Leicester City 0-2 Manchester City: Player Ratings in poor performance

Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester City (Photo by Tim Keeton - Pool/Getty Images)
Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester City (Photo by Tim Keeton - Pool/Getty Images) /
Leicester City
Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester City (Photo by Tim Keeton – Pool/Getty Images) /

Leicester City suffered a defeat at the hands of a dominant Manchester City to leave the Foxes looking nervously over their shoulder in the top four race.

Not many were surprised to see Pep Guardiola’s side dominate the ball in the early stages, but few would have said that Leicester wouldn’t feature in an attacking sense at all in the first period.

Fernandinho had an effort ruled out and Kevin De Brunye hit the bar, but it was a tame first half from both. The Foxes only had a disallowed goal from Vardy to shout about.

The second half followed the same pattern, only this time the league leaders made their domination pay with Benjamin Mendy curling in a lovely effort, and then Gabriel Jesus tapped in the second after good work from substitute Raheem Sterling.

The game petered out, but Brendan Rodgers won’t be too disheartened and knows that this match was never one he had his hopes on. Plus, that defeat for Chelsea earlier in the day gives the Blues a much needed breathing gap.

However, it was a despairingly average performance, and I think that’ll reflect in the player ratings.

Leicester City scores

Kasper Schmeichel- 4

Horrendous in the first half with his distribution, he gave the ball away at least seven times. On no occasion was he under pressure as well, which was one of the reasons for that incredible zero per cent possession stat. However, a good save from Riyad Mahrez kept the Foxes in the game. Couldn’t do anything about the goals.

Daniel Amartey- 4

Just not good enough, sloppy defensively and offensively, would much rather see City with a back four rather than a back three with him in it.

Jonny Evans- 5

Nothing exciting, sloppy on the ball but was defensively solid.

Wesley Fofana- 5

Very aggressive which alleviated some of pressure of his side in the first half, then went quiet due to Manchester City’s dominance.

Marc Albrighton- 4

He was completely non-existent, but with Schmeichel constantly kicking nowhere near him; it wasn’t all his fault.

Youri Tielemans- 5

Man marked throughout the game, got into the match though, but I suspect that teams will copy this approach for the rest of the season, which means that him and Rodgers will have to find a way.

Wilfred Ndidi- 5 MOTM

Player very well in the first half, got stuck in from minute one, but the yellow card half an hour in restricted his performance. But his energy earned him my Man of the Match, but in a game of such mediocracy, it could have gone to anyone.

Timothy Castagne- 5

Leicester’s best attacking outlet in the first half, got forward well. But as so often in the past few months, he seems to quieten down after the interval.

Ayoze Perez- 5

Danny Ward could have played in his position and it would have been the same performance, but that’s nothing against Perez. He was so isolated, with no one prepared or able to give him the ball he ended up joining the front two as a lone figure. Showed some good moments here and there, but with Maddison returning, he’ll be playing a supporting role for the rest of the season.

Kelechi Iheanacho- 5

Couldn’t do anything, strangely substituted, but it wasn’t his game.

Jamie Vardy- 4

Hold up play was okay but was inexplicably offside for his disallowed goal when he wasn’t marked, which isn’t being talked about enough. Another quiet game.

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James Maddison, Ricardo, Papy Mendy- All 5; ineffective like the rest of the team, but good to see Maddison and Ricardo back.