Leicester 0-1 Man City: 3 things learned

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Nampalys Mendy of Leicester City is challenged by Manuel Akanji of Manchester City (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images) /

Counter-attacking should be next on the Leicester City agenda

Harking back to the 2015-2016 season shouldn’t be a pastiche activity. We should all take note of that team’s remarkable ability to soak up pressure and hit teams with fast, aggressive pressing that can knockout opponents swiftly. Rodgers hasn’t quite mastered this art yet and in the majority of games he might have use possession to his advantage. Remember back to the more successful LCFC teams, and this element was a positive staple feature.

But against MCFC, the quick counter never quite materialised, with the tentative nature of the Coxes attacking play a hard habit to shake in advancing positions. James Justin seems to be one of the players struggling with managing this balance between attacking and defensive duties, too often he took the safe option and refused to commit too far forward.  Given how bad Leicester has been defensively not too long ago that is an understandable reaction. But to beat the cream of the Premier League will require more bravery. Counter-attacking will need to be the next weapon as the only way to defeat a team that a times saw centre-back John Stones roaming into attacking positions confident in the lack of leaving his team exposed against a tentative opposition.