When Leicester face Manchester United this weekend, it could well be the biggest game in Brendan Rodgers’s career since a pretty notorious fixture six years ago…
At the start of the season, you would think that everyone involved with Leicester would have greedily taken fifth place.
But given the position they were in at the turn of the year, with a Champions League place there for the taking, it will be a huge disappointment if they don’t take a top four spot, for which they’ll need to beat Manchester United on Sunday.
“It’s really bizarre to think that on New Year’s Day Leicester were 14 points clear of Manchester United,” said ESPN Brasil’s Natalie Gedra on the Totally Football Show this week.
“This is a chance to see the Leicester team we enjoyed so much in the first half of the season, because they are really playing for something. I wish we’ll see that more aggressive, offensive team that was so enjoyable to watch.”
It’s a big game for the club, but perhaps it’s even more significant for their manager. Duncan Alexander compared it to another pretty big game from Brendan Rodgers’s past.
“It’s a really big game for Brendan Rodgers. It’s analogous with the Chelsea game when he was Liverpool manager, with a lot riding it. Hopefully nobody from the Leicester team falls over at a crucial moment.
“If Leicester beat Manchester United they could both qualify, if Chelsea lose at home to Wolves, which isn’t out of the question. The drama is there.”
Ah yes, Chelsea. The team who are supposedly adding Kai Havertz to their already stacked list of attacking talents, set to be competing with Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham for the attacking spots in Frank Lampard’s team next season.
All of which seems to be merrily ignoring the real problem in this Chelsea team.
“It’s all very well buying all these attackers, but they’ve conceded more goals than Brighton this season,” said Duncan Alexander. “They’re not going to be able to challenge for the title with this defence and goalkeeper. They look so susceptible from set pieces and crosses.”
Natalie Gedra added: “Chelsea have been in the top four since the ninth round [of the season]. It will be amazing if they let it slip in the final round. It’s going to be very tight and very interesting.”
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