Our 3️⃣ points as Leicester beat Man City to the season's first title | OneFootball
Our 3️⃣ points as Leicester beat Man City to the season's first title
After almost 90 goalless minutes, Kelechi Iheanacho stepped up and sent the Leicester end crazy at Wembley on Saturday.
Here’s what we were left thinking as things played out in the Community Shield.
Leicester will be just fine post-Jamie Vardy
Jamie Vardy is now 34 and will turn 35 during the 2021/22 season. There’s no escaping time. But Leicester will be absolutely fine as they begin to move on from him.
Harvey Barnes was electric throughout at Wembley, while subs Kelechi Iheanacho (who was superb last season) and Patson Daka (who looked incredibly rapid on his debut) have more than enough to take the baton as the new season progresses.
Leicester are the biggest challengers to last season’s top four yet again as plenty of question marks still surrounding Arsenal and Tottenham, and they will be just that with or without another strong season from Vardy.
The Foxes are sharp, hungry, well stocked in terms of squad depth, and have two fantastic forwards ready to take the leap in their careers.
Kane would complete Man City
This was far from a first choice Manchester City side. Pep Guardiola had Jack Grealish on the bench, while Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, and Phil Foden all weren’t involved. Nor was Gabriel Jesus.
But you still felt like a top class striker would be missing even if some of those players had featured. Just like in the Champions League final. C
Now we won’t say they aren’t all superb — they are, that’s why City won the league so comfortably — but a top striker would add another dimension to an already spectacular side.
And Kane would fit perfectly.
The Community Shield is a friendly more than it’s a trophy
Kids you haven’t heard of in the XI, both teams making lots of subs (sometimes to bring more kids on), a fan getting on the pitch to take a selfie with a player. And direct to penalties after 90 minutes? Not that we saw that in the end.
A day out at Wembley is always fantastic — this writer has been to more than one Community Shield as a fan! — but the game isn’t really a serious one, nor is the trophy. Pep Guardiola won none of his three Supercup finals in charge of Bayern Munich!
Whether or not this fixture is a friendly is a near-eternal debate but it has become an ever smaller mark on the English football calendar in recent years, with top clubs both making trips to Wembley and facing each other in pre-season more regularly.
It’s still lovely to win and Leicester fans should enjoy it like there’s no tomorrow but the shield is as figuratively hollow as silverware can be.