Leicester City secured a credible 0-0 draw away at Slavia Prague in the first leg of their Europa League round of 32 tie. The first half was fairly open with both sides enjoying promising moments. Harvey Barnes looked particularly dangerous […]
Leicester City secured a credible 0-0 draw away at Slavia Prague in the first leg of their Europa League round of 32 tie.
The first half was fairly open with both sides enjoying promising moments. Harvey Barnes looked particularly dangerous for Leicester, slipping in behind the Slavia backline on several occasions. However, the hosts – who adjourned one of their stands with the message: ‘Slavia Prague, Fox Hunters’ before the game – threatened on the counter.
After the break, the Czech side came out of the blocks strongly, pinning their visitors back and testing Kasper Schmeichel with a few long shots. Leicester, meanwhile, struggled to respond with the game eventually fizzling out.
The draw leaves the tie open ahead of the return leg next Thursday at the King Power Stadium.
Kasper Schmeichel (GK) – 7/10 – Spilled a cross in the second half. It was a real heart in mouth moment. Other than that, he did well. Especially for a someone carrying 10kg of extra weight…
Daniel Amartey (RB) – 6/10 – Solid. His defensive discipline could not be questioned but Leicester seriously missed the attacking thrust of Timothy Castagne and Ricardo Pereira.
Caglar Soyuncu (CB) – 7/10 – A few rash challenges aside, he was very good. He won the overwhelming majority of his duels and finished the game on 14 clearances.
Jonny Evans (CB) – 7/10 – Provided a good foil for his more destructive centre-back partner. He showed good composure to help Leicester stem the tide when Slavia threatened.
Luke Thomas (LB) – 7/10 – Struggled to deal with the threat of Sima at times. Going forward he linked up well with Barnes.
Wilfred Ndidi (CM) – 6/10 – Not as dominant as we know he can be. He still managed to chip in with some important interceptions and tackles.
Youri Tielemans (CM) – 6/10 – Was guilty of slowly things down a tad too much in possession. Saying that, he was typically industrious and racked up an impressive amount of recoveries. Played the final ten minutes in attacking midfield.
James Maddison (AM) – 5/10 – He got off to a good start, linking things up effectively and impressing on the half turn. As Slavia improved though, he became marginalised and was substituted before the end.
Marc Albrighton (RW) – 6/10 – Started brightly and was constantly looking to get the ball in behind the Slavia defence. His influence waned as things progressed and he was withdrawn on the hour mark.
Jamie Vardy (ST) – 6/10 – Pretty isolated throughout. He made the runs, but did not get the service.
Harvey Barnes (LW) – 8/10 – His team’s best player. He exploited Alexander Bah playing high by darting behind the right-back on numerous occasions. If he sorted out his finishing, he would probably be the best player in the world.
Kelechi Iheanacho – 6/10 – Booked a few seconds after coming on for the softest ‘elbow’ of all time, ruling him out for the second leg. He was largely ineffectual.
Cengiz Under – 6/10 – Many Leicester fans were calling for him to start ahead of Albrighton before the game. On the evidence of his cameo, it is hard to see why.
Hamza Choudhury – 6/10 – Did nothing wrong.