Leicester City, who wrote a fairy tale, is heading for a sad ending.
Leicester City lost 0-3 in the 36th round of the English Premier League (EPL) in the 2022-2023 season against Liverpool held at King Power Stadium in Leicester, England on the 16th at 4 am (Korean time). Leicester, who had only 30 points, 8 wins, 6 draws and 22 losses due to the defeat on the day, stayed in 19th place, two points behind Everton (32 points) in 17th place. In the EPL, 3 teams are relegated. Southampton (24 points), at the bottom of the table, has already confirmed its relegation. There are still two games left, but the situation is not good. Leicester City are leaving Newcastle and West Ham.먹튀검증
If Leicester City are relegated, the winner will become the second team in EPL history to taste relegation. Leicester City became the EPL champion in the 2015-2016 season seven years ago. It was a surprise victory that no one expected. There was even a story called ‘Leicester’s Fairy Tale’. Since then, Leicester City has consistently climbed into single digits and established itself as a strong player in the EPL. In the 2020-2021 season and the 2021-2022 season, they even advanced to the Europa League.
However, recently, it has gone downhill due to the aging of key players and failed recruiting. Key striker Jamie Vardy has scored just three goals this season. Leicester City even had a strong water to sack coach Brendan Rodgers, but have not been able to rebound. Blackburn was the only club in the EPL that the champions tasted relegation. Blackburn won the championship in the 1994-1995 season, but four seasons later, in the 1998-1999 season, it stayed in 19th place and was relegated. Blackburn has shown ups and downs since then, and has been relegated to League 1 and is currently running the championship.
Leicester City struggled against Liverpool on the rise that day. Leicester started a 4-3-3 formation. Vans, Body, and Madison made up the three-top team, and Sumare, Ndidi, and Tielemance made up the waistline. Castagne, Evans, Pars, and Pereira formed a back four and Iversen guarded the goal. Liverpool also faced off with a 4-3-3. Dias, Gakpo, and Salah formed the attacking triangle. Jones, Fabinho and Henderson formed the midfield. Robertson, Van Dyke, Konate, and Alexander-Arnold made up the back four. Alisson put on his goalkeeper gloves.
From the start, both teams battled each other. Leicester created opportunities by targeting the space behind Liverpool. In the 12th minute of the first half, Vardy received a pass from Barnes, but Alisson blocked it. Liverpool, who changed the atmosphere with Fabinho’s mid-range shot, scored the opening goal. In the 33rd minute, Salah crosses from the left. Jones jumped in and finished it off. Liverpool, who gained momentum, scored an additional goal. Again, it was a Salah-Jones combo. Salah gave it up in the 36th minute, and Jones again finished with a clean shot. Liverpool’s attack continued. Leicester City, busy on the way, was in a hurry to block.
Leicester’s attack continued in the second half. In the 7th minute of the second half, after receiving a pass from Vardy, Barnes’ sharp shot was blocked by Alisson. Leicester City replaced Ndidi and Barnes in the 16th minute with Dhaka and Tete. Liverpool miss a chance to score a goal. Salah’s shot was blocked in the 23rd minute of the second half. However, after 3 minutes, a wedge was hammered into the nose. Arnold scored from a free kick. Liverpool put in Jota and Milner to solidify.
In the 34th minute of the second half, Salah had a chance to confront the goalkeeper, but it did not lead to a goal. Liverpool put in Carvalho and Elliott, and the match ended with Liverpool winning 3-0. Leicester City had to keep their heads down.