Matchday Live: Huddersfield Town vs Leicester City – The Interview

After the disappointing defeat on Monday to a rejuvunated West Ham United outfit, much of the attention of Town’s players and fans immediately turned to Saturday’s game.

Considering the visible anger of David Wagner after a limp performance at the Olympic Stadium, David Wagner will be expecting a big response and the team to rectify their mistakes, most of which came when in possession.

In the build-up to Town’s clash with Leicester City, we spoke to Harneet Singh of the Foxes of Leicester website to discuss Leicester City, Town and the game itself.

Leicester City:

1. What have you made of Leicester’s summer overall?

“Leicester City didn’t do too badly, but they do could have done much more”.

“To sign Harry Maguire and Vicente Iborra was a masterstroke, one that needed a good follow-up with another defensive signing, but they signed Kelechi Iheanacho instead”.

“While the Nigerian is undoubtedly a fine addition, I’m not sure if he was what Leicester City needed”. 

2. What have you made of Leicester’s start to the season?

When I first saw the fixture list, it wasn’t too tough to call that Leicester City would initially struggle”.

“They have played some quality football, though, and as the fixtures ease up, the points will come”. 

3. Who will be your key players this season?

“I’d say Harry Maguire and Jamie Vardy for the way they can lift the team and lead with an example at the same time”.

“Take either player out of the team and you’re potentially taking the driving force out”.

4. What are your hopes and realistic ambitions for the remainder of the season?

“As far as hope goes, I really want to see Leicester City finish inside the top 8. Realistically speaking, though, I feel Leicester City will finish just outside the top half. I can see Leicester City having a considerably good run in the cups though”.

5. Where do you see Leicester finishing come May?

“12th.”

After discussing Leicester in length, we moved on to discuss what Harneet thought of Town’s start to the season and more broadly the newly promoted side in general.

Huddersfield Town:

1. Can you draw any parallels between Huddersfield and Leicester when Leicester came up as a newly promoted side?

“Not really. They don’t match in terms of the playing style or the attacking endeavour. Maybe, if it’s sheer spirit we are talking about, then yes, I do see similarities”.

2. How highly do you rate David Wagner and what do you make of the signings he has made this summer?

Very highly. David Wagner is a top-class manager, who I’m sure will make a name for himself in the near future, if he hasn’t already. As for the signings, they were sensible and good”.

3. How do you rate Town’s survival chances this season?

I don’t think they’ll struggle to survive. I’d be more interested in talking about how high can they possibly finish”.

4. Do you think their style of play will suit the Premier League?

“We’ve seen enough to be able to say that yes, it does suit the Premier League. If the players are built well enough for a certain system, you’ll always do well”.

5. Who in your opinion are Town’s standout players?

Chris Löwe and Aaron Mooy”.

6. What did you make of Town’s first defeat of the season to West Ham? Do you expect a strong response to be shown by David Wagner’s side?

“I was disappointed to see the wrong Huddersfield Town turn up against West Ham United. They lacked everything that night, but I don’t expect to see a repeat against Leicester City”.

Following an interesting discussion about Town, we finally moved onto the Saturday afternoon clash to discuss how the game could go and possible predictions.

The Game:

1. What did you make of Leicester’s defeat to Chelsea last time out?

“Leicester City should have got a point at least. Chelsea were sloppy at the back and with the number of chances that Craig Shakespeare’s side created, two goals shouldn’t have been tough to get”.

2. How do you see the match going? Tight and cagey or an end to end affair?

Tight and cagey. Huddersfield Town won’t make life easy for Leicester at all, who do like to ‘play'”.

3. How do you think Leicester will look to approach the game? Do you think they will allow Town to dominate possession or will they try to impose themselves from the off?

“Leicester City aren’t the kind of side that likes to keep the ball, simply because they don’t know the possession game. Huddersfield should dominate the ball”.

4. What will be the key battles that could decide the outcome of the match?

“I won’t specifically name a key battle but Leicester City’s midfield is very weak at the moment. Win in the middle of the park and you’ll have the game”.

Yeah 5. If you had to pick the Leicester starting XI for Saturday, who would you pick?

“Vardy, Okazaki, Mahrez, Albrighton, Iborra, Ndidi, Chilwell, Maguire, Morgan, Simpson, Schmeichel”.

6. What’s your score prediction for the game?

“1-1. I can’t see Leicester City winning this one just as I can’t see Huddersfield Town dropping points”.

After a disappointing last outing, David Wagner will be desperate for a positive response to have a home fixture in front of a sell out crowd will give him and his side the perfect opportunity to bounce back. However, if they are to do so, they will have to overcome an excellent Leicester City who may well be Town’s biggest challenge to date. 

One thought on “Matchday Live: Huddersfield Town vs Leicester City – The Interview

  • September 16, 2017 at 9:53 pm
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    Two points dropped, one gained – every fan has a view and they judge it how they see it, but a point I’m content with. The officiating standard is inconsistent and it brings the game into disrepute, but it’s been like this with the refs for as long as we can remember at this level. Kachunga was unlucky – it should have counted and not being chalked off. Video replays are absent from the sport and, until they are introduced to assist the referees with the big game-changing moments, we will see refs who are only human make decisions that affect how the game ends.

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