So which Leicester would turn up? The rejuvenated rampant side that swatted away a poor Liverpool less than a week ago, or the ropey squabbling outfit that took to the field prior to Ranieri’s sacking?
Mr. Silva selected the following eleven to face the Champions –
With Mbokani out due to injury, and Elmo replacing Elabdellaoui at right back. Sam Clucas was also available again after his one match ban.
Right from the kick-off the home team were out the blocks quickly. Numerous attackers in a crazy opening six minutes meant the City goal was under serious threat three times.
Things calmed down a little and City managed to regain their composure, but on 13 minutes there was real danger again. This time from Allbrighton, who found himself in a great position to open the scoring, but thankfully hit an air shot.
And then, following yet another Leicester attack Clucas intercepts and surges forward with the ball. The Lincolnshire Ginger plays it out wide to Niasse, who cuts in to Grosicki. The Polish international then squares the ball back for Clucas to finish the move he started. 0-1 from a great team goal.
The lead doesn’t last long though, as on 27 minutes smart interplay between Vardy and Fuchs cuts through the right hand side of the City defence. Markovic and Elmo are left standing and the scoreboard reads 1-1.
Following the break the Tigers start brightly, and win a corner on 47 minutes. Grosicki whips the ball in, and it’s stabbed downward and toward goal by Maguire, but the ball dribbles agonisingly wide after scuffing the post.
Leading up the hour mark the home side regain the dominance, and following a spell of pressure strike the killer blow. Mahrez turned Robertson inside out before unleashing a wicked shot to beat Jakupovic at the right hand post. Both defender and keeper should have done better. 2-1.
The Tigers are huffing and puffing now, and on 82 minutes Niasse tests Schmeichel with a strong shot saved at the bottom left corner by the home keeper.
Leicester are still the better side though, and on 88 minutes a great shot down the left from Grey is well saved well by Jakupovic. The resulting corner is floated in smartly by Leicester, but the ball pings onto Huddlestone’s bonce and deflects sickeningly into the net. 3-1.
A poor display from City, with a number of players putting in poor performances, most notably Markovic and Elmohamady down the right hand side of the field.
That, coupled with other results going against City meant most supporters were feeling rather dejected by the end of Saturday. Continuing to play like this will mean relegation, but there are 11 games to go yet. A lot can happen before the end of the season.
Mark Sellers (@mrmarksellers)