The starting XI did not give me much confidence to be honest, especially the forward line that was missing Auba and Saka…but there you go, maybe this is the game that will trigger Willian and Pepe’s fortune at AFC! What a game they had!
However, there are few concerns to be talked about:
- Another early goal conceded and in a very amateurish way…it was embarassing
- ESR’s injury before half-time. Let us hope it is not too serious but I am afraid that we won’t see him for a couple of weeks.
After conceding in the most stupid way possible, we regrouped and controlled the game and from that point onwards, the Foxes were nullified until the 96th mins when Ihenacho had a good look at goal. But overall, we really managed the game well and we applied good pressure to level the game and then to take the lead. I really liked the beginning of the second half as well where we still wanted to control the game. A good afternoon overall and a good team performance and credit to Arteta for his team selection.
Here are the ratings:
Pepe and Willian had a good game today.
They basically were the difference:
- Pepe getting fouled for the FK that led to goal 1. FK dispatched by Willian who racked up an assist.
- Pepe’s shot leading to the PK, expertly taken by Laca.
- Pepe starting and ending the move for the third goal with a nice lay-off to Odegaard whose brilliant pass to Willian led to another Willian’s assist.
Leno – 6.5 – Tidy job. Not at fault on the goal.
Cedric – 6.5 – Tidy job on both ends. Shame that his crossing was off today.
Luiz – 7.5 – A goal and a good attitude.
Mari – 6.5 – At fault on the goal conceded but then was solid and kept Vardy out of the game.
Tierney – 7 – Industrious as always.
Xhaka – 6.5 – A poor start followed by a solid display.
El Neny – 6.5 – Fought hard. Needs to be more adventurous with his passing at times.
Pepe – 8.5 – A nuisance for Leicester throughout the game and did not shy away from his defensive duties. MOTM for me.
ESR – 6 – An annoying injury but not his usual confident self until the injury either. Come back soon!
Willian – 8 – 2 assists and a good level of effort! Was nice to confirm his good performance vs Benfica with the solid display today.
Laca – 7 – Took his PK well and held the ball well when needed.
Odegaard – 7 – A good game for him despite a very lampe pass that could have led to a Leicester goal.
Auba and Partey – N/A – Was nice to see Partey again and Auba had one good chance too in his few mins on the pitch.
Arteta – 7.5 – Great team management and selection.