Leicester City once again found itself in the middle of a title race, just not quite in the same way as last time. The Foxes traveled to the Etihad and fought valiantly, only to be undone by a sure-to-be legendary strike from Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany. The 1-0 loss may have officially ended the club’s Europa League dreams, but there was still plenty to be positive about.
Kasper Schmeichel - 8
Made a few monumental saves, including this one reflex save off the line after the ball hit the underside of the crossbar. He also frequently delivered the ball to the fullbacks well, though there were one or two shaky giveaways.
Well, this is the save of the season. Goodness grief Kasper Schmeichel with the hand of God (the good kind) pic.twitter.com/GbEMpcdPGS— Ebo_AA (@EboAA1) May 6, 2019
Ricardo Pereira - 8
Put in excellent work on both ends of the pitch including some of the team’s best attacks. In fact, one of the best chances of the game came when he made a run into the box, stayed on his feet after a challenge, and delivered a threatening shot that was blocked at the last second by Kompany. He totaled four tackles, two interceptions, eight clearances, and two successful dribbles.
Jonny Evans - 6.5
Mostly held up fine in defense - including two tackles and 12 clearances - but made one crucial mistake that gifted a chance to the Citizens, though Schmeichel rescued him with a superb save.
Harry Maguire - 7.5
There wasn't much of anything negative to note in defense, and he played very well with the ball at his feet. He completed 90% of his passes including one key pass that came after a majestic run.
Harry Maguire you beautiful stallion pic.twitter.com/YgO7PmYl2c— michael (@MichaelEFranca) May 6, 2019
Ben Chilwell - 7
Was one of the team’s best outlets in attack in the first half, and managed to contain the opposition’s menacing attack quite well. He tallied three tackles and five clearances.
Wilfred Ndidi - 9
Just about as good a performance as you could have as a defensive midfielder, particularly against such dangerous opponents. He compiled an impressive stat-line of six tackles, seven interceptions, two clearances, four successful dribbles, and a 90% pass completion rate. He was spectacular all over the pitch.
Hamza Choudhury - 7.5
He was productive in defense, as always, with four tackles, one interception, and six clearances. He was also efficient with his passing, though he didn’t do much of it. One of his passes, however, created the best chance in the game. He played an excellent pass through to Kelechi Iheanacho who unfortunately shanked his chance.
Youri Tielemans - 6.5
Manchester City did well to limit his involvement in the game as he finished the day with 37 touches and 29 passes, numbers that were about on par with Choudhury who is more of a defensive presence.
Marc Albrighton - 6
At this point it should go without saying, but he was hard-running and hard-working as always. Still, his involvements on both ends were limited, though he did strike one volley that looked like it may have been dangerous had it not been blocked.
Jamie Vardy - 6
Not quite a game suited for him as he didn’t get much service. He did well to impact the game by running back into defense on occasion.
James Maddison - 7
He was once again deployed as a makeshift winger who spent most of his time drifting inward. His involvement was limited, but he was efficient with his chances. He drew three fouls, made one key pass, and completed one successful dribble. He also showed his quality in one standout moment where he escaped a seemingly inescapable situation in his own half.
Harvey Barnes - 6
Subbed on for Tielemans after Kompany’s goal. He didn’t get on the ball enough, but the few occasions he did he looked lively.
Kelechi Iheanacho - 2
Perhaps the worst cameo of his disaster season. He came on in the 79th minute and had maybe the best chance of the game fall to his feet, only to shank it so bad that some have questioned if he did so on purpose to gift his former side the title (to be clear, this is a ridiculous theory). He also picked up a yellow in his brief appearance.
I’ve watched this over and over again, I am convinced that Kelechi Iheanacho missed this on purpose.— Nic Mason (@MrNickMason) May 7, 2019
It’s not natural to miss that terribly from that position, especially when so much of the goal was open. #LFC pic.twitter.com/Ko2ojQvgP5
Demarai Gray - N/A
Subbed on in the 84th minute and had just one touch on the ball.
*all stats courtesy of whoscored.com
There was a ton riding on this game. Leicester City’s hopes of finishing seventh are officially gone and Manchester City have all but clinched another Premier League title. Still, there was plenty to be proud of for supporters of the Foxes.
Leicester’s players held their own against the juggernaut that is Manchester City and even left Pep Guardiola heaping praise. The standouts for the Foxes were Kasper Schmeichel, Ricardo Pereira, and Wilfred Ndidi. The best of them was Wilfred Ndidi, who put in a Fosse Posse Man of the Match performance.