After a sensational season comes to a frantic end, against all odds Leicester City could well be crowned Premier League Champions in one of the most remarkable underdog stories.
This time last year the Foxes were rooted to the bottom of the table, but how things have changed just twelve incredible months later.
They find themselves top of the table, five points clear of second place Spurs, in what must now be a two horse race for the finish. And with Ranieri tightening things up at the back with their last three games all finishing 1-0. Leicester are showing their clinical edge at the perfect time of the season.
Vardy and Mahrez will rightly make the headlines with a combined total of 35 goals and 17 assists. But this aided with the leadership of Wes Morgan who has been involved in every minute of every game and the tenacity in midfield of N’Golo Kante who has a Premier League high of more then 4 tackles per game and was signed for just £5.6 million.
But the maestro behind it all is Italian boss Claudio Ranieri, the man who picked up the pieces when Nigel Pearson was sacked last summer. Formerly known as the ‘Tinkerman’ for his constant changes to the starting XI at former club Chelsea, he has this season started just 18 different players in the Premier League.
Ranieri has gone on to record wins against Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and vitally against title rivals Spurs. But it is not by luck that Leicester are at the top, the Foxes took on all comers with an expansive style of play. The combination of Mahrez and Vardy has worked wonders all season and they were outscoring teams. Winning games in an entertaining manner, as they were conceding plenty but just simply scored more then their opponents.
Fast forward a few months and this style of play has put them top of the league, but it now almost seems Leicester realise how close they are to producing the most amazing of feats since the start of the Premier League back in 1993.
It took them until their tenth game of the season to keep a clean sheet. But since then have conceded just thirteen goals in twenty two Premier League games. Just two of those coming in their last five. They have began to close out games. Edging them 1-0 which, as we say every year, champions do. They win when they play badly.
Leicester have a tough run in, playing Manchester United, Everton and current champions Chelsea. Amazingly, Ranieri’s men could go on to receive the traditional guard of honour at his old ground Stamford Bridge, should they win the league before their final game of the season.
With the form they’ve shown of late, and the quality Leicester have proven up until now, there is no reason they cannot pull off their 5000/1 chance and become Premier League Champions as I believe they will.