Will Leicester choke? Thoughts, opinions etc...
I hope... no, pray they hold on, everyone loves cheering for the underdogs, and my West Ham really have no chance of qualifying for Europe, so I'm gonna root for Leicester.
People say Ranieri is king choker, but he certainly doesn't seem to be worried at the moment.
They won't 'choke', but any team can go on a losing run in this league. The variance of football matches is wide, you have to be totally controlled to keep on top of it. Leicester did look totally controlled yesterday though.
>1-1 Villa? 0-0 Bournemouth?
my fucking god those two missed penalties, I can't let it go.
Even if by some fluke they manage to meme their way all the way to the title they will do well not to get relegated next season. They will lose ALL their good players (i.e. vardy, mahrez and that midfield power negro). The rest of the team is literally championship tier and is just being made to look good by them. Danny Drinkwater? Fucking Albrighton? Lmao
I find it hard to conceptualise the "run in" until there are ten games left to play, two sets of five, 30 points available. At the moment there are still 13 games left.
Remember Liverpool's rollercoaster from "does not slip" to "slip" happened in the last five games (the end of April)
For the first time, Leicester are now favourites.
How will that affect the dynamic?
Ranieri is playing down the pressure as usual, yesterday he said "we don't have to win the league," but I suspect many of the players don't see it that way.
Vardy will not leave, he has just signed a new contract. Furthermore who says they will leave? And if they do, Leicester can get a lot of money for them and increase the quality of their squad, making relegation not even a legit possibility.
Drinkwater and Albrighton are both very good players as well, as is Schmeichel, Fuchs et al.
Seriously, don't post ever again, you clearly don't know anything
As an actual Leicester fan, i'll bite.
Vardy just signed another contract has vocally said he'll stay.
Mahrez will likely stay if Champions League plus improved contract unless Barca or Real come for him, which in case 45m thanks healthy profit on 300,000.
Kante signed a long deal and is very loyal to where he's been, has settled in really well, would only leave for mega sums.
Drinkwater is unironically not in the England squad. Constantly has opposition players in his back pocket, made Henderson look like the average fraud he is. Albrighton is the attacking weakness, but he's also got many many assists, probably the most assists from an Englishman this season bar Barkley. Albrighton is playing on a weaker side to accomodate Mahrez and still managed to get crosses in almost every time.
Cannot criticise the defensive unit, it's just been too consistent this season.
Absolute mega-plen burger here who has never watched more than five Premier League matches here
How could it be possible that a team that is so small and historically irrelevant have become such an incredible and improbable hegemon? How could they be having the success that they are having relative to the massively funded Manchester/City or Liverpool, Arsenal or Chelsea, in such a remarkably fast time? Is it just a horrendously down year for the league that can explain it or are they just that good out of nowhere?
All the big clubs are pretty dire this year, Chelsea at one point looked to be relegation candidates, Man Utd are just a sham of a club with Van Gaal having no clue, Man City have a lot of dead weight and Arsenal are just being Arsenal.
So that opened up a space and Leicester were there at the right time, they're doing well because
1) Ranieri has a clear vision as to what he wants to do and actually has pragmatic tactics
2) Players becoming incredibly in-form (Vardy, Mahrez etc)
3) Good scouting network that got them a lot of good, young players (Arsenal actually hired Leicester's head scout this season)
4) As mentioned, other clubs not doing well
so should Leicester win the league, would such an accomplishment be heralded twenty years from now as one of the biggest upsets in the league's history, or just the result of a transitional period for the top teams?
time ago someons says Ranieri is perfect for runner-up teams, like Roma
I think the same people saying "eh they'll win the PL but be depleted in the Summer and will do well to avoid relegation next year" are the same who dismissed Leicester as a meme earlier on
Mahrez is supposedly in the process of signing a new deal and Kante just arrived. The owners will realise that if they retain these players and galvanise further in the summer, then they can begin to sew the seeds of becoming a top 4 team (assuming they do it this year, or even win the PL). In the long run, that will be far more healthy and profitable than selling Kante for 25M or whatever. The Thai owners (billionaires, btw) obviously know all this and more.
Leicester are not last season's Southampton. People need to get that outta their heads.
Mostly meme magic, but someone posted this on /sp/:
>Love your club
>Enjoy playing football
>Make up for a lack of Galactico style by working your ass off
>Sign wisely, save money, take the odd risk but keep realistic about shit
>Consistently confuse Premier League teams who have done nothing but coast around playing shitty tikka-takka like tactics and 4-4-1-1's by going after them, fighting for the ball.
>Arrive at the twilight years of super-money teams because the new Sky Deal is funding shittier teams enough to attract good talent.
I also don't think they actually watch Lester matches
The way they work together is ridiculous, small things like who takes the ball forward and who goes on the supporting run in counters, there's just no awkwardness at all.
Love all the hate emanating from the big club bandwagoners this season
>this is horrible it's devalueing my league why isn't Money FC top of the table they're a fucking meme make it stop mom
I still have doubts but a top 4 finish would be monumental already
are you a football agent?
I think they will play pretty similarly until about the last 5 games and then they might get nervous
Good thing March is a joke for them on the schedule. Maybe they can build a bigger lead.
These lads get it, Leicester are not selling anybody unless Barca come for Mahrez.
Leicester are drilled to the nth degree. You could see the panic break out all over the pitch yesterday when the oil shits twigged that they couldn't cover all the runners, in any way.
I have choked away many 5+ point leads while playing football manager. 5 is nothing. 5 is a slip by a midfielder and allowing a striker an easy 1on1 then drawing 3-3 against a team fighting relegation.
Also, just look at their last three games. Unless they can build a 9 point gap by then, this season is going down to the last round.
United will have nothing to play for and are shit anyway.
Everton will have nothing to play for and are strangely overrated. Good players, shit team.
Chelsea will throw it to prevent Spurs or Arsenal doing anything.
When Lesta finish up with Arsenal, their toughest fixtures are done. Arsenal have the hardest run in
Nobody will remember unless they continue to play well in the coming seasons.
If they win this year and fall flat next year they will be fully exposed and people will remember this season as the year when Chelsea, Arsenal, United and City choked away their season.
No. Some reasons why:
Leicester are only competing for the EPL now, whilst other contenders are in the CL, EL, FA Cup, etc.
They are actually getting clean sheets now, as opposed to the start of the year.
In March and April, they have a string of relatively easy teams to face, they could run away with the title here.
>Players back in form
Vardy, Albrighton are playing up to their usual standards again.
The draws vs Villa and Bournemouth are worrying 2bh.
They won their easy games in early season because they just outscored them with lots of offense. When they had their tough period they tightened up the defence but their strategy of just outscoring them went out the window, they're relying on counter-attacking breaks which does work well against good teams.
My worry is that their more defensive current setup will cause some draws during their easy run after Arsenal.
this meme has become so supreme that, at this very moment, there's a Leicester thread with 190+ posts on fucking /v/ of all places. Look:
>all those sissy /v/ autists getting worked up over BIG STRONG /SP/ARTANS on their board
Everybody wants their team to win the title, obviously. But if they can't, I'm sure the entire EPL fanbase would be happy to see Leicester win (certainly, they'd rather it be Leicester than their bitterest rivals)
Its pretty inspiring, half of /v/ will now root for lester and meme power will be unstoppable
>developed in house by activision
>being this much in denial
Yeah I havent browsed it in months, but it was the first board I found when I came to this shithole, too bad off topic is abolished in favour of shills and console wars
Seriously, why has no manager figured Leicester out yet? It's not like they are doing revolutionary stuff, they are compact, counter in force and have a pacey striker up front who can convert long balls.
Why the fuck did Man Shitty's fullbacks go on the overlap?
Why were they playing two CBs that are about as fast as turtles?
Why didn't they drop a holding midfielder deeper to mark Vardy out of the game?
Why did they suck so much at set pieces that a German ogre with shit mobility scored a brace against them?
Why was their defence all over the place during the entire game?
Why did they attempt 3 shitty tackles immediately before Mahrez's goal instead of getting their defensive shape back or directing Kante/Mahrez to the flank?
Why didn't they overload Leicester's right flank, despite everyone knowing about Mahrez's defensive weaknesses?
Why can't they motivate their 200 million pound squad to show some fucking desire?
Why are they incapable of breaking down a team that puts 9 men behind the ball?
Why were their crosses completely ineffective?
Why didn't Agüero capitalize on that shoddy Leicester backpass?
What the fuck is wrong with EPL teams and EPL managers?
Are you worried about not having as deep a squad as Tottenham or, less so, Man City?
Spurs have 6-7 players in rotation.
You guys don't look the same without Mahrez. I think he is the key to winning the season for you
>Are you worried about not having as deep a squad as Tottenham or, less so, Man City?
No, because we have a squad as deep as both of them, perhaps Man City have more quality options, but still. We're less a one man team, if Mahrez goes, it's sustainable with Gray, if Vardy goes, Okazaki has proved a decent replacement as a poacher where he likes to play. If Kane goes Spurs look shocking, if one of their defensive pairing goes, again, shocking, Man City without Aguero, Man City without DeBruyne, Kompany etc. Leicester have handled the depth better and are of of the few 'top' teams who are able to field a strong bench rather than tapping into the youth system like United, Liverpool, Man City. Leicester also have a top medical team.
>Spurs have 6-7 players in rotation.
Leicester's been building over the last 3 years a philosophy that involves little to no rotation. Rotation is bad, and it doesn't work effectively. Perhaps if you play 50 games a year and Europa League you need it, but for Leicester you don't need rotation, and you thrive off of partnerships worked on in training and used on the pitch. That tika taka display against Liverpool would not have happened if Leicester had rotated players. Also pic related. To show correlation between using the same players in repeated games over a period of time in the season Leicester were promoted, those using fewer players in the most games were mostly at the very top of the table.
>You guys don't look the same without Mahrez. I think he is the key to winning the season for you
Disagree, Leicesters fans will vote player of the year to be Kante, not Mahrez, not Vardy. Kante is far more important. We've played games without Mahrez, and he's been on the bench before, it hasn't been too drastic a change, same goes for Vardy. Kante is the key and has been the key all season.
I think they'll do it. Stuttgart tier lads.