Dan Bates, Harvey Barnes & Matt Elliott

Matchday Minus Two Talking Points: Barnes Blossoming, Exceeding Expectations & Continuing To Build

Leicester City midfielder Harvey Barnes joined the Matchday Minus Two team on Wednesday to look ahead to the Foxes' next Premier League encounter against Norwich City.
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- Harvey Barnes was the special guest on Matchday Minus Two this week, alongside Leicester City legend Matt Elliott
- The pair previewed City’s Premier League clash against Norwich City at Carrow Road on Friday (8pm kick-off)
- Live coverage of the match will begin at 5pm on LCFC Radio and is available for free
- Barnes also talked through the season so far and how the team are preparing for the final run-in

Former Fox Matt Elliott was also on hand to preview Friday night’s fixture, an 8pm kick-off at Carrow Road, and provide his expert opinion, alongside host Dan Bates.

The panel discussed City’s season so far and how Barnes has made a such a significant impact on Brendan Rodgers' side throughout the season…

Full of confidence  

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Harvey Barnes
Harvey Barnes

Harvey Barnes says the team have trained well in preparation for Friday's game at Carrow Road.

Harvey Barnes said: “We’ll be looking to go there [to Norwich], get a good result and performances will follow that. The game didn’t quite go to plan result-wise on Saturday but we’re full of confidence going into this one after a good week’s training, so we’re looking forward to it.”

Freedom to play

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West Ham celebration
West Ham celebration

City's attacking players have been given the freedom to express themselves this season.

Matt Elliott said: “It’s not just the league position itself, it’s the football that’s being played. The standard being produced is exceptional and it must be a joy to be involved in. The play is very structured, up to a point and then it’s ‘go on lads, do what you do’ and everyone is given a licence.”

Continue to build

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Handshakes at King Power Stadium
Handshakes at King Power Stadium

The Foxes drew 1-1 with Norwich in the reverse fixture at King Power Stadium.

Harvey Barnes said: “We’re very pleased with how it’s gone so far. We’ve got that last push now. We’re in a great position, we’ve played some really good football and we’ve done exactly what we wanted to do. It’s going to be important with the position we’re in at the minute and the games that we’ve got left. Obviously, we want to get as many points from those as possible and that’s starting on Friday night.”

Barnes blossoming

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Harvey Barnes
Harvey Barnes

Academy graduate Barnes in action against Chelsea earlier this season.

Matt Elliott said: “I see the fear in the opposition full-backs’ eyes, I’m seeing it more and more regularly these days. I love it when you just test them one-on-one, it’s almost old school... let’s see if you can handle me. It’s pace, power and precision and you can conjure up different ways of playing.”

More to come

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Harvey Barnes
Harvey Barnes

The 22-year-old was on the scoresheet at Turf Moor in January - one of four goals in 2020.

Harvey Barnes said: “There’s been an improvement on last season. I feel like goals and assists will come. I’m still very young, I’m learning a lot in the game, the manager has been helping me with that. There’s still a lot tactically that I can learn and I’ve still got more developing to do. It’s been a good season so far but there’s still a lot to come. Every time I go on the pitch I want to score goals. Since the turn of the year they’ve started to go in and hopefully that can continue.”

Exceeding expectations

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Hamza Choudhury
Hamza Choudhury

Preparations are almost complete for Friday's trip to Carrow Road.

Matt Elliott said: “They’ve been exceptional, particularly in the first-half. The lads are more than capable of finishing really strongly, but it’s the level of performance more than anything. People were talking about putting pressure on the top six - they’ve exceeded that and I think they will continue to do so.”

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Matchday Minus Two: Episode 25 (ft. Harvey Barnes)

Leicester City midfielder Harvey Barnes was the special guest on this week's episode of Matchday Minus Two.

Live coverage of Leicester City's Premier League clash with Norwich City at Carrow Road on Friday night is available for free on LCFC Radio from 5pm.

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