A combination of a wrong system, poor performances and no invention cost Leicester City three valuable points versus Fulham.
Goals from Ademola Lookman and Ivan Cavaleiro sealed a famous and desperately needed win for Premier League strugglers Fulham. Jamie Vardy set up Harvey Barnes who managed – despite a particularly weak display – to get an idealess Leicester City back into the game on 86 minutes. Yet it was too little too late for the Foxes, as they slumped to a third loss in four top-flight outings at home.
While Brendan Rodgers saw fit to begin with a defensive seeming formation – I know it interchanges positively in attack to a 3-4-3 supposedly, but it felt very 5-4-1 to me – but spotted what was glaring to the rest of the world by half-time and made the correct substitutions. Barnes and Cengiz Under rightfully replaced a not ready Luke Thomas and an out-of-position Dennis Praet who was not his usual self.
Even those alterations on 45 mins were not enough to pull Leicester out of the invention-less mire they collectively, sadly place themselves into. Huge parts of the second half were boring, uninspired and, frankly, embarrassing at times. And the less said about the first period, the better!
Areas of Leicester City’s play for manager to correct or change
I find it incredibly hard to comprehend why, especially when the Foxes have the worst record for conceding at set-pieces this season, Rodgers continues to persevere with the terrible zonal marking system on corners. It is so inept in football, it is laughable – if the Blue Army were not busy crying instead after that effort on Monday evening.
Many of the King Power side’s corners from James Maddison and Under do not clear the first defensive man; that would be unacceptable once in Sunday League football. Sluggish performances, certainly initially in matches, are now an unwanted staple of Rodgers’ team’s reputation.
Creative players are not doing what they are supposed to or sufficiently enough; too many sideways and backward passes show a lack of confidence here. The fact that veterans such as Christian Fuchs and Jonny Evans made error after error was surprisingly telling for the outcome. Whilst their heirs could not increase their form by stepping in to sure up.