Located in the East Midlands of England, Leicester is an innocuous city known to be greatest producers of leather and the largest manufacturers of potato crisps in the country. Who could have predicted that their football team, Leicester City Football Club (lcfc) would have come out champions against the world's biggest football clubs in the most competitive league? This is perhaps one of the greatest sporting stories ever told and we're lucky enough to experience this once in a lifetime spectacle!
All the odds were entirely against them. To put it in numeric terms, it was a 5,000 to 1 chance for them to win the league. Their performance last season at the top flight division was the complete opposite. They managed to pull off a miraculous escape from being relegated to the lower league, winning 7 of their last 9 games.
How can a team who were fighting for their lives just a year ago, come out as champions the next? They didn't and couldn't afford to make prolific signings as other clubs who went on to spend lavishly on top class players costing up to over 50 Million Euros each. A single player was worth more than the entire lcfc squad put together! So who, how and what exactly did lcfc do to win the title?
Who- Manager & Key Players
Upon the sacking of their previous manger, Claudio Ranieri was appointed as the replacement. There were considerable doubts about him succeeding at lcfc. Ranieri shunned all the negative speculation and focused on the task at hand.
It sounded simple enough. 40 points over 38 games would mostly likely ensure lcfc a spot for the next campaign. Ranieri instructed and inspired the team to play their best, fearlessly for their fans and for each other. This made way for the rise of football stars who were completely unheard of just a year ago – N'Golo Kanté, Riyad Mahrez and of course, Jamie Vardy.
How- Tactics & Mentality
Based on statistics, they came in last for passing accuracy and 3rd last for possession and number of passes. They were happy for their opponents to have the ball for long periods But when Leicester did have the ball, boy did they make it count. Lcfc gave up on playing the proven traditional style of Premier League football and focused on showcasing something more direct and counter-attacking.
As soon as safety from being relegated was achieved, everything else was a bonus for the team. The team played without fear and maintained that mentality till the end of the campaign. They had nothing to lose and everything to gain. Lcfc set a new standard for the sport and is an inspiration for the whole world.
What- The Winning Formula
What exactly can we learn from this story? Claudio Ranieri didn't have much to work with from the start. It was a struggling team with minimum budget to sign new players. He saw an opportunity and started doing things differently and look where it got the team today!
Just like Claudio Ranieri, Nick Vujicic, the man with no limbs succeeded against all odds. He didn't allow his physical challenges to keep him from enjoying great adventures, having a fulfilling and meaningful career, and loving relationships.
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