Enzo Maresca – A tactical overhaul of Leicester City

By Baxter Wilson

Enzo Maresca has changed how Leicester City play in a massive way.

The former Manchester City assistant manager has changed the foxes from a counter-attacking team to a fluent tiki-taka play style.

Before Maresca joined Leicester he’d only managed 14 games of professional football for Italian side Parma.

Just like former Pep Guardiola understudies he has hit the ground running in English football, with only one loss in the Sky Bet Championship this season in 11 games winning the other 10.

This is a record breaking start to the Championship season since its rebrand in 2004.

Under former head coach Brendan Rodgers, the foxes played a 4-1-4-1, being very reliant on players like James Maddison, Harvey Barnes and Jamie Vardy.

This made Leicester a 1 trick pony and for teams who knew how to deal with this type of counter attack, it made it extremely hard for Leicester to dominate and win games.

Ultimately this got Leicester relegated on the final game of last season, despite winning in a 2-1 victory over West Ham at The King Power Stadium.

With the losses of star players: James Maddison, Harvey Barnes, Youri Tielemans and nine other departures from the club, and a new manager with only 14 games experience many were pondering how Leicester would do in the Championship.

They bounced back with the signings of former Premier League players Connor Coady and Harry Winks.

Also bringing in Mads Hermansen and Stephan Mavididi to strengthen positions with not a lot of depth.

The Italian manager has gone with a classic 4-4-3 formation, constantly rotating how the midfield three play, with all three midfielders constantly switching positions depending on how the game is going.

Mascesa also prefers to play the ball out from the back, waiting patiently until gaps form for players to make runs into them.

Enzo has completely transformed how the foxes play and it will be interesting to see how many more records they could possibly break this season.