Sky Sports pundit says Leicester must contend with change in tactics

Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas says that teams will start to adopt defensive-minded tactics against Leicester City until the end of the season.


Pundit Charlie Nicholas has said on Gillette Soccer Saturday, broadcast on February 27 at 5.15pm, that Leicester City must learn to adapt during the closing weeks of the Premier League.


On Saturday afternoon, Leicester struggled to a 1-0 victory over Norwich City thanks to a late goal from Leonardo Ulloa, but the Foxes were frustrated by their opponents for much of the afternoon.


The Canaries missed chances to lead against the league leaders before Ulloa netted in the final minute, and Nicholas feels that future opponents will take encouragement from the way Norwich performed at the King Power Stadium.


Leicester were indebted to the alterations made by manager Claudio Ranieri, who boldly withdrew both N'Golo Kante and Shinji Okozaki, but fortune favoured the brave as the Foxes extended their lead at the top of the standings to five points.


Nicholas said: "They already have the belief, but there will still be self-doubt with how they are playing.


"They aren't playing badly but I would be surprised if West Brom don't play similarly to Norwich and sit in, be strong defensively, don't move, don't leave any space in behind and get in quick to Mahrez.

"It's the same test, and if they don't win and Arsenal and Spurs do, very quickly they could find themselves in third. That's how dramatic we are getting, but if Ranieri keeps making changes like today, who knows."

Two weeks ago, Leicester were on the receiving end of a last-gasp goal against Arsenal, but the desire they showed in the final stages this afternoon suggests that they are capable of grinding out results, rather than relying on outscoring their opponents through the likes of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez.

Leicester will hope that Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur drop points on Sunday, but regardless of those results, the Foxes will be fully focused on adding another three points to their total when they host West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday night.

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