Every now and then a game comes along that you know will be talked about and remembered for years to come. Sunday 6th February 2022 will be miserably remembered by Foxes fans as the day that their East Midlands rivals humiliated them as they relinquished their FA Cup crown. So what did we learn?
No more excuses for Brendan Rodgers
I make no apologies for backing Brendan Rodgers this season, the amount of injuries he has endured has been unbelievable. But this game can have no excuses whatsoever. Leicester City have had a two-week break to give some much-needed rest to tired legs. Two key players in Kelechi Iheanacho & Wilfred Ndidi have returned from AFCON. James Justin is now back as well as Ricardo following his broken leg. Injuries can’t be used as a viable excuse anymore, there is plenty of quality in the squad to beat a team a division below. A championship side (albeit one in wonderful form) made Leicester look like a poor Championship side themselves this afternoon.
Weirdly the first fifteen to twenty minutes was mostly Leicester’s with promising plays from Harvey Barnes and Kelechi Iheanacho. But as soon as Philip Zinckernagel poked in the opener on 23 minutes for the hosts, the Leicester City players crumbled in nine first-half minutes as wave after wave of attack culminated in a 3-0 scoreline. The players looked shell-shocked, as did the foxes bench with no answers coming and an onslaught only given brief respite with Iheanacho’s smartly taken finish. They went in at halftime 3-1 down and it was no more than Steve Cooper’s men deserved.