Is the spark fizzling out of the Leicester City- Brendan Rodgers romance? Results certainly indicate so. Just one win in five going into this one leaving the foxes languishing in mid table mediocrity. NOT GOOD ENOUGH for a team with Champions League ambitions. One might say the injury list is going long but hey that’s why they have big squads these days. They face Villa who are on a high since Gerrard showed up , losing once in three to Man City(no disgrace there). Soccer rules 101. An opposing striker isn’t allowed to kick the ball from the goalkeeper’s hand(s) even when the keeper is on the ground. Ramsey found this out when he kicked the ball from Schmeichel’s hand after he had made the save. Arguments from Villa were that Kasper didn’t have control of the ball. But rules say that the fact that he had hand on the ball is control enough. Got it, lesson learnt. Leicester lined up 4-2-3-1 leaving Vardy out for Daka. With Tielemans missing Rodgers opted for safety with a young Dewsbury-Hall partnering Ndidi. The youngster is a great passer but defensive attributes are suspect.

Daka can be credited with the assist to Barnes for the goal but he wasn’t his potent best in front of goal. Leicester have always been a great counter attacking side, that can also be an Achilles heel if you come across a side like Villa with an in form low lying midfielder. Nakamba was again impressive in that position. Great effort as well from Martinez with a wonderful save off Barnes’s header. Set pieces are clearly Leicester’s weakness. That comes with a Brendan Rodgers passing team , maybe hiring a defensive assistant coach could be a way to go for them in the future. They have now conceded 10 goals from set pieces this season.

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