Week 6: Hero – Leicester City

by Charlie_East_West on February 8, 2016

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This week’s hero award goes to Leicester City for beating title favourites Manchester City 3-1 and continuing their run at the top of the Premier League.

Claudio Ranieri’s team are a breath of fresh air. Here we have a team that at this stage last season looked destined for relegation, were previously tipped for relegation this season by our resident football pundit Ray North and yet now stand five points clear at the top of the Premier League.

It is a team made up of journeymen, offloaded players and a manager who, while endearingly charming, was previously sacked as Chelsea manager and was viewed with skepticism when he was appointed as manager of Leicester City at the start of the season.

When Leicester City started the season well, most of us probably thought that it wasn’t going to last, but at least they were securing enough early points for Premier League survival. We are now in February, entering the title run in, and instead of fading, Leicester City continue to surge. On Saturday they dismantled Manchester City. Leicester’s starting XI cost just £20m. Man City’s starting XI cost £200m.

There is real joy to Leicester’s success. It is a feel good football story. This is a refreshing antidote in a game surrounded by wealth, greed and the same teams buying success.

But, the thing I love most about the heartwarming story of Leicester City is their impact on football loving kids. My 10 year old football fanatic son is like most kids of his age – he supports one of the bigger Premier League teams, and also, like most of the kids – likes watching Barcelona. There is nothing wrong with any of that, but he, like everyone else else, has become captivated by the exploits and success of Leicester.

Their bubble may still burst before the end of the season, but long may Leicester’s success continue. For the next 3 months I suspect most of us will cheer them on. We are all Leicester City fans now.

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