Brendan Rodgers should have missed the announcement that his bubble had burst.
The dip that adopted Leicester’s gorgeous win on the Etihad was supposed to have sent them tumbling back in direction of mid-table mediocrity, but Monday’s complete 4-1 victory at Elland Road was their fourth win on the bounce in all competitions, and left them in second place within the Premier League.
Manchester City, Arsenal and Leeds are, on paper, three of the hardest away games the 2020/21 Premier League has to offer, but Leicester have crushed all of them in simply over a month, scoring ten occasions within the course of.
They may not be as good as they have been once they have been tipped to challenge Liverpool for the title this time a year in the past, but on Monday’s proof, they are not a million miles from it.
They outsmarted Leeds at each flip, standing agency in front of the ball and letting their hosts, coached by the uncompromising Marcelo Bielsa, have it. Lining up with a 5-4-1, they camped in front of the ball, their midfield line usually on the sting of their own third…but nonetheless looked the more doubtless of the 2 sides to score all through a comfortable first half.
They may try this because of the man main their attacking line, and the player who’s quick turning into Robin to his Batman.
Jamie Vardy and Harvey Barnes are creating an understanding that appears deadly. When Vardy ran onto Robin Koch’s mind fart of a back-pass and took it round Illan Meslier, there wasn’t a second thought in his thoughts about the place the ball was going next; straight into the space Barnes was about to occupy for a easy opening goal.
It was a fixed theme all through the first 45 minutes, Vardy occupying the central defenders and Barnes, given license to roam from his position on the left of their midfield 4, charging inside to support him. Tactically it was easy, but the duo have been too decisive and incisive on the break for Leeds to handle.
The second was a barely totally different story. As Leeds got their act collectively and chased the game, both of Leicester’s dynamic duo found themselves more and more remoted. Barnes was withdrawn, as was the useful Dennis Praet, but it seems it would not harm to have a bench with James Maddison and Cengiz Under on it.
They weathered the Leeds storm, and courtesy of additional goals from Vardy and Youri Tielemans, they made positive of a comfortable victory that put them second within the Premier League table.
They have been dissatisfied not to make the Champions League last time period, but if Vardy, Barnes and the remaining of the supporting forged can keep these sorts of performances coming, then in a single of the strangest Premier League seasons in reminiscence, you would not wager towards them placing that right.