The first game without Brendan Rodgers ended in disappointing fashion. Aston Villa was able to defeat Leicester City 2-1 in the King Power stadium. It is a real travesty that we walked away from this game with no points. The side played great today. However, self sabotage from a couple of players cost us points today. On the late Khun Vichai’s birthday, we left him disappointed.
Leicester came into this game with their typical 433. Daniel Iversen got to continue his run in goal while the backline consisted of Timothy Castagne, Harry Souttar, Wout Faes, and Victor Kristensen. Their midfield included Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, Nampalys Mendy, and Wilfred Ndidi. Up top had a sole striker and two wingers which included James Vardy, Harvey Barnes, and James Maddison.
The character, Emiliano Martinez was the main man between the sticks for Aston Villa. The defenders included Ashley Young, Ezri Konsa, Tyrone Mings, and Alex Moreno. They had two talented wingers Leon Bailey and Emi Buendia. John McGinn, Douglas Luiz, and Jacob Ramsey controlled the midfield while Ollie Watkins was the sole striker up top.
The first goal of the game was struck by Aston Villa. A lead ball is given to Watkins as he dusted past Castagne. Watkins would then have a horrendous strike but it would somehow sneak past Iversen. However, the foxes would strike next. A beautiful ball sent by Faes was received by Barnes. He would one touch it past Young and then hit it across the net, unsavable for Martinez.
The second half was a disaster for the East midlands team. A stupid challenge from ‘KDH’ in the 70’ got him his second yellow card and sent out of the game. Then, with three minutes left in regular time, Ndidi decided to pass the ball to no one instead of clearing it. Substitute Bertand Traore would captialize and finish it top left bins. All seemed over until Patson Daka got fouled inside the box. However, VAR would confirm Daka initiated the contact instead of Watkins, reversing the call. It was game over after that.
Leicester still sits 19th in the league with 25 points. It is going to be a massive challenge to avoid relegation this season. Changes need to be made in the squad before it is too late. The foxes now have a must win game against AFC Bournemouth this Saturday. Bournemouth currently sits one place above us with 27 points.