At the end of the 2014/15 season, the club’s 110th in the English football league system, Leicester City finished 14th in the Premier League after a hard-fought battle for survival in the top flight division. The Foxes secured a massive 7 wins from their last 10 fixtures, dropping points to only Chelsea and Sunderland over the final 8 weeks of the season. Bearing in mind the club had only secured 12 points from matches won before the conclusion of the season, the current was certainly against Nigel Pearson’s men. Pearson picked up the Manager Of The Month award for April after 4 consecutive wins, before their 3-1 home loss to the soon to be champions Chelsea. After an impressive 5-1 home victory over the struggling Queen Park Rangers, Leicester concluded their season on a high, and set their sights on the next season.
Whatever the club did to prepare for their 2015-16 season, it’s paid off. After a poor World Cup campaign with Greece Claudio Ranieri was appointed manager of Leicester City. Not only was this an exciting prospect for the fans of the club and of the league, the results that followed proved Ranieri’s form with the Greek squad was far from permanent. The club spent £27.3m on players, including the signings of Christian Fuchs, Robert Huth, and N’golo Kante. Three players who would soon become crucial to the club’s success. The club kicked off their pre-season with a 3-1 away win over Lincoln City, followed by a draw against Adam Murray’s Mansfield Town. The Foxes continued promising form with 3 consecutive away wins to conclude their pre-season unbeaten. Given the club’s previous year hadn’t been much to shout about, Ranieri and his troops seemed ready to right any wrongs Pearson had left behind.
On the 8th of August 2015, Leicester began their Premier League campaign against the travelling Sunderland, for what looked to be a tough 90 minutes at the King Power Stadium, given the last time the two met a 1-1 draw was the best the foxes could produce. Although conceding twice Leicester won the match 4-2, and with title holders Chelsea already dropping points to a home draw against Swansea and Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal crushed 2-0 at the Emirates against West Ham United, the season had definitely bloomed in an unexpected fashion. Now approaching the 30th week of the season Leicester find themselves rooted at the summit of the top flight division, 5 points clear of second place Tottenham Hotspur. The Foxes have won 17 of their previous 29 fixtures, failing to secure points in only 3 games this season. With English striker Jamie Vardy sitting at the top of the goal scoring leaderboard with 19 goals including a record breaking 11 game goal scoring run, as well as Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez netting a total of 15 goals to accompany his 11 assists so far this season, the odds most definitely seem to be in the club’s favour.
So now we find ourselves asking the question, can they do it? With only 9 games left in the season the pressure is rising. Can Ranieri’s men lift the trophy? Will they ever get a better chance to do so? What do you think?