James Maddison finds old fluency to fire Leicester to win but Legia fans' violence mars match

by 24britishtvNov. 25, 2021, 11 p.m. 15
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And welcome to coverage of this fifth round of Group C matches in which Leicester City, currently bottom of the group (but merely two points off top spot) are looking for their first victory in November , following two draws and a defeat during a run when their sparkle seems to have dissipated entirely. They need to win tonight against a side who beat them 1-0 in Poland because their last fixture is a daunting trip to Napoli, but still a stadium of which their most prominent fan, Gary Lineker, will have fond memories, having scored two penalties to spring England from jail against Cameroon in the Italia 90 quarter-final.

Ayoze Perez was asked on the eve of the match whether speculation linking Brendan Rodgers to Manchester United had destabilised the club.

"We are not even thinking about that possibility," Perez said. "What he has shown us, he is totally focused on where we can improve. We are not thinking about anything else, not him either. We are really focused here.

"He is trying to make us think about the basics (to improve form). You have to try not to overthink and overdo things. We are sure the win is close. We know the importance of tomorrow and we are focused on that."

Victories in their final two games against Legia and then at Napoli next month will send the Foxes through to the last 16 as Group C winners. Should they finish second they will go into the play-offs for a place in the new knock-out phase and face one of the eight third-placed teams from the Champions League group stage.

The Foxes are bottom after Spartak Moscow's surprise 2-1 win over Napoli sent them top of the group on Wednesday.

Perez says the squad have held some tough inquests recently over their poor form. "They've been very honest and open conversations, which is very important," he said. "In this situation we know we are struggling in terms of results and even performing but we are focused on what we can change to get the results we all want."

Youri Tielemans will miss tonight's game with a calf problem while Ricardo Pereira is sidelined with a hamstring issue. Wesley Fofana (broken leg) and James Justin (knee) are both long-term absentees.

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