Leicester City 4 S.C. Braga 0
When the lineups were released, it didn’t seem like Leicester we’re ready for this large of a victory, but they took advantage of most opportunities that fell their way. The Foxes took 15 shots with six on target, and if it weren’t for Matheus making some great saves, leaving his line early to try and bail out his back line that repeatedly broke down to our attack, it could have been worse.
Kasper Schmeichel 8/10
Happy birthday Kasper! He made the one save he had to make and the only other big scare that came his way was an intercepted pass by Hamza Choudhury heading for a Braga attacker that Kasper intervened to keep the clean sheet.
Christian Fuchs 7/10
Fuchs was our third best ball mover, with 52 passes and a completion rate of 88.5%. His defensive contributions weren’t much, but two interceptions, one clearance and one blocked shot. His long throw-in also played a part in our first goal.
Wesley Fofana 9/10
Lil Wes is so close to scoring his first goal, I can feel it in my bones. Wes was our best ball mover with 62 passes with a 90.3% accuracy. Defensively, he had one tackle, three interceptions, one clearance and one blocked shot.
James Justin 9/10
He was a beast today at CB/WB whatever you want to call his position. He had three tackles, seven interceptions, one clearance and one blocked shot. He even managed one shot and one dribble. He was always where he needed to be and was a massive part of today’s victory.
Marc Albrighton 7/10
He was subbed off in the 61st minute, but I think that was mostly part of keeping him fresh for the weekend. It was a pretty standard shift from Albrighton down the wing where he provided cover for Cengiz Ünder.
Luke Thomas 8/10
For a young Fox who hasn’t had a whole lot of starts in the Premier League, for him to step up to the Europa League is an incredible achievement. I think he’s got a great mentor in Fuchs and a bunch of coaches that have simplified what they ask of him.
Youri Tielemans 8/10
I really wish he would’ve been rested for this game, but I understand why he got the start over Nampalys Mendy since that would’ve been a bit too defensive for this game. He didn’t have much work to do defensively, and his main role was just moving the attack forward, which he did well.
Hamza Choudhury 9/10
Hamza had a great game today and his four interceptions were crucial. He interrupted Braga’s best attack, had two tackles, and was hoping to get another goal off a corner, but it was blocked.
Cengiz Ünder 8/10
Our front three was very active, and they each could have had a brace if they were a bit more unselfish. Under had one assist and two shots, but one was reminiscent of Huth’s infamous free kick.
James Maddison 10/10
He was very demanding of his attacking partners, and while at times they were frustrated with each other, they still got the goals and the win. He scored and assisted and had five key passes. He also played the full 90 which will be great for his fitness.
Kelechi Iheanacho 10/10
Sometimes a player is just destined to score certain goals. His first looked like he had dribbled directly into the keeper, but it bounced off of Matheus and was an easy tap in for Nacho. The second was a blocked shot that still found its way into the net. He also had the most accurate shank that Dennis Praet ran onto to tap in. Nacho definitely meant to shoot it, but he won’t care and neither will Praet.