No longer the underdogs Leicester City has surprised most people this season with their assent of the Barclay’s Premiership. Recent form includes The Foxes beating Chelsea, Everton, Liverpool, and Tottenham. If you have predicted that at the start of the season you would have been cast aside as an idiot. Let’s Compare Bets.com are holding Leicester’s success as the highlight of the season.
How have Leicester managed this success?
Claudio Ranieri was appointed mid way through 2015 to replace Nigel Pearson who was one of the Premiership’s few player managers.
Nigel Pearson, despite falling out with the board, laid the foundations for The Foxes 2015/16 success. He steered them clear of the relegation zone in the previous season. Pearson and his staff instilled a camaraderie in the players that has brought them up from League One to the Premier League during the past six years.
Claudio Ranieri has kept the ball rolling and arguably got the best out of his team, by not tinkering with team selection. Ranieri made one change only to the back room team.
Ranieri had worked with the part time scout Steve Walsh at Chelsea previously enabling a good partnership. Walsh aided the signing of Riyad Mahrez. According to Opta Mahrez was one of the top palyers in Europe, but cost Leicester just £400,000.
The Foxes have a defensive record this season that would make Sir Alex Ferguson proud. Sound defense with a motivated Jamie Vardy scoring goals is a potent combination.
Other key players include Danny Drinkwater dominating midfield. Marc Albrighton and Danny Simpson have come into their own. Christian Fuchs was sign for free and Robert Huth was touted as a shrewd signing. N’Golo Kanté can also be added to the list.
Lastly Thai owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha has wiped out £103m of debt and bought King Power Stadium outright.