Leicester City – Chelsea: Intriguing Tactical Battle Ends Even (2-2)
With Leicester City and Chelsea exchanging good spells on the ball, both were left disappointed as neither team could grab all three points. Brendan Rodgers and Frank Lampard installed effective pressing systems to go against the opposition building from the back, which created some brilliant football between two of the Premier League’s best teams.
Tactical analysis and match report by Joel Parker.
The inconsistent performances of both Chelsea and Leicester going into this matchup made this a pivotal game in the top four race. Having converted such a high amount of their shots earlier on in the season, Leicester City’s good fortune up front was bound to catch up with them. Just two victories in their past six games, in all competitions, is a stark contrast to the Leicester team we witnessed a few months ago.
Brendan Rodgers has predominantly used the 4-1-4-1 system this campaign, although he has experimented with his squad in recent matches. His use of the 4-2-3-1 formation in their away win to Brentford in the FA Cup gave them superiority in the early stages, but once their press and intensity dropped, gaps in the midfield allowed the opposition to get chances of their own. They also played in a 3-4-2-1 shape against Aston Villa in Carabao Cup competition, conceding in the 93rd minute to miss a trip to Wembley.
Chelsea themselves also have not gone through a great run of results, with the top four place potentially opening for a number . . .