ANALYSIS: ‘Tinkerman’ off the wagon as West Ham win again

Alan O’Brien 

Claudio Ranieri all but banished his “Tinkerman” moniker upon leading Leicester City to improbable heights in 2016. The over-rotation of his Chelsea tenure gave way to consistency of selection at the King Power Stadium, much to the surprise of Ranieri’s many media detractors. But tinkering, apparently, is a habit that’s hard to break. And, much to West Ham United’s delight, the Italian very much fell off the wagon at half-time here. Continue reading

Leicester City 0-3 Chelsea: Old habits die hard for ‘Tinkerman’ Ranieri

A bewildering display of tactical tinkering from Leicester City’s floundering manager Claudio Ranieri paved the way for a facile return to winning ways for Antonio Conte’s Chelsea. Continue reading

Leicester City 4-2 Manchester City: Pep’s square pegs come a cropper against rampant champions

Pep Guardiola’s insistence upon fielding players out of position within a bewildering array of tactical systems that they scarcely understand led to a facile evisceration by Claudio Ranieri’s under-fire champions. Continue reading

Leicester City 1-2 Manchester United: Maiden Mou victory masks massive task at hand

Despite a late winner from the debuting Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Manchester United’s Community Shield victory over Leicester City provided little evidence of an immediate José Mourinho-inspired revolution. Continue reading

Manchester City 1-3 Leicester City: Leicester Destruction Of Manchester City Has Us All Believing In Miracles

Typing the words “a lesson in football” into your search engine of choice yields a YouTube video as the top result. “Manchester United 0-4 Nottingham Forest: A Lesson In Football”  features just over two minutes of highlights from the December 1977 game that turned the many doubters of Brian Clough’s newly-promoted side’s title credentials into true believers. With a devastating display of rapier-quick counter-attacking, Forest ripped apart their more monied opponents with consummate ease. Despite barely scraping promotion from the old Second Division the previous season, Forest went on to wrap up the league in April. United finished tenth. Continue reading

Leicester City 2-0 Liverpool: Trademark Leicester City Performance Renders Klopp’s Liverpool Toothless

Leicester City remain three points clear at the top of the Premier League table on Tuesday evening, thanks to a trademark display of defensive and counter-attacking prowess against Liverpool at the KP Stadium. Continue reading

Leicester City 0-0 Manchester City: Ranieri and Pellegrini Both Spring Tactical Surprises

Leicester City will go into the New Year level on points with Arsenal at the top of the Premier League, after an uneventful – but tactically interesting – scoreless draw against Manchester City. Continue reading