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Leicester City finally turning a corner in the Premier League

Crippy Cooke in Editorial, English Premier League 30 Oct 2016

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Leicester City Claudio Ranieri has pinned his focus on his side's Champions League excursions, which led to a decline in the Premier League this season.

Leicester City Claudio Ranieri has pinned his focus on his side’s Champions League excursions, which led to a decline in the Premier League this season.

Leicester City held Tottenham Hotspur to a draw at White Hart Lane this weekend to end their losing away run this season, and it has been coming from the defending champions following an upturn in form from their poor start.

The Foxes struggled early on in the campaign but are now showing signs they have finally turned a corner to begin their ascent up the Premier League table. Are Leicester back?

Leicester enjoying longest unbeaten run of the season

Leicester City’s draw with Tottenham Hotspur extended the Foxes’ unbeaten run in all competitions to three games – their best run of the season so far. Claudio Ranieri’s men only managed two-game unbeaten runs in all competitions prior to this weekend, but the Leicester manager takes his share of the blame when looking at the pattern of their form.

With the Foxes boss resting key players for their Champions League group games this season, Leicester have continued to lose the Premier League game that preceded a European encounter this season. In September, they enjoyed a 3-0 win away to Club Brugge, after suffering a 4-1 defeat of Liverpool days earlier.

Later that month, Manchester United thrashed them 4-1 in the Premier League days before Leicester won again in Europe. And in October, Chelsea were the latest to give the defending champions a thumping before Ranieri’s men won against Copenhagen in Europe. Leaving out their key players has meant they’ve been unable to build up any momentum, but their form is now picking up.

Foxes finally grounded after a fairytale summer

Leicester City have shown signs for a number of weeks that they are finally getting adjusted to being defending champions in the Premier League, and have started to build on each performance of late. The Foxes’ pre-season will have been contrasting to what they’re used to. Instead of facing Football League sides, Leicester were travelling the world playing the giants of Europe.

As a result, it was hardly surprising they took their time to find their feet. After winning just one of their opening five games in all competitions, Leicester City have now suffered just one defeat in their last six. They have beaten the likes of FC Porto, FC Copenhagen and Crystal Palace, while picking up points to Southampton and Tottenham. Leicester City are 1/2 to finish in the top-10 of the Premier League this season. Have Claudio Ranieri’s men finally turned a corner following a slow start to the campaign?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Crippy Cooke


Crippy Cooke has somehow written for the Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London24 and Bleacher Report among others, despite knowing less about football than your average Fan TV member . The weekly accumulator enthusiast is saving up his winnings to pay for a much-needed hair transplant but grows more on his chin than his head. He lives and breathes football and somehow makes a living writing from it.

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