What Leicester boss Dean Smith got right and wrong at Man City

John Terry and Dean Smith, Manager of Leicester City (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
John Terry and Dean Smith, Manager of Leicester City (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) /
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Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester City (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images) /

What Smith did right

Reactions: instead of letting the game continue in this banal and incompetent manner, the gaffer changed it up at half time. Iheanacho made the most xG of any player on the pitch and offers the best option for getting onto low-crosses into the box, while Harry Souttar is obviously our high-ball king. At set pieces this was a strong combination which led to our only goal.

What was right was to realise the error and correct it. Mendy was clearly a better option than others due to his calm mind and neater passing. Bringing him on was a brilliant choice. Same with Dennis Praet: a less emotional player than Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, so he remained patient and progressive without the over-exertion or under-performance. We had a more balanced team.

So, what can we learn from this? City must stick with 3-4-1-2 from now on: it is a balanced, dynamic formation which can hit hard on the counter, retain possession well, and help us to prevent overloads in our defensive third. Iheanacho, Mendy, and Cags must start. Here is my preferred XI for the remaining fixtures, please share your thoughts on Foxes of Leicester social media channels:

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Daniel Iversen, Caglar Soyuncu, Wout Faes, Souttar, Victor Kristiansen, Timothy Castagne, Mendy, Youri Tielemans, James Maddison, Daka, Iheanacho. I’d also be tempted to shove the Aussie up front with Nacho and play Jonny Evans at the centre of the back three. Might as well try something different at this stage.