Leicester City were always going to remain under extreme pressure after what they achieved last season. The Foxes went on to win the Premier League title against all the odds and created a buzz about possibly retaining their crown this season as well.
However with N’Golo Kante’s move to Chelsea, Leicester are clearly struggling to live up to their pre-season hype. Claudio Ranieri saw his team lose the Community Shield title to Manchester United and if that was not bad enough, Leicester lost their opening game of the season against the newcomers Hull City.
A draw against Arsenal was followed by a hard-fought win over Swansea but a 4-1 mauling from Liverpool has raised serious question marks over Leicester’s title defense this season. As things stand, Foxes are 16th in the league table and given the level of competition this season one fears for their eventual league finish.
Repeating 2015/16 feat is an impossible task
While all the credit needs to go to Leicester City for the way they conquered Premier League last season part of the reason of their success was the poor performance from rest of the top teams as well.
However, likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham have all started the 2016/17 season on a high and it will be very difficult for Leicester to even break in to the top-4 this season.
Add to that, their Champions League campaign will take a heavy toll on their domestic performance this season. Ranieri did manage to bring in as many as SIX new faces at King Power Stadium including their record signing Islam Slimani, however, that may not be enough come the end of 2016/17 campaign.
Leicester need to start from the scratch
Despite their slow start to the season, Leicester need to put that behind them and focus on getting their season back on track. They take on Club Brugge in Champions League later tonight and then go up against Burnley later this weekend.
Ranieri must look at the Burnley game to make a statement and ask his big-game players (Mahrez, Vardy, Drinkwater, Slimani) to make an impact and win by a sizable difference. They have already seen 4 matches go by and it is now imperative for them to start putting points on the board.