Sheffield United 1-2 Leicester: Set-piece troubles continue for Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers, Manager of Leicester City (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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In possession, I thought Leicester City were good. There was a good tempo to the play, particular in the first-half. Throughout the second-half, it was more reserved awaiting an opportunity to puncture Sheffield’s structured defence. The options between the lines were able to receive the ball, but actually turning that into a chance creation was difficult – although Perez was able to convert reception of the ball into chances.

In the majority, the ball would be recycled again through the midfield. That’s why, for me, the substitution of Kelechi Iheanacho didn’t make a lot of sense. Instead, I would’ve opted for Barnes or Cengiz Ünder (a runner) instead of bringing on another player that likes to play in between the lines. This would’ve stretched the defensive line, and also given more space to the players operating in the half-spaces. However, at the end of the day, Rodgers changes got the result required and that’s all you can ask of him mid-game.

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It’s three great points for Leicester, and a performance to build from. Next up in the Premier League is Brighton & Hove Albion (H) who like to play expansive football, so the fixture should more suited to the Foxes. Graham Potter and the Seagulls have been an interesting watch this season, it will be a very difficult game, but hopefully an enjoyable one. There’s also the midweek fixture against AEK Athens (H) in the UEFA Europa League – where Rodgers has already stated getting top spot is of upmost priority. I anticipate an interesting starting XI will be chosen to balance topping the group and remaining fit for the weekend tie.