It seems Leicester City are really struggling to accept Saturday’s defeat, with left-back Ben Chilwell now coming out with some bold yet incorrect comments as to why they were hard done by at the weekend.
He isn’t the only one to throw his toys out the pram and become deluded in defeat, with Claude Puel and Danny Simpson also struggling to admit it was a game where the better side (on the day) won.
Yes it was a blow for them in their pursuit of 7th (and Europa League football), but they’ve not shown much grace in defeat, to the point where they’re now getting their facts horribly wrong.
Here’s what Ben Chilwell has had to say about the game, making some pretty bold comments given the he’s clearly got no idea about the stats:
“I’m not sure of the stats, but I think they probably only had two shots and scored both of them (NUFC had four shots on target to Leicester’s one..).
“That shows at the moment things are going against us. When a team has a chance, they seem to score.
“It’s not an excuse, but it’s just how it is and we need to make sure that we limit those chances that other teams get and, when we get chances, make sure we score them and be more clinical.”
Now, Ben opens his argument by admitting he’s ‘not sure of the stats’. This is abundantly clearly.
He reckons we got lucky as we had ‘two shots and scored them both’. This is pretty rich, as it turns out we had 4 shots on target to their 1 (being Vardy’s tap in late in the day).
Yes they had 66% possession, but we never gave them a clear sight of goal and the fact they waited over 80 minutes to have their first shot on target proves that.
He then goes on, suggesting that they’d have ‘100% won the game’ if a penalty had been given to make it 1-1:
“I haven’t seen the penalty. It definitely would’ve given the team a good boost going into the game 1-1 at half-time.
“We knew we would’ve 100 per cent gone on to win the game then. Being 1-0 down at half-time when we should’ve had a penalty was quite deflating.”
Again, another Leicester player who is arrogant enough to presume they would have ‘100% won’ if they’d got that break with the penalty, but he is also conveniently forgetting that, by the letter of the law, they should have been down to 10 men at that point (see Harry Maguire’s push into Dwight Gayle’s face).
It was a game where Rafa’s tactics frustrated them and our players fight and desire outgunned them. We were worthy winners and it’s about time they just took it on the chin and moved on.