Leicester 0-1 Aston Villa
But : Barkley (90e) for Aston Villa
Barkley Rossed them.
An attack amputated of its detonator against a wait-and-see team and England’s best defense promised a slow start to the match. It did. Then, quietly, Leicester gradually set foot on the ball. And hand over the match, to the delight of Villans who delight in the spaces to operate against as usual. But despite this expected balance of power, the haze from King Power Stadium is hardly dissipating. Only the strikes of Iheanacho, well offset by Castagne (21e), and Trezeguet, at the reception of a center of Grealish (26e), take the form of timid sparks. But at the break, no one is leading. Even at the points, so difficult it is to come out of the lessons of this first act.
In the second half, the 22 players are still looking for the match that would ignite the powder. It is Tielemans who finds it, without succeeding in turning it on. He alerts a vigilant Martínez, on a strike deflected by Mings (59e). Ayoze Pérez, Iheanacho and Watkins play hide-and-seek without anyone being able to find them. A little word for Fofana, careful in his raises and who made a more than correct game on the defensive level. Rodgers could at least congratulate himself on that … Until Ross Barkley’s firecracker, who comes to punish the Foxes (0-1, 90e) and write the end of a bland story.
Insomniacs can rejoice, they have their new sleeping pill.
Leicester (4-1-4-1) : Schmeichel – Justin, Fofana, Evans, Castagne – Mendy (Choudhury, 78e) – Barnes, Praet (Maddison, 66e), Tielemans, Pérez – Iheanacho (Slimani, 70e). Coach: Rodgers.
Aston Villa (4-2-3-1): Martínez – Targett, Mings, Konsa, Cash – Mc Ginn, Luiz – Grealish, Barkley, Trezeguet (Traoré, 80e) – Watkins. Coach: Smith.