Leicester City’s Mads Hermansen has spoken following the Foxes second defeat in a row. The Danish stalwart is untroubled, and here is why you should follow.
16 matches played, 13 wins and only three losses. Top of the EFL Championship with only the insurgent Ipswich Town challenging to take the top spot as the two sides early season form has been electric. The stories of the season: promoted and surging, relegated but reforged.
Leicester City should not worry
To Danish goalkeeper Mads Hermansen, it makes no sense to even bother worrying about the league table at this stage. Despite being at the top, there is much to play for, a lot that can go wrong and a lot that can very well see the Foxes crush the competition. Of course, thanks to an improvement from Leeds United and dogged challenge from Ipswich, domination is not yet the word of the game.
"“There are still so many games left to play, it makes no sense to look at the table right now… We have 30 more games and hopefully we’ll be on top then”"
There are many, many games left to play. Leicester are at the top for now, but that will change at some point. Even being so heavily pushed is not a concern yet. When we get to those final 10 matches where every point is the difference between devastation, promotion, and title, that is when the table begins to matter.
"“We just need to keep working in the same direction as we have been… We lost last time [to Leeds] and didn’t change anything and we won’t change anything in the future – we will just keep on going”"
Enzo Maresca’s systematic revolution at the King Power will sometimes wobble on the tracks, but the locomotive has strong foundations and a midfield engine that – injuries aside – will not stop ticking. If your wish to look at the table, then look at the expected goal difference per 90. The proof of this positive and unceasing direction Hermansen comments on is evident.
The Foxes sit top of that table too, gaining 0.81xG/90. We usually create a chance that should lead to a goal, whereas our competition beyond third will sometimes make a chance and other times will not. Again, it is Ipswich and Leeds challenging here.
Although Leicester City should keep treading the same direction, looking at the xG table gives a great indication of where this team can go if it keeps firing as it is. However, we would recommend Maresca formulate a ‘Plan B’.