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Can Leicester City challenge for the title

King Power Stadium at Leicester city, England

Leicester City thrashed Aston Villa by 4 goals to 1 at the Villa Park last Sunday and have now set a new club record of eight premier league wins in a row to maintain their title push. Leicester is second on the league table and are six points clear of Man City and eight points behind league leaders Liverpool. The big question is, can Leicester repeat the historical feet they achieved 2015-16 season. The Foxes have made a blistering start to the premier league season and have been a revelation so far this season.

Prolific Attack

Brendan Rodgers has really improved this Leicester team especially in the attacking third. The foxes have scored 39 goals in the premier league so far this season and their main man Jamie Vardy is leading the goal king race with 14 goals. Rodgers’s style of play has really helped and improved Vardy not just about his pace and goal-scoring but his link-up play with James Maddison, Ayoze Perez, and Kelechi Iheanacho have been excellent. What I like about this Leicester team is the way they score goals for fans and blowing teams apart. One thing that is working for this Leicester team is they’ve got talent behind Vardy, in midfield, they have Youri Tielemans, Ashley Barnes, Ayoze Perez and James Maddison. These Midfielders have to make Leicester attacking third very dangerous in front of goals. I am not surprised with the way Leicester are scoring goals under Rodgers, this is the manager who inspired Liverpool to 101 goals in the 2013-14 premier league season. This season Leicester broke the record for the biggest away win in the premier league against Southampton and matched the overall record.

Solidity at the back

Rodgers’s side has conceded 10 goals in the premier league whiles the league leaders Liverpool have conceded 14 goals. Leicester is playing very well in defense, and credit should be given to the manager Rodgers. Leicester City sold their best center-back in Harry Maguire in the summer to Manchester United, but Turkish born Caglar Soyuncu has stepped and has been a revelation so far this season. The partnership between Caglar Soyuncu and experience Johnny Evans being flanked by Richard Pereira on the right and Ben Chilwell on the left has been the best so far this season. This is no fluke. This back five including the keeper Kasper Schmeichel, has formed a solid partnership at the back. Another player who offers Leicester security at the back is Wilfred Ndidi, he has been in a devastating form this season. Don’t underestimate his role as a defensive midfielder, he patrols the area in front of the back four. He has made more tackles and interceptions than any other midfielder in the premier league this season. He is arguably the best defensive midfielder in the premier league and the best player by far in the Leicester shirt this season.

The Rodgers Effect

Leicester City’s performance has improved since the arrival of Rodgers. Rodgers has got winning mentality and does what he has got Leicester doing at the moment. His philosophies and values have really improved the team. He plays good football and he is quite innovative. One thing working for Rodgers is his good working relationship with players. He has unity in the dressing room and players are seemingly on board with his vision for the future. Rodgers has molded the team in his image and you can’t pinpoint any particular position that does not have a solid player occupying there. The defense and midfield are solid and upfront fantastic. No wonder Vardy is leading the goal king race. Rodgers has done a decent job and has motivated this team very well.

What next for Leicester

Leicester are in the title race and 3 points better off than Claudio Ranieri’s were at the same stage in the 2015-16 season. One notable factor that is working against Leicester City is the devastating form of the league leaders Liverpool. Liverpool has dropped only two points this season and they look unbeatable. One major boost for Leicester to challenge the premiership this season is not having European football is a massive advantage for them. The players have ample time to rest. It’s quite tough when you are playing Tuesday or Wednesday, it drains the squad. There is no doubt that Leicester is now the real deal to challenge Liverpool for the title but they need to be consistent with their form and rely on Liverpool to drop points. Leicester is playing wonderful at the moment and has a chance to reduce the deficit when they welcome Liverpool at the King Power Stadium on Boxing Day.


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