

The game started at 7.30, and I’m old enough to remember when this was the standard kick off for evening games. If Eastenders is also still on at 7.30, we’d conceded virtually by the end of the theme tune. When Southampton took a short corner, I breathed a sigh of relief, but it was short-lived as a well-worked move saw a shot from the cut back well saved by Kasper, only for Bednarek to poke home in the ensuing scramble.

Anyone betting on another 9-0, let alone what looked like a great chance for a clean sheet, was ripping up their coupon already. Shocking concentration by us, and for 20 minutes it was as if we had deep sea diving suits on, so much more fluid and hungry were the Saints.

Our equaliser came out of the blue, when a Lookman counter-attack won us a corner, and then Maddison set up Ndidi, whose shot was only parried by McCarthy to Evans who stroked home.

Unfortunately, this didn’t provide any momentum, and before half time another corner wasn’t cleared properly, and Adams had time to open his advent calendar and write a few cards before stooping to glance home a low cross between our mannequins.

Rodgers was looking more animated (i.e. annoyed) than usual and it was no surprise to see a change at half time. Soumare had some good games when he first came in, but is no doubt adjusting to the pace of English football and particularly looked like a clockwork toy on its last legs tonight. His fatigue shows in how many fouls he concedes.

Dewsbury-Hall came on, and immediately influenced the game with his purposeful running with the ball and ability to pick out a cross field pass. He was involved in our equaliser early in the second half (pleasingly also involving other home-grown talent in Barnes and Thomas), completed expertly at the near post by Madders who had begun the move in our own half.

2-2 after 50 minutes suggests a great game, and the Amazon commentators raved about it in the way that commentators who don’t often get to cover a live match do. In truth, neither team were playing particularly well. However, the remainder of the match was definitely the most exciting, even though ultimately there were no goals. It could genuinely have gone either way right into injury time.

We were the stronger team with more quality, but there was a palpable sense that while we could score another top drawer goal, Southampton were justified to feel we could gift them another at any minute. This was encapsulated when Ndidi pole-axed a player in the box, only to be saved by the offside flag already being raised. That would have been a ridiculous 3 pens in 3 games for the strangely out-of-sorts mainstay.

At the other end, I am still wondering how McCarthy got his fingertips to Barnes’ drive, and how Vardy fired over when clean through. An extra two points would have been massive in the current state of play.

I supported Rodgers’ decision to play an unchanged team tonight – it was a great chance for a victory. However, I would like to see some rotation at Villa, given that I see the trip to Napoli as absolutely massive and our biggest game of the season by far. Maddison played through obvious discomfort in the second half, so I’d rather rest him than lose him for a month as he is our standout player right now.

LEICESTER: Schmeichel 5, Castagne 5, Thomas 6, Evans 6, Soyuncu 5, Ndidi 4, Soumare 4, Barnes 5, Lookman 6, Maddison 8, Vardy 6. Subs: Dewsbury-Hall 7, Perez 6, Daka 5.

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GOALFEST IN THE SNOW

LEICESTER CITY 4 WATFORD 2

Match Report by Paul Weston

It was a day for thermals at the King Power as temperatures dropped and fans returned in optimistic spirits after the victory against Legia Warsaw. Perhaps the Foxes’ form was starting to return after what had been an underwhelming start to the season?

Evans was back after his late injury withdrawal mid-week. This resulted in Amartey missing out, despite his solid display against Warsaw. Up front Jamie Vardy returned in place of Daka. In all other respects Rodgers selected the same team that had beaten Warsaw.

Claudio Ranieri was back as manager of Watford. He was given a wonderful welcome by the City fans both before and during the match which was well deserved. He will always have a place in City’s history and will be fondly remembered by all City fans.

City started on the front foot and pressed the Watford defence, with Vardy and Barnes looking lively. At the same time Watford looked impressively fast on the break and were certainly not coming for a draw. Although City had the bulk of possession without creating many chances it was quite a surprise when Maddison scored in the 16th minute.

City had already played more long balls than normal and Evans launched one towards the centre of Watford’s defence. Ekong helpfully ducked underneath the ball, unaware that Maddison was lurking behind, who struck the ball cleanly across the goalie inside the post to give the Foxes the lead.

During this period Watford had a heavily deflected shot rebound off the inside of the post and across the goal line when Schmeichel could then safely gather the ball. Perhaps Lady Luck was on City’s side after all?

However, just when City were getting on top, they threw away the advantage with yet another silly defensive error which is becoming a habit. Ndidi caught Dennis’ leg in the penalty area for a clear and clumsy penalty despite the VAR check. Although Schmeichel dived the correct way King’s penalty was too high and strong and Watford were level.

Maddison was getting some space during the first half and was looking more like his old self, with the assurance of Soumare and N’Didi providing defensive cover in midfield. After a few balls threaded through failed to find their target he twisted and jinked a pass through to the predatory Vardy on the left. Jamie was on the ball in a flash and superbly flicked the ball past the goalie and over the despairing leg of the defender on the line. It was a trademark Vardy goal and it was good to see him back on the goal trail again.

Shortly after Vardy scored again with a superb near post header from a well flighted Maddison corner. Suddenly City were 3-1 up and it was just like old times as the Maddision/Vardy combination was starting to click again which was especially needed in the absence of Tielemans due to injury.

During the first half the snow had started to swirl down. There was the bizarre sight of the sprinklers turned on during half time. One wondered whether this was a cunning plan to transform the pitch into a skating rink.

The snow continued to fall heavily as the second half started, Maddison and Vardy continued to look lively and it became clear that different tactics would have to be employed. Unfortunately this point was not grasped by Castagne who twice dallied on the ball and was caught in possession. City got away with the first chance, but on the second occasion, despite claims for a foul rebuffed by VAR, Dennis stole the ball and calmly chipped past Schmeichel. 3-2 and yet again City had contrived to allow Watford back into the match.

The match continued to ebb and flow and City started to play the long ball into the channels to avoid problems in the snow and make use of our pacey forwards. Schmeichel thankfully decided to kick long most of the time, avoiding the anxiety of Watford pushing our defenders into mistakes.

There was a brief interlude when the ref requested that the snow be cleared from the pitch markings which allowed the players and fans to draw breath in a fascinating match.

Castagne then made up for his error with a great tackle in midfield. In a flash the ball was with Barnes who flicked it across the goal for Lookman to score from about 3 feet. It was a fast, slick move that we used to see so often with City but for some reason had become a forgotten tactic. Vardy looked keen for a hat trick and was extremely close with a shot that the goalie palmed around the post.

Late on Maddison and Lookman were subbed by Albrighton and Dewsbury-Hall to provide added energy as the players slogged through the snow. After 7 minutes of extra time the match ended 4-2 with City worthy winners in the end but with Watford opponents who had contributed much to a fascinating match. If only their defence was as good as their forwards the result would have been closer. It was never a comfortable victory until late in the second half.

It would be churlish to dwell too much on the negative part of City’s display such as our defensive errors which continue to help our opponents into the game, Soumare’s lack of speed of thought and the ease in which teams can still burst through our midfield.

Instead it was good to see our season bursting into life at long last and form and confidence returning to Maddison at last. Thomas had an excellent game and Jamie Vardy was at his very best. The worse the conditions became the more he seemed to relish the challenge.

Two tricky away games now come thick and fast and it will be fascinating to see whether this momentum can be maintained as Rodgers no doubt may have to juggle the team selections. It would be a great Christmas present for fans if City could continue a climb up the top half of the Premier table.

Leicester: Kasper Schmeichel, Timothy Castagne, Jonny Evans, Caglar Soyuncu, Luke Thomas: Boubakary Soumare, Wilfred Ndidi: Ademola Lookman (Marc Albrighton 75)., James Maddison (Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall 88), Harvey Barnes: Jamie Vardy. Subs (not used): Danny Ward, Kelechi Iheanacho, Ayoze Perez, Daniel Amartey, Hamza Choudhury, Jannik Vestergaard, Patson Daka.

The views expressed in this report are the opinions of the Trust member nominated to file the report only and do not represent the views of the Foxes Trust organisation

Of steam and smoke

Leicester City 3 – 1 Legia Warsaw

Report by Stuart Dawkins

Let’s start with the football.  This was an important game for City in this so-far fairly patchy season and they handled it well, looking comfortable throughout.  The TIFO banner unveiled before kick-off urged a clear direction: “From the whistle – full steam ahead”.  Nicely drafted, as both a generic call to arms but also noting the sluggish way the team has begun so many games recently. 

Whether it had any influence on the players is hard to prove, but the course of the first half was certainly more that of a runaway engine than an oft-stopping sleeper.  City’s first chance came in 15 seconds, Legia’s first came 15 seconds later – and there was not that much let-up throughout a first half that saw four goals scored and several more chances created for either side.

Evans had a minor injury in the warm-up, so there was a last-minute swap to Söyüncü and Amartey at the back for City, together with Castagne and Thomas. Barnes and Lookman flanked Daka up front, with Soumaré, Ndidi and Maddison in midfield.

City not only started brightly, but also got the goals to show for it. A combination of tenacity and a tiny bit of luck enabled Barnes to get the ball to Daka in the box after ten minutes. Daka is an accomplished finisher and there was little doubt he would be able to score from there, which he did with a nicely placed shot – making him the Club’s highest-ever goal-scorer in Europe with five goals. 

And just ten minutes later, good work on the City right-wide led to Maddison getting the ball ten-yards out with his back to the goal. He looked to have missed the chance to shoot with his favoured right-foot but turned and created enough space to place an unstoppable shot past the Legia ‘keeper with his left.

Whilst Legia had created a couple of chances themselves, from very limited possession, the two-nil score and the flow of the play suggested that the game might prove to be more straightforward than some had feared for City.  That view was tempered a bit when Legia pulled a goal back, from pretty much nothing. Their left-winger got behind Leicester’s defence, sent in a speculative cross and what happened next was not at all clear ‘live’ in the ground, but the ball hit Ndidi’s arm and there were no real complaints from City players when a penalty was given.  Schmeichel saved the spot-kick, but Mladenovic reacted quickest to poke the rebound into the goal, colliding with the goalpost in doing so.

Whilst the goal lifted the tempo of the Legia players, but City responded with that rarity: a goal from a Leicester corner. Maddison crossed it and Ndidi jumped high and well from an unmarked position to head it past a flailing goalkeeper.

A two-goal cushion re-established, the rest of the half – indeed pretty much the rest of the game – settled into a pattern with City looking the better team but with Legia frequently sharp going forwards; City had the most positive and creative play, but Legia kept popping up with half-chances on a fairly regular basis.

The second half was a quieter affair than the first, on the pitch at least.  A further goal by the visitors might have made things nervy for City, but that did not happen, and the home team kept up steady pressure that could easily have led to more goals, but did not.  Legia made the full quota of five substitutions, but to no real affect. 

Around the hour mark, Rodgers replaced Soumaré and Maddison with Dewsbury-Hall and Pérez.  Maddison had his liveliest and most positive game for some time. He seemed to line up in a slightly more advanced position than usual, was keen to get the ball throughout and generally used it well.  It had not been one of Soumaré’s better games. He has looked a little slower than usual in the past couple of matches, and the chance to rest him after sixty-minutes would have been welcome. 

For the last five-minutes, Rodgers replaced Lookman and Daka with Albrighton and Iheanacho. Lookman had chased and harried well but had not always been great with his choice of pass.  Daka had played – for want of a better cliché – a Vardy-like performance.  Not in the game too much but always a threat, did what he did well and finished his one clear-cut chance with ease.

Legia played out the final few minutes with ten players, as a strong but fair challenge left their striker unable to continue with all substitutions made.

It was a comfortable and well-deserved win for City. Each player made a decent contribution, chances were created and silly mistakes were at a minimum – hopefully such habits can be carried into the next few matches!

Now, the not-football.  There was a noticeably heavy police presence around the ground before kick-off – thankfully a rarity these days.  The Legia fans were lively and noisy throughout, no bad thing at all and leading to a good atmosphere for much of the match.  On the hour mark, however, around 40 or 50 red flares were lit in the Away fans section, and dozens of Legia fans attempted to climb over the covered seats separating them from City fans. 

This resulted in a pitched battle with a line of police which lasted quite some time, with smoke from the flares floating across the pitch for a good five or ten minutes.  There is simply no excuse for that behaviour.  It felt like something from another age.  The only positives to pull from it were that the police handled it in difficult circumstances, and that the home fans were pretty much universally disgusted by it.

The images make it clear that it was away fans who were the instigators, that home fans were not involved and that the police were defending, not in any way encouraging.  One hopes that UEFA see that and make it quite some time before Legia fans can travel to away matches to see their team again. That would be a shame for those genuine fans who simply want to see a game of football, but seems the minimum punishment necessary.

With this result City have leaped from bottom to top of their Europa League Group.  It looked the toughest group in advance, and it has certainly proved unpredictable. An away trip to Napoli is a tricky proposition, but City’s fate is in their own hands, and continuation of some sort in Europe this season is guaranteed.

Leicester City: Schmeichel, Castagne, Amartey, Söyüncü, Thomas, Soumaré, Ndidi, Maddison, Lookman, Daka, Barnes. Subs: Bertrand, Vardy, Albrighton, Iheanacho, Pérez, Choudhury, Dewsbury-Hall, Vestergaard, Stolarczyk, Marcal-Madivadua

Legia Warsaw: Miszta, Johansson, Wieteska, Jedrzejczyk, Ribeiro, Soares Martins, Slisz, Mladenovic, Muci, Emreli, Lima Linhares. Subs: Holownia, Pekhart, Celhaka, Skibicki, Wlodarczyk, Rose, Tobiasz, Ciepiela

The views expressed in this report are the opinions of the Trust member nominated to file the report only and do not represent the views of the Foxes Trust organisation

City Outclassed by Chelsea

Leicester City 0 Chelsea 3 – 20 November 2021

Report by Tish Krokosz

Prior to the match, the good news was that Lukaku was still unavailable for the visitors. The bad news was that Tielemans was in a similar position for City. Brendan Rodgers went for a defensive set-up by including Soumaré and Ndidi in midfield with Albrighton and Castagne acting as wing backs. But who would be creating the attacking moves from midfield?

As the names of the visitors were read out at the start, there was a marked difference in the home crowd’s reaction to Kanté, who was clapped, and Chilwell, who was booed loudly. This continued as the match progressed.

Unfortunately, the crowd’s dissatisfaction with the former City wing back only served to spur him on and in the first Chelsea attack of any note he ran behind the City defence to collect a long ball from a Jorginho free kick and could have scored the opener. Indeed, he should have scored, with only Schmeichel to beat, but the powerful left-footed shot hit the bar and sailed into the crowd.

Once again, City’s three-man defence was finding it difficult to find a way of passing the ball to its midfield and this dithering led to Chelsea pressure on the right wing and a soft corner being gifted to the visitors after thirteen minutes. Fans may remember the corresponding match two years ago when Rüdiger grabbed two goals from corners. With our record of trying to defend such set pieces there was much trepidation about this opportunity and he did not disappoint his fans. He stood in front of Schmeichel as Chilwell placed the ball and ran towards the powerfully taken corner unopposed and flicked a header to the back corner of the goal. This was almost a carbon copy of Gabriel’s goal when Arsenal were here last month. It has been said many times this season – why are City unable to defend at corners?

City’s forays into the Chelsea half were few and far between. However, the fans were on their feet when Lookman knocked in a cross from Albrighton past the diving Mendy. Unfortunately, there was one touch too many from the wing-back before the cross, and, in this time, Lookman had run into an obvious offside position, so the goal was disallowed. An equalizer at this point may have given City some confidence.

Instead, a few minutes later, Kanté picked up the ball on the right-hand side of the field and was allowed to run unopposed to the edge of the penalty area and unleashed a shot with his left foot. It flew past Schmeichel’s left hand giving the League leaders a comfortable two-goal cushion. Soumaré and Ndidi had been picked to form a defensive midfield barrier, yet neither was close to stopping Kanté in his approach. Indeed, his effort and ability throughout the match was greater than the sum of the two City players.

The two-goal cushion nearly became three a few minutes later when Schmeichel was guilty of an unforced error and passed the ball straight to an unmarked yellow Chelsea shirt. Fortunately for the keeper, his defence came to his aid and the danger was snuffed out. This was just one example of City’s inability to clear the ball from defence. The home crowd becomes very jittery when the ball is continuously played between the three defenders and the goalkeeper without there being any attempt to move forward decisively. What has happened to the sight of blue (City) shirts making fast runs forward behind the opposition’s defence line? Why is the build-up so slow?

The half ended with many boos from the crowd as the teams trudged to the dressing room. I thought this was for the seemingly one-sided approach from the referee, who constantly awarded kicks in Chelsea’s favour. However, he received his own boos as he left the pitch. Rodgers was aware that City had been totally dominated in that first half and made two changes at half-time. Barnes and Lookman had been ineffective on the wings and had been unable to feed the ball through to Vardy. It was hoped that Iheanacho would give the City talisman some support and that Maddison could be more creative.

There was a little more aggression and determination as a result of these changes, but even when City managed to get beyond the Chelsea defence, Mendy was dominant in goal. On the hour, he palmed away a powerful drive from Amartey who had picked up a loose ball outside the penalty area. Soon after, Vardy could have reduced the deficit with a header that went over the bar. These cameos were the only bright lights from City and most of the second half belonged to the Londoners.

It had started with a fine save by Schmeichel from a goal bound shot from Chilwell. There was a shot from Hudson-Odoi that went just over the crossbar. Then, in the seventieth minute, Chalobah moved forward from defence and sent a strong ball along the ground to Ziyech, who had come on for Mount. The Chelsea substitute took the ball past Söyüncü too easily and fed it to his fellow substitute, Pulisic, who was unmarked and able to slide the ball under the body of Schmeichel.

By now, the Chelsea fans were in full voice and their chants of being League leaders were ringing around the ground. Their team was able to scythe through the home midfield and defence at will and managed to put the ball into the City net three more times. Fortunately, the offside flag was raised on each occasion, but if these goals had been allowed, it would have shown the dominance that was obvious in this match.

City were relieved to hear the final whistle. They had been outclassed, out-run and out-played by the European champions. The visitors’ performance was of a very high standard and a 3-0 win was not at all flattering. City, on the other hand, need to revive their confidence. They looked lacklustre and several levels below their opponents. The upcoming match against Legia Warsaw will probably involve a different line-up and will be a test of their resolve. It will be a must win match. On current form that will seem like a massive undertaking. Are they up to it?

Leicester: Schmeichel, Amartey, Evans, Söyüncü, Albrighton, Ndidi, Soumaré (Dewsbury-Hall 74), Castagne, Lookman (Iheanacho H/T), Barnes (Maddison H/T), Vardy. Subs not used: Ward, Bertrand, Choudhury, Pérez, Vestergaard, Daka

Chelsea: Mendy, Chalobah, Silva, Rüdiger, James, Jorginho (Loftus-Cheek 77), Kanté, Chilwell, Mount (Ziyech 63), Havertz (Pulisic 63),  Hudson-Odoi Subs not used: Arrizabalaga, Alonso, Christensen, Werner, Barkley, Azpilicueta

Referee: P. Tierney                                                          Attendance: 32,192

The views expressed in this report are the opinions of the Trust member nominated to file the report only and do not represent the views of the Foxes Trust organisation