Alessandro Nesta in a Juan Veron role (FIFA 2000 #7)

Chelsea (1:1) Leicester City

Gianfranco Zola

Emile Heskey

This is the sort of game I would like my team to carry out. Naturally we sat deeper, going to a place like Stamford Bridge and put aside the first goal, it was just a freak goal that we can put to bed. A fantastic stop from Paul Robinson in net was rebounded into the net with Zola’s knee. Heskey drew us level before the break and Chelsea drew us out of our shell and we played free flowing football. Nedved almost acted as a right winger, taking on some of John Arne Riise’s duties and pumped balls into Heskey.

 

Leicester City (2:3) Derby County

Paolo Wanchope

Branko Strupar

Branko Strupar

Emile Heskey

Pavel Nedved

There just isn’t any excuse to finding your team 3-0 down at home to 9th placed Derby County. Alessandro Nesta was complacent and instead of his usual defensive midfield role, he was playing in a marauding Juan Seba Veron-type position which helped nobody but Derby. I pushed him back into the defence for the second half and we reaped the rewards, two goals that were too late.

 

Tottenham Hotspur (1:2) Leicester City

Les Ferdinand

Alvaro Recoba

Alvaro Recoba 

Again – we switched on late but this time we weren’t punished for our wandering defensive midfielder and wing-backs. Unfortunately Les Ferdinand undid his cousin Rio with a sublime move by the corner flag and the rest was history. Thankfully, the combination between Francesco Totti and Alvaro Recoba was out of this world up front and resulted in two goals for the Uruguayan.

 

Leicester City (2:1) Sheffield Wednesday: Recoba, Totti

Manchester United (1:0) Leicester City

West Ham United (0:2) Leicester City: Heskey, Riise penalty

Bradford City (0:1) Leicester City: Gerrard

Leicester City (1:0) Wimbledon: Heskey

The Sheffield Wednesday was another perfect example about us waiting half an hour before turning it on in a game, Alvaro Recoba dug us out of a hole. He was suspended for the trip to Old Trafford and going to English and European champions is hard enough but a 1-0 loss showed us in a relatively good light going into an FA Cup semi-final, the prize was Middlesbrough at Wembley in the final. A Heskey goal four minutes into first half stoppage time and a John Arne Riise penalty was enough in a scrappy affair, the sort of affair that didn’t care for tactical nous. Two more ground out results against Bradford and Wimbledon cemented us as serious contenders for a European spot.

 

League Table: (after 34 games)

Manchester United     83

Leicester City              68

Arsenal                        68

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Chelsea                       66

West Ham                   62

Liverpool                     61

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