Harvey Barnes was another thorn in Leeds’ side as they got off to an unlucky start in life under new head coach Jesse Marsch, losing 1-0 at Leicester.
eeds had several opportunities to break through the block in their first game of the post-Marcelo Bielsa era but found Kasper Schmeichel in irresistible form before Barnes condemned the visitors to a fifth straight defeat.
On his 100th Premier League appearance, Barnes continued his goalscoring record in every high-profile game he has played against Leeds with a commanding 67th-minute finish and there was no turning back for the West Yorkshire club.
Another setback keeps Leeds looking over their shoulder, although after conceding 10 goals in their last two games there could be some consolation in an improved performance.
Marsch, the successor to the popular Bielsa, whose name was insistently sung by a vociferous traveling companion, showed no lack of passion, regularly pacing and stepping out of his technical zone, and rallied his team for a post-game huddle on the center circle at full throttle . Time.
Leicester were far from their best but in the absence of the injured James Maddison they did enough to claim a second win of the week after claiming their first league win of 2022 at Burnley on Tuesday.
Much emphasis has been placed on Leeds’ ridiculous defense of late, but they’ve gotten off to an encouraging start under their new boss, who has consistently cut a lively figure in contrast to his predecessor’s brooding presence on the touchline.
Schmeichel came down to tip away after Dan James got behind Leicester’s back line and drilled over the goal while the hosts’ goalkeeper saved with his legs to deny Jack Harrison after another blitz break from Leeds.
Harrison’s teasing low ball along the six-yard line might have raised alarms, but no one could hit him as Leeds continued to threaten while Leicester were largely harmless at the other end against a side who leaked 20 goals in February.
While clear chances reigned supreme, there was a bit of a commotion when Rodrigo got the ball before being clipped by Caglar Soyuncu, but play resumed after a brief check while the Turkish defender was again forced to block with critical blocks Junior Firpo and from the resulting corner Raphinha.
Leeds’ deficiencies from set pieces were well publicized and they were almost uncovered from a corner, but an uncontrolled Wilfred Ndidi headed straight at Illan Meslier at half-time.
However, Leicester were slow to come out of the blocks in the resumption and were constantly put on the defensive, with a few key obstacles and Schmeichel’s enduring class keeping the goal scoreless against his former club.
Raphinha looked confident of breaking the deadlock – as he did in those sides’ 1-1 draw in November – arriving at the bottom of Firpo’s low center only to be thwarted by Schmeichel’s legs, just past the Dane , watched by father Peter in the crowd, reacted well to smash Rodrigo’s header off the post from a corner.
Brendan Rodgers realized a change was needed and he hooked Jamie Vardy, who only briefly teased after recovering from a hamstring injury in his first start of the year, and Hamza Choudhury, who has been repeatedly unmasked on the right by Leicester, in favor of Kelechi Iheanacho and Ademola Lookman a just after the hour.
The changes paid off almost immediately as Iheanacho Barnes played to give Leicester the lead against the run of the game.
After a give-and-go with Iheanacho down the left, Barnes opened up his body and slipped over Meslier, whose fingertips weren’t enough to stop the ball sliding into the net.
It was Barnes’ fourth Premier League goal in as many games against Los Blancos, who were unable to muster anything in the final quarter of the game.
Meslier denied Youri Tielemans late to keep the deficit to just one goal but it was Leicester’s day.
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