somebody has to talk about the elephant in the room...
how did they become so good,so fast?
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The other big English teams are restructuring or collapsing right now, apart from Arsenal who just come 4th.
Leicester have extremely good scouting that's got them an amazing team for fuck all that's in extremely good form together.
They have a manager who's actually decent but slipped under the radar.
The style of football that Leicester play is extremely effective against most of the football that is dominating the premier league.
The "English "Premiere" League is a joke, anyone can win there and all matches are literally flipping the coin
Leicester are just luckier than other clubs
Notice how the current champion (Chelsea) is amongst the worst clubs this season and they didn't sell a single key player and they also have the same manager as last season
Maybe Leicester were never that bad? Their amazing winning run started last season and coincided with the arrival of Robert Huth. Sure, they played a different system back then but large parts of the team remained the same.
It also helped that nobody took them seriously, hell, even now people don't take them seriously, because why else would Man Shitty allow their fullbacks to go on the overlap against Leicester?
It's because pretty much every manager in the world builds a team like its fucking FIFA Ultimate Team and buys the best and most expensive players at each position without giving though to team chemistry or how each player will complement each other, instead just building the "best" squads on paper. Which obviously doesn't work because you have competing personalities and big stars used to being the center of attention who are now relegated to playing smaller parts and not getting the ball enough. Shit like that only works on national teams where the guys are united behind a commonality and only have to play a few games a year with each other.
Leicester don't have any big stars destroying the clubhouse or stepping on each others toes or causing rifts with the management, they are only concentrating on playing good football and they are thriving in the underdog role.
It's fucking stupid, everyone just spends millions of dollars on the biggest stars, trying to build dream teams or Galacticos or whatever and it always falls flat. Also, these big clubs go through managers every fucking year which leads to zero continuity and confused players. Literal retards must be running these clubs.
Should've delved into why their tactics are so effective. In a sense, there are two Leicester gameplans from what I've seen. First of all, they are very solid in the back, and while they aren't great in possession from the back 4 they move the ball quick up to their more dangerous players. Against the higher level of possession teams they counter extremely effectively and against mid to bottom they are more balanced (but since Mahrez is a God and Vardy is finishing well, they win).
Oddly enough, the only team they don't match up well against of the top 4 is perennial 4th placed Arsenal, because (minus Mertesacker) Arsenal are pace attackers and defenders with good possession.
Strange League, desu.
Outside of the usual big 4 and City, the league is the best it has ever been.
>worst season of all time
It would be easily the best if Leicester manage to win. I really don't get why some people want to maintain the status quo instead of having other teams break into the top 4. It gets boring as fuck.
literally all the stars aligned to make this happen
-Leicester suddenly have two of the top 10 players in the PL this year
-Chelsea and Liverpool regressing mightily from last year
-Arsenal and Man City wracked by key injuries
-Tottenham, as always, not QUITE good enough to win it all
the best part is that the new TV deal the PL has means Leicester won't immediately sell off all their best players after this miracle run, so we'll get another year or two of the Mahrez and Vardy show
>mfw formation tactics come full-circle back to the good old 4-4-2 over the next couple syears
it started with an exceptional run of form of their strikers on the wave of the great escape last season
then Ranieri experience and input started to show, and they became a much more stable and organized side
they have a good chance to win the league imo
who are you referring to as restructuring?
no big team has sold big players or changed manager over the summer, all they did was buying more players
not really an excuse for performing so shitty
Let's not forget about their pressing game. Yes, they like to sit deep in their own half, but they also focus on quickly winning the ball back in the opponent's half.
That's why Kante is so immensely important for them, his workrate, aerial ability and tackling are amongst the best in the entire league. Him and Danny Drinkwater are absolutely immense. And let's not forget about their defensive contributions, Kante often moves out to the wings to assist the FBs and wingers in defence, one of the reasons why high crosses just don't work against Leicester (the other would be Huth).
Football formations don't even convey that much information, many teams have a completely different shape when attacking and defending. A 4-2-3-1 can turn into a 3-1-3-3 in buildup play, by dropping a holding midfielder deeper, moving up the fullbacks and advancing with the wingers. When pressing the 4-2-3-1 often transforms into a 4-4-2.
They do as much running as drugged-up Spain did before Fuentes got busted.
Average-at-best players like Drinkwater turned out to be strong responders to the dose Ranieri's doc is peddling.
On the tactical level I'd say that Bundesliga teams are more formidable. Their pressing game and movement off the ball is something you don't really see in English football.
At the same time they don't offer much flair and moments of individual brilliance. The focus is on organization, shape and the collective instead of technical skill.
I'd say that most top clubs in Germany (Bayern, Dortmund, >Schalke, 'Gladbach, ...) could match English sides.
lost a game against ManU, won a game, forcing United into the EL
lost both games against Man City, but they were in insanely poor form back then. They went on a 5 game loosing streak in the league at this season's beginning.
Beaten by Arsenal away, utterly humiliated them at home
I never said that German clubs were superior, I said that they could match the level of English clubs and judging from this year's CL they can do that.
If you look at the overall record of bundes clubs against epl clubs in the champions league in the last 10 years or so it's pretty poor, even more so if you take Bayern out of the equation
>leicester wins the league
>turns out they were all doped up to the eyeballs
I would literally stop following the football
>Leicester win the league
>title revoked for having players with third party contracts
>Decade long absence from the Premier League
>Biggest signing was a player they loaned to relegation bound Hoffenheim
>Thai billionaire owner
Still fairly small club shenanigans. Does it have to be FC United of Manchester to be small enough for you?
I mean these explanations are not that detailed, but have to say well done to USA anons for knowing Leicester's games.
Couldn't be more wrong. Leicester's squad is THICK, have one of the strongest benches in the league. They've chosen to tap in to the youth system with Chilwell because he's quality unlike United, Liverpool, Everton, Man City who have had too because of a lack of player.
Leicester have also been without Matty James all season, and Jeff Schlupp has been out for months, Vardy's played injured over christmas, and Drinkwater's missed a few from injury.
PED's definitely help endurance, though. You can run or exercise faster or longer and have better stamina on PED's, which is essential to being good at soccer because nobody wants a player who is exhausted after running around for 60 minutes. That's why cyclists and runners like Lance Armstrong and Olympic guys use roids. Super helpful. Guarantee some guys are juicing in FIFA.
>be small club
>hire a respectable foreign good coach
>work and motivate everyday
>get the best of literally whos and make them attack/defend together
pretty much every non-plastic club does it
Why is everyone saying they play 4-4-2 when they play a form of 4-4-1-1, which was SAF's title winning formation season after season.
Nothing shocking there. They're literally the new Manchester united in terms of how they play. I was watching an old man U vs arsenal game the other day on sky sports and they played exactly the same as Leicester are playing now.
Anyone else think their badge is shit? They should have kept pic related from Gary Lineker's day and they would have the best badge in the league
spot on, eplel is like women tennis
literally fc niggerdicks is top of the table, and the top scorer is some crooked second division wooden legged man
messi would score 100 goals a season there
Reminder that this man was one of La Liga's top scorers
Yeah like all your other great players that have broken the Premier League. See: Nicolas 'La liga team of the year' Shitamendi, Loldado, Hierro going straight from Real to Bolton, >Torres
>shitamendi "meme team of the year"
was ok until eplel ruinied him
he angered the mad sheik florentino and was excommunicated like casillas
he was already >torres here, also, didn't he actually broke some record there? pretty sure i read it somewhere
u sware on ye mum? deal with it britpig
What I don't get is the constant firing of managers. What makes clubs think that adjusting to a whole new leadership style on that fast of a turn around is gonna work? It just seems soulless to the point that I could see guy's just tuning it out because they know if they're even still around in 2 years there will be an entirely different manager.
You do realize that it's better for the sport and fans in general if it's not just 2 or 3 teams fighting for the championship every year, right?
I watch la liga to see some good footbal from Barca and Real but the games have no value because everyone knows how the championship is going to end.
It's supposed to be a 20 teams championship not 2
Leicester just brought in Raneri this season too. Manager changes often work.
Freak signings like Mahrez, Lewandowski etc are also extremely rare. Leicester just got extremely lucky and then worked their asses off to make good of that luck. Something similar happened with Liverpool two seasons ago. They got luck with Sturridge not being broken, Suarez becoming GOAT, Gerrard rolling back the years.but they slipped up.
Can Leicester see it through?
>messi would score 100 goals a season there
No he wouldn't, the potato farmer defenders in the rest of la liga are absolutely pathetic. Even Valencia's defense is below anything I've seen in the EPL or Italy.
>You do realize that it's better for the sport and fans in general if it's not just 2 or 3 teams fighting for the championship every year, right?
this, la liga is boring, they should just put Barca and Real play like 15 games and that's it, the winner can get everything from the spanish tournaments.
Not really. The Bundesliga clubs tend to get crushed by the English clubs. Look at the few years before this season to see teams like Leverkusen, Schalke, and Gladbach get destroyed by Chelsea, United, and City. Arsenal have (deservedly or undeservedly) gotten unlucky with facing both Dortmund and Bayern yet have stood their ground in either the away or return fixture, managing a convincing results.
Chelsea have crushed both Schalke and Leverkusen, and beat Bayern in their own home in 2012 as well as in 2005 under Mourinho. United crushed Leverkusen with >Moyes, knocked out Schalke in 2011, and have beaten Bayern a few times, most memorably in 1999.
City are a joke, so they are the outlier, losing to Bayern and Dortmund embarassingly while beating them unconvincingly.
It's like the English-German rivalry goes to the English in club tournaments but goes to the Germans internationally.
>tfw my whole family on my mom's side are life-long tigers fans
>tfw my whole family on my dad's side and me and my brother are life-long city fans
>tfw we've had to listen and watch tigers win european cups, league titles, everything while we've been relegated to the third tier
>tfw this season
it's a comfy one lads
>worst passing accuracy
>second worst possession
>second lowest passes per game
>top by 5 points
literally the most plastic club in the world. if you don't support a 100 year old only-ever-amateur club which struggles to find enough members to field a team every week then you don't know shit about football.