A few might disagree but most soccer fans are secretly supporting Leicester City. Norwich City in the 1992/3 season almost pulled off a similar stunt, and if Leicester City remains top of the lot for the remaining 14 matches, it will be nothing short of a fairytale.
England generally admire a tenacious underdog, and a blistering center forward with a touching story of going from non-league football to topping the EPL goal scoring charts does nothing to harm the love and admiration.
The English Premier League started over two decades ago, and besides the Blackburn triumph in 1995, it has been only won by Man City, Arsenal, Man United and Chelsea. Even so, Blackburn won it while backed up by Jack Walkers riches. This Leicester city team only has team camaraderie and a modest motivator of a night out for pizza for reaching 40points. The world will start to believe that some other teams can win it besides the traditional big guns. There will be hope for the underdog.
Everyone, top football personalities (like Gary Lineker) included was skeptical about Claudio Ranieri’s appointment in the summer. His technical ability has come to the foe. He must be doing something right, putting the right players in the right positions at right times.
Leicester City is playing and winning matches with an inferior possession percentage to their opponents, unlike at Old Trafford! Leicester city has a conversion rate of 18%, better than 18 other EPL teams and has scored 5 goals from 13 counter attack shots at goal, a league high stat. Most recently Liverpool visited the King Power and left empty handed even after bossing 64% of possession. West Ham was beaten by Leicester after controlling 70% of possession. Only once have Leicester won in their 14 victories with a higher possession statistic than the opposition.
Leicester City plays brilliantly on the counter attack and they have high energy levels to match. The counter attacking game also suits players like Jamie Vardie to run and use their pace to devastate opponents. Their goals, like Vardy’s first strike on Tuesday night, make broadcasters forget they are on air with outbursts of pure passion.
A BBC radio sports correspondent, Jason Bourne has come up with reasons why Leicester city can take the EPL title.
The mentality of victory spurs on the East Midlands outfit. Victories over the leagues traditional giants are sometimes made to look simple.
Even without much possession, they produce sublime football when they have the ball, pleasing the eye in attack.
The “Tinkerman” Claudio Ranieri is continuing on a style adopted by his predecessor Nigel Pearson, and he is doing it so well. Many believed the proverbial axe would fall on his head early in the season, but he is marching on admirably.
The King Power Stadium has been made somewhat of a fortress by the loud fans. An electrifying energy can be felt reverberating onto the team from the enthusiastic fan base in the stadium. The 12th man indeed exists and works.
Leicester city have a team strong enough to take the title. The squad is littered with talented players on all areas of the pitch. This will give them the best possible chance of shocking the world of football in May 2016.
Leicester City football club have even gone on to inspire a hash tag in this tech driven modern world, with the trending #whenIDidALecester.