Premier League leaders Leicester City are running riot in the League this season, winning 8 out of their 13 league games and losing just once. They spent most of their time in the last place of the table last season. The stunning comeback and flawless performances have earned them the leading spot in the EPL table for the very first time in the club history.
Manager Claudio Ranieri is the happiest man right now who has full of praise for League’s top scorer Jamie Vardy. The English man is firing Leicester past every opponent they face this season, scoring 13 goals in the process. Fellow attacker Riyad Mahrez is on the fourth place with 7 goals to his name. Mahrez has registered second most assists only behind Arsenal superstar Mesut Ozil.
EPL has seen some black horses flying very high almost every season, but at the end it’s not a happy ending many times. Southampton are the best example we have witnessed recently. In the last two seasons, they have been fantastic and seated in the top 4 more often than many of England’s top teams. The team’s good form lasts until the half season and then they will start to struggle due to various reasons.
But this time, Leicester are looking more promising because not everyone can win the No.1 spot in EPL when favorites Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United are in fine form. Leicester are fighting equally for the title this season so far and there is a brighter chance for them to finish in the Top 4.
Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez
The attacking duo is in great form this season scoring 20 goals and assisting 7 goals combined. Also, the quality they show on the pitch and the potential they possess were nothing less to any of EPL’s top team players. They both have been earmarked by many top teams of Europe and been constantly linked with a high-profile transfer in the future.
The duo may not play for Leicester City in long-term, but they certainly have that strength and spirit to fire Leicester City on to the Champions League next season.
The Italian tactician has a major role to play in Leicester’s fine form this season. The former Chelsea boss found a right way to motivate his players and fire them up ready to face any opposition. Against Aston Villa, Foxes were down to 2 goals until 60 minutes and then they produced some excellent football to win the game by 3-2. This kind of spirit even when your team losing by a big margin is very rare to find and Ranieri has fired Leicester to achieve that.
Leicester’s playing style and their fearless attacking strategy make them a team to fear, especially in the Premier League where teams want to sit back and counter-attack. Aston Villa, West Ham United, Sunderland have witnessed the attacking powers that Leicester possess. The clubs who were known for defending so deep with solidity were torn apart by the Leicester attack.
Mahrez’s excellent creation combined with Vardy’s accurate finishes allow Leicester to attack with full power. When they are down, Leicester attack in full throttle. The No-Fear strategy has been working very well for Leicester so far, but will that help them to earn a Champions League birth is yet to be seen.
Out of form Top teams
The form of other Top teams of EPL is also a reason for Leicester’s success this season. Defending champions Chelsea lost their plot completely from the very start of the season leaving them 15th in league position. Liverpool suffered a major blow and were forced to sack Brandon Rodgers. New coach Jurgen Klopp may need some more time to get Liverpool back to winning ways. Tottenham still has some hopes for a Top 4 spot, but their inconsistency may hamper their hopes dearly.
Even though Leicester are on the top of the table, we can not ensure that they will maintain the run until the End. Except Arsenal, the only game that Leicester lost this season they have not played any of the other Top teams so far this season. They have yet to face Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City. Every year teams’ form take U-turns after Christmas and Leicester should be aware of the fatigue and injury concerns if they want to finish in Top 4.
Leicester are enjoying a very good run of form, but their Champions League hopes lies on their upcoming ‘tough’ fixtures. Claudio Ranieri and his men should keep their heads up until April in order to register a Champions League spot.