O90 – Tactical Analysis – West Ham 1 – 2 Leicester City

West Ham hosted Leicester City overnight, a week after both teams registered highly impressive opening week victories. A frenzied battle followed, with the Foxes just edging a 2-1 victory, though some questionable refereeing was also the cause for much hand-wringing around East London.

With the Hammers allowed the space and possession to control the match from the outset, they were in a very different position to the one that proved successful against Arsenal. Leicester were locked and loaded to explode out on the break, and they shocked the home side, scoring two razor sharp first-half goals in exactly that fashion. Both were breathless counter-attacks, begun and finished in the blink of an eye. Dimitri Payet, far and away West Ham’s best player, pulled a goal back early in the second-half, but his side were unable to break through a canny and obdurate defence who, as soon as their lead was pegged back, began running down the clock…

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