Leonardo Ulloa may have scored the most vital goal of Leicester’s season when he slotted the ball home from Marc Albrighton’s cross on 88th minute to mark the biggest win of Leicester’s season so far.
The win takes Leicester 5 points clear of Arsenal and Tottenham, who have tough matches coming up in next few days. Claudio Ranieri’s side played with a nervous energy against Norwich, perhaps because of the expectation surrounding the club with their first ever league title.
It may sound clichéd but Leicester eked out a result when they did not play well. They grind the win against Norwich and showed what Champions are made of. Over the years, we have seen Manchester United win crucial games at the death and go on to win Championships.
Leicester 1 Norwich 0 Match Analysis
While there is no obvious similarity or comparison between the two teams here, but the heart Leicester showed last night was very much worthy of being called as the Premier League Champions.
The match in itself was a different experience for Leicester players and fans, as they were playing like the favorites and not as underdogs anymore. Norwich defended resolutely and kept out Mahrez-Vardy duo.
Riyad Mahrez showed all his party tricks to Robie Brady and left him for dead twice in the first half, however, the Algerian could not finish or create the breakthrough.
Leicester were almost left to dread their poor finishing on the night when Cameron Jerome almost scored with a header. Looking at the replays, manager Alex Neil and Jerome must be wondering how the striker wasted that chance.
Leicester for the credit kept pushing for the goal and Ranieri turned to his third choice striker Leonardo Ulloa, and the Argentine scored the most vital goal of his season and his club’s season.
The move inevitably involved Mahrez who played the ball out wide to Albrighton, who sent a delicious ball from the right wing for Ulloa to apply the finishing touch and restore the belief of winning the title this season.
The moment it went it, you could almost sense that Leicester’s name may have already been written on the cup this season. At the full-time whistle, reactions from Claudio Ranieri and Kasper Schmeichel told the story about the growing belief in the camp of achieving the unthinkable this season.
With the win, Leicester go 5-points clear at the top and will hope for Arsenal and Tottenham to drop points over the next few days to give them a clear advantage in one of the most fascinating Premier League title races in recent times.
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