Leicester City continue to have a difficult time this season getting back to playing their brand of football.
Last season Leicester striker Leonardo Ulloa stayed on with the side despite the arrival of Shinji Okazaki and more competition for places.
The Argentine forward had been a main man alongside of Jamie Vardy in the club’s great escape scoring 11 Premiership goals in 2014-15.
However, the arrival of Okazaki saw his 2015-16 campaign reduced to more substitute appearances but he still managed six goals, one more than Okazaki in their Premier League winning season.
Last year was an off year for many of the major clubs, it always was a season where Leicester were a surprise with their tenacious counter attack.
The Foxes this season have the disadvantage of being champions, where last season they could sit back and soak up pressure, this season they are seeing their opponents flip the script on them.
Southampton for example over the weekend was resolute in making Leicester try and break them down and unfortunately for the Foxes they just did not have it in them to do so.
The one opportunity that was handed to them was squandered by Vardy who is lacking confidence as last season he would have put that gift away with ease.
All of this brings us to Ulloa’s comments to Leicester City’s official site about his side needing to be better at dealing with pressure:
"“It’s so difficult, in every game every team wants to beat us because we are the champions.We need to consider that and it’s more difficult than the last year. We need to keep going and work. We are improving in training and in every game.”"
Charlie Austin nearly put the Foxes to the sword hitting the post and seeing Kasper Schmeichel bring out his best to deny him later on.
The international break comes at a poor time for the squad as summer signings like Ahmed Musa and Islam Slimani still need time to bed in with their new side in training.
Ranieri has to start thinking of a new tactical identity for his side that allows their creativity to flow and sticking with the tried and true 4-4-2 just isn’t likely the answer.