Leicester City kept a second consecutive clean sheet yesterday for the first time this season in the Premier League, as they beat Leeds United in a narrow 1-0 win.
The Foxes are hoping to have a good end to a campaign which has been ordinary when the success of past two years is put in context. A crucial win against Leeds yesterday was a huge step in the right direction. Brendan Rodgers praised his players’ determination and resolution to clinch a close victory but some player stood out in this fixture.
Kasper Schmeichel – The skipper was probably the man of the match, making some mind-blowing saves. He has received a lot of criticism from the Blue Army this season regarding his decision making during corners. However, there has never been any doubt regarding his shot saving capabilities. Denmark’s goalkeeper had all the answers to the opposition; his battle with the attackers was even more interesting considering the visitors are a former of his club.
Harvey Barnes – There is something about the winger and this fixture. Since Leeds’ promotion in 2020, LCFC have played them four times, including both home and away where he has scored on all four occasions. The gaffer seemed to have realise that there was need for someone who could run with the ball directly at Jesse Marsch’s oufit; creating pockets of spaces and henceforth multiple opportunities. The 24 year old English forward shall be hoping to regain his pre-injury form so that he could be in the plans of Gareth Southgate again.
Jamie Vardy – I have put his name here sheerly on the basis of the fact that since his return following being sidelined, the East Midlanders have started doing the basics correctly. There is an uplift in the squad’s confidence and determination since his return. The star attacker provides so much more than just scoring goals: he constantly stood on the shoulder of the defensive line and, even at the age of 35, his pace doesn’t seem to slow down.
LCFC welcome Rennes in the Europa Conference League Thursday at King Power Stadium. They face the French in the Round of 16; winning the newly established competition would ensure qualification for Europe in 2022/23.