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Anindya Kumar Saha, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
We all are fond of stories where much unfancied minnows take on the giants. People crave for David vs Goliath fairy tale . But it’s one thing to win one match and another thing to come out on top throughout the season, among not one but many Goliaths.
Such is the fairy tale of a club named Leicester city in the Barclays Premier League. Last year with 29 games played ,Leicester were bottom of the table with 19 points accumulated of possible 57. What followed was the great escape as they avoided relegation by accumulating 14 of the possible 18 points in the next six matches.
But, nobody even dreamt of what was coming next. This season Leicester picked up form where they left their previous season and players like Vardy , Mahrez , Kante , Danny Drinkwater , Roberth Huth etc. sizzled.
With 4 matches to go of the 38 they have a 5 point lead over second placed Tottenham. With 12 points to go they are the favourites. But the job is not finished as they have away fixtures against Manchester United and Chelsea , the premier League Goliath’s till previous season. But then this is the season where Leicester have just swept aside all the heavy weights. Second placed Tottenham do have a much more favourable fixture on paper with their toughest game being an away game to Chelsea. With the finish line in sight after a long season full of twist and turns most football fans want to see them getting the ultimate glory.
But whether Leicester City buckle under the pressure of Vardy ban for the next two matches or not, Claudio Raneiri’s men have been a breath of fresh air to football dominated by the big clubs.
Whether come 15th May Leicester City F.C. wins the title or not they have already trumped the Goliath’s as the big four of English football are already out of the race.