‘Since Leicester City’s title triumph it has been a story of missed opportunities’

Leicester City fans everywhere shared a little moment this week as the second anniversary of the day the Premier League title was sealed came round.

Everyone can remember where they were as Tottenham’s two-goal lead evaporated at Stamford Bridge and the impossible was achieved.

Whether you were down the pub with your mates, or sat in the back garden weeping like an infant with a glass of wine, or bus-surfing at the Clock Tower, you will never forget that momentous and scarcely believable evening.

It was a life-affirming moment, and a validation of all that time, effort, emotion and money we had invested over the years, and nothing can ever change it, but the contrast with recent times could hardly be greater.

Last weekend’s diabolical performance at Crystal Palace perfectly illustrated something that we already knew. The club have failed to build on what could have been a fantastic platform to elevate their status.

It began with the summer signings in 2016, none of whom made any impact, the full-time appointment of Craig Shakespeare, and now, many fans would say, the appointment of Claude Puel.

No one expects City to win the league again, or break into the top four but, with what we had, we could have been aiming for the top six, or the Europa League place occupied by Burnley.

What we have is a side that looks like the life has been completely sucked out of it, with one point gained out of the last 12.

We have possession football from a side who aren’t that good at keeping possession.

We have an England striker who hardly gets a touch of the ball, and who didn’t feel for poor Marc Albrighton, press-ganged into a right-back berth he clearly doesn’t suit, when he was shown the red card for hauling down Wilfried Zaha?

It was a horrendous mess from start to finish, but worse, most of the fans suspected it might be even before kick-off.

No doubt Puel has a vision of how he wants City to play in the long term, and may have the new signings lined up that will enable it to bear fruit, but three tough games against West Ham (needing points for safety), Arsenal (who we haven’t beaten at home since 1994), and Tottenham (who will want to leave Wembley with a bang) could well see the 2017-18 campaign end on a very low note.


Many people have drawn comparisons with the 2000-01 season when Peter Taylor’s side, sitting in fourth place in March, lost nine out of the last ten games, and then carried that awful form into the next season. Once a team have forgotten how to win, it can be a difficult thing to regain.

After a run of four wins from 14 games in 2018 you can bet the owners will have heard the ringing of alarm bells. They may have another difficult decision to make before long.

Source: www.leicestermercury.co.uk

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