Leicester on the ropes in the Europa League after a weak defeat in Legia Warsaw | European League

Leicester is out of the ordinary and soon you will be out European League If they don’t get their magic back. Maher Emreli’s goal in Legia Warsaw’s win leaves Brendan Rodgers’ side with one point from their first two Group C games and many questions about how to regain the level of performance, both on their travels and domestically, earning them the ticket to Europe in the first place.

There were signs even before setting off that this trip would not go as planned by Leicester, as Kelechi Iheanacho was denied entry to Poland due to a problem with his documents. Rodgers said the Nigerian striker would have started otherwise as well as Jonny Evans, who missed out on illness. The arrested Wilfried Ndidi was another important absentee. However, Rodgers had plenty of options and it was encouraging that he chose to deploy three at the back for the first time this season as he has been looking for a solution to his team’s recent defensive fragility.

However, the new configuration process has broken down, especially early on, and the annoying thing is that it’s up to the staff. Leicester used to start games slowly this season and condemned again in Warsaw. The whole team seemed strangely slow, passing slowly and moving with as much liveliness and unpredictability as a baggage cart. While Legia attacked the match as if they were going into a cup final, some Leicester players looked like it was the last thing on their minds.

The hosts were quick to reveal the laxness on the left side of Leicester’s defense, in particular, with Caglar Soyuncu and Luke Thomas napping several times early on. Matthias Johansson might have punished them just two minutes later if not for a significant block of Daniel Amarty.

Johansson Soyuncu overtook again four minutes later before cutting the ball to Andre Martins, whose 20-yard shot was unable to upset Kasper Schmeichel. Leicester had been hoping to test the goalkeeper’s strength at the other end, with inexperienced 19-year-old Cesare Mishta making a rare appearance due to the injury to Legia’s No. 1 player, Artur Boruc. But visitors put little pressure on him. When they did, Miszta was found wanting, and he failed to drive a zigzagging corner kick off Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, but Ayoze Pérez was unable to set his feet fast enough to peck the ball into the net from four yards, and instead let it bounce. him to safety.

Perez did better when he spotted a clever run by Batson Dhaka and snipped the ball his way but the Zambian fired a left-footed shot from 16 yards. Those were trivial highlights. Much of Leicester’s first half was an uncomfortable watching for Rodgers, whose side passed quietly and seemed bereft of ideas and strength.

These shortcomings contributed to the achievement of the goal of Legia after half an hour. When Jose sent a pass to Emrelli on the edge of the area, the striker parried Amartey with embarrassing ease and then fired a low-leg shot from Yannick Westergaard and through Schmeichel, who watched it bounce off the far post into the goal. Clear.

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Emreli wasn’t the only Legia player looking stronger, smarter, and more enthusiastic than the visitors. Bartosz Slisz tried to give him another chance five minutes later after he kicked the ball off Vestergaard but the cross was too high.

As the first half drew to a close, Leicester finally rebounded but Perez missed the only clear opportunity they created, dragging for 18 yards. Rodgers’ side established control of the territory from the start of the second half but struggled to slip past Legia, who were content to turn around and wait for opportunities to counterattack. Even as Westergaard made a quick run to finish off a corner kick in the 66th minute, the defender eluded accuracy. who met the ball four yards away with his shoulder instead of his head, which enabled Mizta to save the ball.

Similarly, Daka missed a shot when he had the chance three minutes later. By then, Rodgers had played James Madison and Harvey Barnes in an effort to motivate his team. Ademola Lookman joined the action in the final quarter of the hour as Leicester changed his system and then Jamie Vardy was sent on a rescue mission. But instead Legia nearly doubled their lead, brilliantly thwarting Schmeichel Lerrim Kastrati before Thomas Beckhardt lifted a shot over the bar from 10 yards after another fast counterattack.

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