It was another heavily emotional day for the Foxes as they honored the late chairman at the King Power for the first time since his passing. Beautiful tributes and appearances from some important faces in recent Leicester City history (Sir Claudio Ranieri, Nigel Pearson, Craig Shakespeare, Roberth Huth, Esteban Cambiasso, etc.) set the scene for a somber and reflective game. The final scoreline of 0-0 against Burnley was a secondary concern, but even then the Foxes played well and perhaps deserved more.
Kasper Schmeichel - 7
The Clarets only had one shot on target on the afternoon, but Kasper handled it well. He also impressively got a hand on a threatening free kick that looked to be going just wide.
Ricardo Pereira - 7.5
It was a steady performance on both ends that resulted in three completed dribbles, one key pass, and two tackles.
Wes Morgan - 7.5
Credit to the captain for unexpectedly coming back into the XI the last two weeks and playing well. This time he finished with seven clearances.
Jonny Evans - 7
He was in for the injured Harry Maguire and performed admirably. Tallied four clearances and two interceptions, but unfortunately left the game through injury in the 89th minute.
Ben Chilwell - 7.5
Maintained the form that is seeing him emerge as a star. Strong on both ends of the pitch and even whipped in a clever cross in the dying minutes that Okazaki nearly headed in as a winner.
Creativity & Dribbling Ability of Premier League Fullbacks.— Haysoos (@OmVArvind) November 9, 2018
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Nampalys Mendy - 7
It was a typically solid day for Papy, though not quite as productive defensively as he is at his best. Still, there wasn’t much threat coming from the Clarets and he hardly misplaced a pass.
Wilfred Ndidi - 8
Wilf’s tremendous run of form continues. He was stout defensively (duh) with three interceptions, two tackles, and ten aerial duels won, but he offered more going forward than just about ever. He was credited with five shots, two on target, and two key passes on the day.
Marc Albrighton - 7
A typical display from Albrighton: run hard, cross often, and cross well. He finished the day with two key passes as a result.
Rachid Ghezzal - 8
Perhaps surprisingly got the nod as the replacement for the injured James Maddison but proved his worth. Frustratingly inconsistent with a few bad decisions, but overall he was a significant positive, especially in the first half. He totaled five key passes - the most on the team - and hit the woodwork with a header.
Demarai Gray - 7.5
Maybe didn’t offer much in the end-product department, but was frequently willing to push forward and break lines. He also somehow made three tackles.
Jamie Vardy - 7
Still couldn’t get back on the scoresheet, but played better than he had in a while. Had a shot cleared off the line and was generally threatening in attack including three key passes.
Kelechi Iheanacho - 5.5
Came on for Albrighton in the 59th minute and had a rough day. Had a disastrous start with a bad giveaway and subsequent foul in a dangerous area. After that he occasionally occupied threatening spaces but didn’t touch the ball very often.
Shinji Okazaki - 7
Unlike Iheanacho, he looked threatening going forward. Had very little time to make a difference as an 83rd minute substitute, but did it regardless. Made a few good passes and good areas and nearly scored the winner with a late header. It was his best performance of the season.
Çağlar Söyüncü - 6
Had a brief cameo as he came on in the 89th minute for the injured Evans. Didn’t have much to do but did look comfortable on the ball the few times he got it.
We are now 12 matches into the Premier League season and City is becoming a hard team to judge. They often seem to be producing more threat than the final scoreline would indicate. Some may point to a lack of clinical finishing as the reason this is the case, but the Foxes had scored a goal in every game up to this point.
The threat in this game came from a number of different City players so Man of the Match had a few credible candidates. In the end, however, the Fosse Posse MOTM had to be Wilfred Ndidi. The reliable midfielder offered too much on both ends of the pitch for anybody else to take the title.