Leicester City’s European-football dream had already been confirmed prior to Manchester United’s visit. However, the Champions League was still up for contention. FoL analyses tactics and prospects.
The 2-0 loss confirmed Europa League football for the Foxes, whilst the result solidified the Red Devil’s as Champions League competitors next season, even with the 14-point advantage that Brendan Rodgers’ men had over their opposition after 25 games this season.
The result has been met with despair, and understandably so, Leicester City really have plummeted from the great heights of the first-half of the season, but a lot of contextual factors have taken their toll. I strongly believe, a Foxes’ side with Ricardo Pereira, Çağlar Söyüncü, Ben Chilwell, and James Maddison has enough pedigree and experience to see off the opponents in the Project Restart campaign.
Leicester City’s chances of taking more points against; Watford, Brighton, and Bournemouth, would have been greatly higher had all of those key players been involved. Alas, the Foxes missed out on Champions League football by four points, and given they only took two points from the aforementioned fixtures, it would’ve been entirely perceivable to take anywhere from six-to-nine points from those games, and this would’ve been enough.
There’s also the argument that squad depth was the most important asset a team could possess post-restart, and the East-Midlands club have always struggled in that area, even more so with an extensive injury list piling up. I fully anticipate, Rodgers will invest in rotational players – and a couple of marquee signings.