Leicester City outplayed, outclassed and outworked Newcastle United on Saturday in the Premier League. Ricardo Pereira explains how they can win more away games. While, Foxes of Leicester discuss why you won’t see him as a defender again any time soon.
Whilst Mike Ashley’s Newcastle United flounder, even under the expert control of Rafa Benitez, Leicester City quietly and ruthlessly went about their business. And that business is winning games and making it to Europe; and maybe even a Cup triumph to boot.
Claude Puel’s side struggle, occasionally – as Leicester City often seem to – against the teams they should beat. Whereas, the East Midlands club can often gain a result over superior opposition. Murphy’s law.
Therefore, Puel defeating sides like the Magpies and Huddersfield Town recently, is actually a great indication the teammates are growing accustomed to the Frenchman’s methods. This was not always the case in previous endeavours.
Which is encouraging, because if the 57-year-old lost to the Terriers at the King Power Stadium, he could have been a dismissed from duty. Let’s hear from an influential, fresh face at Leicester City on the subject of grinding out results away from home; as well as performing brilliantly – as the Foxes did in the North East.
Leicester City made two changes from their starting line-up versus Newcastle: Ricardo Pereira returning to replace Rachid Ghezzal, who disappointed last Premier League outing. And captain Wes Morgan for Jonny Evans.
Ricardo is a hit on Fantasy Premier League with Leicester City player owners. ‘Fantasy Plonker’ was obviously surprised and disappointed that the speedy wingman was dropped from the starting line-up for the Huddersfield match.
‘FPL Stag’ made the Foxes of Leicester team laugh with this one!
Following the final whistle at St James’ Park, Ricardo talked to lcfc.com.
Ricardo speaks on Leicester City’s victory in Newcastle
After contributing to a clean sheet and helping get the three points, Ricardo said:
“[It was] a very good afternoon, more importantly it was a win, we did it and a clean sheet is even better.
“I think it’s very important, when we play away, to be defensively strong and then when we have opportunities to score, we did it and that’s the most important.
“At the beginning of the second half it was difficult in the first 10 minutes, but then we arrived to control the game and we had the opportunity and we scored the second. I think we killed the game with the second goal.”
“I think it’s part of our game to play down the flanks, the whole team was good, and that’s the most important thing for all the players.
“It was important to score the second goal because at 1-0 it’s always difficult, one ball, one set piece, they can score like we did and with the second goal, we had another way to control the game.”
– Ricardo Pereira (Via: lcfc.com)
Some very astute observations from the Portuguese – maybe he’d like a job working here!?
Don’t expect to see Ricardo playing in defence again soon
Daniel Amartey received some fairly harsh criticism from this website, amongst many others, for mediocre displays earlier this campaign. Please accept this as an apology: during this past week, Leicester City won all three of their games, with Amartey improving no end. His counterpart from Portugal, however, was often uninspiring at right-back.
Although, in attack or the wing, the 24-year-old seems to always supply an assist, key pass for a goal and nearly always scores. Puel would be wise to give up on Ricardo playing defensively and concentrate on his player in a more advanced disposal.
Having said this, the 24-year-old generally impresses going forward from defence; while his defending left much to desire. Yet, he is an abundantly positive addition to Leicester City’s roster – taking to the Premier League almost as well as James Maddison.