It was a successful evening for Leicester City in the Carabao Cup as they were able to defeat Burton Albion 2-0. The Pirelli Stadium got to witness what true Enzo Maresca football is. The Foxes were able to build up the attack starting from the back line, they counter-attacked when needed, and the defense was spectacular.
Maresca came into this game with a 3-4-2-1 formation. Due to Mads Hermansen suffering a quad injury in training, Jakub Stolarczyk was the main man between the sticks. The three defenders in front of him were Callum Doyle, Wout Faes, and James Justin. Wanya Marçal-Madivadua and Marc Albrighton were the paring on the wings as they were paired next to Hamza Choudhury and Harry Winks. Wilfred Ndidi and Dennis Praet were playing higher up on the pitch as Kelechi Iheanacho played as the sole striker.
Burton also came into this game with a 3421 formation. The gigantic Jamal Blackman was in goal as he had Deji Oshilaja, Ryan Sweeney, and John Brayford defending in front of him. Steve Seddon and Jake Caprice were out on the wings as they played next to Joe Powell and Rekeem Harper. Mark Helm and Bobby Kamwa played higher up the pitch and Cole Stockton was the sole striker up top.
The first half was the Iheanacho show. In the sixth minute, Albrighton did what he did best and sent a cross into the box. The cross was behind Iheanacho, so he back kicked the ball into the goal! He looked like the heartbreak kid Shawn Michaels the way he did a sweet chin music to the ball.
The second goal came in the 45’ when Iheanacho had a one-on-one attack towards the goal. While stuck in the corner, he sent a beautiful pass to Ndidi who finished the shot top right bins. The first half was dominated by the East Midlands team. Burton had a great opportunity at scoring. However, Doyle had a great goal line clearance which ruined their sole opportunity of the half.
The second half was also a domination from Maresca’s side. The only difference is the team wasn’t attacking as strongly. It felt like they were settled on the two goal lead. So the team held onto the ball as Burton struggled to find a way to get the ball back. The Foxes have officially advanced to the next round of the EFL Cup.