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3 talking points in the defeat for the champions

The King Power club ended the campaign with a defeat to Blackburn, who had just two shots on target. Both were scored. Meanwhile, Enzo Maresca’s men controlled more than 70% of the ball and failed to put one between the net. In any case, this game didn’t matter to our ambitions.

The win against Preston North End confirmed the title, so this was just a luxury match for the Foxes. They still finished with 14 shots, only seven on target, but scored none of them. Blackburn illustrated why a strong and determined defence, combined with an in-form goalkeeper, can keep any team in any match for as long as it takes to get the points: that’s something we need to work on.

Maresca’s side is of course full of quality. Abdul Fatawu, Stephy Mavididi, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall and Harry Winks to name just a few of the high-end talents on the pitch. Yet technical brilliance and possessive dominance mean nothing without the mentality, tactical versatility and in-game management to truly control games.

Just because you have the ball for most of the match does not necessarily mean you are in control of the match. On the contrary: it indicates that your opponent is happy that you have such a high score. Blackburn’s game plan was simple: control the flow of the ball into less threatening areas, so Leicester’s chances would either have to be world-class long shots or cut short on close-range attempts.

The away team had the mentality to defend well, the versatility to appear on the counter to devastating effect, and made the right calls for substitutions to influence the game and maximize any chances the Champion Foxes could have had of creating a to bury a golden lead. chance on goal. This is a vulnerability for Leicester City.

We have quality, but only in most games do we show the collective mentality to behave like the champions we deserved to be. The East Midlands giants had no control over where the ball went and were at the behest of Blackburn’s positional errors to launch their attacks. There was no versatility to change the game. There was no plan B.