Leicester City are flying high under Claudio Ranieri
Less than twelve months ago, Leicester City were rock bottom of the Premier League and were odds on for relegation back to the Championship. After securing a 3-2 victory over West Bromwich Albion at the weekend, the Foxes moved up to third in the table – an incredible achievement.
Leicester have been a breath of fresh air this season and Claudio Ranieri has immediately settled into life at the King Power Stadium. A number of fans weren’t convinced by the appointment of the former Chelsea boss but he has answered all of his critics throughout the early stages of the season. Here’s why the Foxes will finish in one of the Europa League spots this season.
The Foxes are incredibly entertaining
Leicester are one of the top flight’s most exciting sides and the Foxes have already scored 23 goals this season. They are exuding confidence and Ranieri is allowing them to play with freedom, which is only enhancing their performances on the pitch.
They have lost just one match this season and have scored at least one goal in every game. Leicester are quickly re-branding themselves as the Premier League’s “entertainers” and will continue to light up the top flight for the foreseeable future.
Leicester striker Jamie Vardy is in fine form
The Foxes forward is in sensational form and has found the net in each of his last eight Premier League games. At the time of writing, he’s currently the top flight’s leading goalscorer with 11, four ahead of Watford’s Odion Ighalo and team-mate Riyad Mahrez.
Vardy has been linked with a move to Real Madrid but his manager has insisted that the England international will, for the time being at least, remain at Leicester City. If he continues in this vein, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see one of Europe’s elite clubs come knocking.
Ranieri is a seasoned campaigner and has top flight experience
The former Chelsea boss has been there and done it all. Ranieri is one of the most experienced managers in the Premier League and his tactical nous and knowledge will help Leicester throughout the campaign, particularly at the business end of the season.
Ranieri commands respect in the dressing room and seems to have an excellent working relationship with the majority of his side. The Italian is notorious for his meticulous preparation and demands a high work ethic from each and every one of his players.
Leicester are full of confidence and are playing extremely well
Confidence is massive in football and right now, the Foxes are probably the most confident team in the Premier League. Leicester are dominating matches and their manager, who has traditionally been known for his excellent organisation, is very impressed with his side’s efforts.
While they don’t have the deepest squad in the top flight, Leicester are defying the odds and stand a genuine chance of finishing in the top six this season. There are still plenty of points to be won and lost but, if they maintain their current form, they will certainly qualify for one of Europe’s club competitions.
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