Today, 7th April 2016, Leicester City FC will be crowned English Champions becoming the sixth team to win the English Football League after it was renamed the English Premiership in 1992. This time last year the foxes were battling relegation and only survived after a flurry of wins in the closing stages of 2015 season.
In this post, we examine the key elements that have inspired the foxes to this historical feat from last season’s zeros to this season’s heroes.
THE GIANTS SLUMBER
- Leicester City took advantage of the inconsistent forms of the top dogs in the premiership. The likes of Manchester United who are currently in a transition phase under Louis Van-Gaal,
- Chelsea’s failure to re-enforce their winning of 2015 squad,
- Manchester city’s shift of attention to Europe coupled with the announcement of Pep Guardiola as their manager while Manuel Pelegrini was still contracted to the club and
- Arsenal’s recurrent plagued January were pivotal to Leicester City’s march on to premiership trophy
RIYAD MAHREZ AND JAMIE VARDY PARTNERSHIP
Claudio Rinieri partnering Professional Players Association (PFA) player of the year winner Riyad Mahrez and Proffessional Writers Association winner Jamie Vardy in the attack of Leicester City has been a hit for the foxes. Riyad Mahrez has the ability to beat players towards the flank with is trickery, While Vardy has got the pace to chase down splitting passes and bang in the goals. Vardy lightingening pace as been highlighted this season clocking an average speed of 22mph per match. The duo have a combined total of 39 goals, 15 assist between them and have been involved in 92 of Leicester City’s goal this season.
EMERGENCE OF DANIEL DRINK-WATER AND NGOLO KANTE
Last season the foxes had Esteban Cambiasso as their anchor man, but since his departure Daniel Drink -Water who mostly sat out last season on the bench and Ngolo Kante have been able to fill void of the former Argentine and Inter-Milan ace. The diminutive French man, Ngolo Kante has the highest number of interceptions totaling 60 this season combined with the former Manchester United’s youth player, Daniel Drink-water’s consistency in the heart of the midfield have proved important for the Leciester City. The duo have somewhat been the unsung heroes for Leicester City this season
CLAUDIO RINIERI’S PIZZA TREAT
With an appalling record of winning just one game and losing to minors like Faroe Islands as coach of the Greek National team in the 2016 European qualifiers, there were doubts over Claudio Rinieri’s ability to steer the Foxes from another relegation battle by the end of the season. But the Italian turned things around by offering Pizzas to his team for every match they won as a form of appreciation. Maybe all teams will adopt this method of giving incentives for their teams performances.
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