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Leicester now occupying a more realistic position
09 May 2017, 11:41
Leicester now occupying a more realistic position
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Leicester City have encountered a difficult campaign after the heroics of winning the Premier League title last season. For much of the campaign, the Foxes were struggling near the bottom of the table, which lead to boss Claudio Ranieri being sacked.

His replacement Craig Shakespeare has steadied the ship and Saturday’s 3-0 win over Watford moved the Foxes into ninth place in the Premier League table. Nobody expected the champions to mount a title challenge this season.

It was always going to be a case of the Foxes dropping down the league slightly. Nobody foresaw how far they would drop when they were struggling under Ranieri, though. However, maybe the champions are now occupying a more realistic position in the Premier League table.

Last season was certainly a one-off. They do have decent players, but momentum and team spirit, coupled with the big clubs struggling for consistency led to the greatest shock in Premier League history.

There was no doubt that the players underperformed under Ranieri in the Italian’s last few months in charge of the club. England striker Jamie Vardy, in particular, struggled to recapture his form of last season.

However, Vardy’s form has picked up in recent months. He has now scored five times and produced one assist in his last nine appearances for the Foxes. It is not exactly the form of last season, but it is certainly better than his early season form.

The Foxes have lost just once in their last five games in all competitions and have recorded back-to-back Premier League wins without conceding a goal. Recent displays have been more like the Leicester of last season.

Most Leicester fans will have been realistic about this season and their team’s aims. A top-half finish and a very creditable run in the Champions League certainly would not represent a terrible campaign for last season’s surprise champions.

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OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Manchester City 65 24 21 2 1 70 18 52
2. Manchester United 53 24 16 5 3 49 16 33
3. Chelsea FC 50 24 15 5 4 45 16 29
4. Liverpool FC 47 24 13 8 3 54 29 25
5. Tottenham 45 24 13 6 5 47 22 25
6. Arsenal 42 24 12 6 6 45 31 14
7. Leicester City 34 24 9 7 8 36 32 4
8. Burnley FC 34 24 9 7 8 19 21 -2
9. Everton FC 28 24 7 7 10 26 39 -13
10. Watford FC 26 24 7 5 12 33 44 -11
11. West Ham 26 24 6 8 10 30 42 -12
12. Bournemouth 25 24 6 7 11 25 36 -11
13. Crystal Palace 25 24 6 7 11 22 37 -15
14. Huddersfield 24 24 6 6 12 19 41 -22
15. Newcastle Utd 23 24 6 5 13 22 34 -12
16. Brighton 23 24 5 8 11 17 33 -16
17. Stoke City 23 24 6 5 13 25 50 -25
18. Southampton 22 24 4 10 10 24 35 -11
19. West Bromwich 20 24 3 11 10 19 31 -12
20. Swansea City 20 24 5 5 14 15 35 -20

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