When Christian Fuchs first signed for Leicester City, many assumed it was to take up the left sided role in a back three, while Jeffrey Schlupp, who had played so well at left wing back, must surely keep his position. It seems odd then that it took more than a year to ever see that layout.
It also seems fairly certain we won't see it again soon, after a bore draw against FC Copenhagen. Maybe it served a purpose; Leicester and Sevilla are the only teams left in the tournament yet to concede, but the Foxes looked much more assured once they switched back to what they knew.
In the second half, in fact, I’d day they looked the more likely team to win it, but in the end, they were clearly very happy to sit back and take a point. And who could blame them, really? A win against Brugge, as close to a sure thing as you’ll see, would put the team through and almost assures them a group win.
Kasper Schmeichel - 8
Do you want the good news or the bad news? The good news is that Leicester City currently have one of the most in form goalkeepers in world football. The bad news is that he’s out for a while.
Luis Hernandez - 7
The Spaniard is primarily a centre back, playing slightly out of position on the right, but he seemed to have no trouble with adjusting again to a back 5. For once, his throws didn’t seem to cause panic in the enemy ranks.
Wes Morgan - 5
He was fine most of the time, but the only thing you can’t do as a defender is make mistakes. Morgan made at least two big ones, and Copenhagen should have punished us. Better opposition will.
Robert Huth - 6
Huth made no major mistakes, but wasn’t commanding either. Usually these two dominate against the big men, but maybe these two were just too big.
With that out the way, how great was the neat interplay between Morgan and Huth in the opposition box. A little bit of fun in a long match.
Christian Fuchs - 8
Asked to adapt to a new position, I thought Fuchs did fantastically. He was solid made plenty of tackles and even a goal line clearance. He’s also the team’s best left footed crosser and put in some excellent balls.
Ahmed Musa - 7
He’s certainly got a spark when he’s on the ball. He’s quick, he’s got decent feet and you feel like defenders like it when he heads their way. That fits him into the Leicester City style, certainly. Needs to add something more to it though.
Danny Drinkwater - 7
Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V. Danny Drinkwater is a very good player. He wins the ball, he passes the ball and our best spells come when he’s hoovering up the second ball as it comes out of both penalty areas. He did make one big mistake, and paid for it by having to take a booking to stop the attack.
Daniel Amartey - 7
Another solid, workmanlike performance. He’s a decent defensive midfielder, but doesn’t have much else to his game. Is sometimes more hinderance than help at the top end of the pitch.
Jeff Schlupp - 7
I’ve been getting harsher and harsher on Schlupp, who remains one of my favourite players, mostly on comedy value. That’s usually because he’s keeping better, younger, players out of the lineup at winger. At wing back, he’s the best we’ve got, but he didn’t get to stay there very long.
Buzzing to see my brother @Jeffrey_Schlupp starting in the champions league!— Liam Moore (@liammoore93) November 2, 2016
I've flown to Denmark to watch Jeff Schlupp. Lmao at me— Dan (@Dan_Turner_93) November 2, 2016
We’ll call that a mixed reaction.
Riyad Mahrez - 7
It’s still in there and it’s so frustratingly obvious. At times he seems millimetres away from pulling off his ambitious attempts and, frankly, I’d rather that than him give up on it. The magician is trying to get out and I’m sure he will.
Jamie Vardy - 6
He’s starting to look like a man who needs a goal. The confidence of scoring seems to be wavering, and he was barely even getting himself into the box. As much as he offers in other ways, this side needs a regular goal scorer and right now, Slimani has looked much more that man than Vardy. Interesting to see what happens when he returns.
“He doesn't once lift his head. He almost hits it through goalkeepers. To be a finisher like that you need a lot of luck. Sometimes you'll have it, sometimes you won't” - former England striker Michael Owen on Vardy
Shinji Okazaki - 5
In 20 minutes, he had just nine touches. It wasn’t quite the worst touch/minute rate on the pitch, but it certainly doesn’t mesh with his all energy, short passing style.
Wait, he didn’t come on at all? We’ve got an incredibly talented 20 year old, desperate for game time on the bench and he didn't even replace Mahrez for the last 10 minutes after we’d decided to accept the draw? And we still had two subs left to use? Huh.
All things considered, we came out of the game with the result we were looking for, but because of the contributions of my Man of the Match, Kasper Schmeichel.