- The Departure of N’Golo Kante
Kante’s transfer to Chelsea for £30 million this summer will undoubtedly be a massive blow to not only Leicester city’s chances against Manchester United tomorrow, but also puts major uncertainties in their ability to retain the title.
If you watched any Leicester city match last season you will know how good Kante is. Kante made 175 tackles last season, 31 more than any other player in the premier league, and he also had the highest number of assists. Although a year ago Kante was also an unknown midfielder who surprised us all with stunning performance
2. The arrival of “The Special One”.
Whatever your opinion is of Jose Mourinho, it is universally accepted that “The Special one” is capable of orchestrating his teams to perform in big games. Although the community shield is technically a friendly game, Mourinho will certainly want to get his hands on some silverware after last seasons horror show at Chelsea. In the 2015/2016 season, he lost to Arsenal in the same charity shield and had a bad season, he won’t want a repeat again.
Already the mind games have begun for Mourinho, hitting back at Arsene Wengers and Jurgun Klopps criticism of the fee for the imminent Paul Pogba. He stated that their comments were “not ethical”. Also with the arrival of his fierce rival, Pep Guardiola, he will want to show his rival mangers that “The Special One” is back.
- Ibrahimovic and Co.
While Leicester have gone relatively low key in their signings, Man United have done quite the opposite. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly and Henrik Mkhitaryan have all made the move to Old Trafford with Paul Pogba reportedly on the way soon. These are all quality players and they will be looking to start in good fashion straight away to ensure their place in Jose’s starting 11. Leicester will have to be wary of these 3 players who are all expected to start tomorrow.
- Leicester’s poor pre-season
Leicester have lost 4-2 to Barcelona and Paris saint-Germain 4-0. While Claudio Ranieri has assured Leicester fans that they have “learned from their losses” it is concerning to see them concede so many goals. Last season they had the best defence in the Premier League, but it seems their defense isn’t as strong as it was last season, maybe because of the departure of Kante? With Kante now at Chelsea, its hard to see them improving drastically over the space of a few days.
Also with Zlatan looking to start off his United career on a good note, it’s hard to see the Leicester defence contain him for 90 minutes.
- Confusion around Mahrez
Despite Ranieri claiming Mahrez is “100 per cent” staying, he also admits that the constant links to Arsenal has unsettled Leicester’s star player and the whole squad. Although the PFA player of the year is expected to start tomorrow, he will not be fully focused on the match.
Nearly every victory by Leicester last season involved a goal or assist by Riyad Mahrez. So without Mahrez on top form, do not expect a vintage Leicester performance from last season.