Braga 3-3 Leicester: a game of two halves for the Foxes

Jamie Vardy of Leicester City (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)
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The other issue for Leicester City was the double pivot, which I’ve already briefly mentioned. Initially, it started with a partnership of Hamza Choudhury and Dennis Praet – who have never played together as a two, and Choudhury has only just started being implemented in the role (a position I think he’s good in). As for Praet, he’s shown his qualities in the right-wing position and looked sheepish alongside Choudhury during the first-half.

When playing the 3-4-3 formation, the two central-midfielders are the only “central” players in the structure. For this reason, they’ve got to show for the ball and demand possession – this wasn’t the case during the first-half, but when Tielemans entered proceedings, the control of the game entirely changed.

He became a consistent option to receive the ball from the defence, and demanded the ball as a catalyst of progression. I think the starters could both play in a double pivot, but together it wasn’t a good balance. If you want to play Choudhury, you need a player like Mendy or Tielemans alongside him – as they’ll dictate the tempo of the game and allow him to shuttle around in the middle. It’s the same with Praet.

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Once Rodgers got the balance right, Leicester City started to tick. I don’t blame him for dropping certain players to facilitate some rest, and I think he tweaked the side well to earn a point. It’s now time to see how he balances the squad for the fixture on Monday night, an away trip to Fulham.