Why Leicester City won’t win the Premier League this season

Leicester City lit up the Premier League last season with their fairytale run to the title. In an unexpected manner, while beating odds of 5000/1, the Foxes lifted the Premier League crown when the term drew to a close.

While it’s fair to say that Leicester thoroughly deserved the title, the win can be attributed to the dwindling performances of the bigger sides in the League.

The likes of Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and City seemed to switch off. Arsenal came the closest to clinching the title, but their efforts failed to materialis

e as Claudio Ranieri’s side entered did the seemingly impossible.

 

Things appear set to change this season, and arguably not in Leicester’s favor. The top teams in the League have all bolstered their ranks and look set to battle it out for the title.

Leicester can’t rival Manchester United’s recruitment of Jose Mourinho and the acquisition of some big name players.

Similarly, Manchester City look better than ever under Pep Guardiola. They’ve been touted as favorites to clinch the crown.

Chelsea have also strengthened considerably with the arrival of Conte and the rejuvenation of the London outfit.

The question is, though, where does that leave the reigning champions?

Leicester could potentially drop down the pecking order if they fail to match the strides of the top sides in the league. This Premier League season has already begun to live up to its billing.

he action has been breathtakingly intense with passion oozing out of every nook and cranny of all stadiums in the top flight.

This could be the season, though; we see a gap being re-established at the top of the table.

The top teams have improved quite considerably over the course of the preseason and Leicester’s acquisitions don’t seem to measure up to that of the top dogs in the League.

Surely Slimani and Ahmed Musa don’t measure up to the likes of Nolito and Gundogan regarding quality; hence it would take something quite unusual for Leicester to secure a top four finish let alone, retain their title.

With Leicester City now competing on four fronts, it could be difficult to keep players fit. Fatigue plays a significant role in the League.

A jaded squad can’t pick up wins as a result of the high-intensity nature of the English top flight.

 

Leicester opened the season with a loss against Hull City. They then went on to draw against Arsenal.

Following the Arsenal result, Ranieri led his side to a victory which was then followed by a disappointing defeat at the hands of Liverpool.

The defeat against Liverpool highlighted Leicester’s defensive frailties as they were caught on the break multiple times.

There was an apparent lack of communication between the Leicester defenders which allowed Liverpool’s fast players to hit them on the counter. Vardy seemed to be off his game; he missed a clear cut chance and contributed little to play.

Kante’s absence from the team appears to be detrimental to Leicester’s defensive shape. The France international single-handedly put a stop to attacks last season.

His tremendous work rate coupled with his ball-winning abilities helped Leicester’s resolve.

With Kante now a Chelsea player, Ranieri has been without a box-to-box midfielder who can protect the back four.

The Italian tactician will be keen on acquiring a similar player to Kante when the January transfer window opens up.

As things stand, Leicester doesn’t look like a genuine title contender. A title victory is highly unlikely considering all the factors involved. Securing a place in the top six should be Ranieri’s main ambition.

 

Leicester recently secured a 3-0 win over Burnley in a game which saw new signing Islam Slimani bag a brace.

The Algerian international seems intent on making his presence felt in the league, but could his potential go on to match the output from likes of Ibrahimovic and Aguero?

But even he did achieve a goal scoring prowess akin to the strikers’ of Manchester City, Chelsea, et al; it won’t be enough to get Leicester to the top of the table. It takes more than one regular goalscorer to win the League. It’s more of a team effort.

Depending on how things pan out, Leicester could be in with a shout of doing something special next season.

But for now, Ranieri’s side isn’t up to par with the top teams in the League.

The Author

Moha Albanna

Huge football fan and crazy about football tactics. Owner and writer for mysoccerhq.com and Twitter account @mysoccerhq

One thought on “Why Leicester City won’t win the Premier League this season

  1. Have to say your article lacks a lot of insight and you seem to just think that signing better known players is an automatic recipe for success, it’s not!

    United look a mess and while they’ve spent heavily they lack balance to the team, the players don’t work hard enough and certainly don’t play as a team. Mourinho hasn’t got a clue what his best team is and unless he sorts it out soon the title could be out of their grasp and he is in danger of losing the dressing room as he did at Chelsea. Ibra is also old so to expect him to perform over 38 games plus Europa League is wishful thinking at best. Pogba looks shit, he doesn’t track back and doesn’t look suited to English football at present. I think he’s going to be a huge flop if Mourinho continues to play him in a deep lying midfield role which isn’t going to get the best out of him.

    Who is Nolito? What has he ever done? Gundogan is unproven in the PL as well and there’s no guarantee that he’s going to be any good. Aguero is likely to be injured for long periods of the season and they only have Kechi to replace him who is pretty average and certainly isn’t going to score 15-20 goals this season. That said I think City will win the league.

    Chelsea aren’t great either and currently have issues. Conte doesn’t know English football, he also doesn’t know his best XI and how to play them. Kante is being used differently to how he became so successful at Leicester and so far his stats are nowhere near as good and he looks a shadow of the player he was last season. Their defence is average to poor and have very little strength in depth with only Batshuyi as a replacement for Costa and there’s no guarantee he’s going to be any good.

    Leicester have a better squad than last season and while we might have lost Kante, Amartey has already shown signs that he can adequately replace him. He will get better as the season goes on and he gets more used to the role and develops a better understanding with Drinkwater. Slimani looks brilliant and already has shown that he is perfect for our style of football and he and Vardy are as good as any centre forward pairing in the league. Add to that Mahrez, Musa, Albrighton, Gray and Schlupp and we have attacking options that are as good as any in the league and now we carry a very different threat because we have someone who is an ariel threat, something we lacked last season. We still have the same team ethic and while we were poor against Liverpool, the games against Bruges and Burnley have seen us looking back to our form of last season. We had a poor preseason preparation and it’s taken a few games to get back into our stride but we certainly seem to be back to our best now and are playing some really nice football and actually keeping the ball a lot better than we did last season. We’re also not going to be playing our best XI in all competitions, the EFL and FAC will see our second XI playing so competing on four fronts isn’t actually going to be the case at all.

    I don’t expect us to win the league again but I can’t see United or Chelsea winning it either and spending loads of money guarantees nothing.

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