‘The winning fairy tale’ once again?… Leicester grabs Chelsea to lead the league

Leicester City midfielder James Madison (second from right) is scoring in the EPL round 19 game against Chelsea at Leicester King Power Stadium on the 20th. Leicester = AP Yonhap News

Leicester City’s surprise victory in the English Premier League (EPL) in the 2015-2016 season was called a’fairytle’ by football fans around the world. This is thanks to the small and medium-sized club that played in the second division, gathering unknown players and winning the championship the following year. However, there was another meaning in the expression’fairy tale’. It will be difficult to reproduce such a victory again. The year after the championship, the 2016-2017 season fell to 12th in the league, and this seemed to be a reality. Leicester City even suffered a tragedy in which the owner of Wichai Shiwatdanaprapa died in a crash in the process of taking off by helicopter in front of the stadium after watching the home game in 2018. In the process of winning, even the owner, who supported the team, died, and the future of the team became darker.

But Leicester City rose again as if to look. Brendon Rogers, who served as manager of Liverpool and Glasgow Celtic, was recruited in the middle of the 2018-2019 season and rebounded to 5th place in the league in the following season, 2019-2020.

In addition, in the 2020-2021 season, he finally climbed to the top of the league, challenging the reproduction of the’fairy tale’. On the 20th, Leicester City beat Chelsea 2-0 in the EPL Round 19 game held at the home stadium of Leicester King Power Stadium in England. Six minutes after the start of the game, Leicester City defeated the baseline with Wilfred Ndidi (25). On the right side of the penalty area, a pass from Mark Albrighton, 32, hit the foot of Harvey Barnes, 24, and Ndidi shook the net with a left-footed mid-range shot outside the penalty arc.

In the 41st minute, James Madison (25) scored an extra goal. Albrighton quickly flooded the long ball from behind and finished with his right foot.

Even though Leicester City was overwhelmed with 35.8%-65.2% of its market share, it made six effective shots, one more than Chelsea. It was a high-efficiency and solid game reminiscent of the winning season.

As a result, Leicester City jumped to the top of the league with 12 wins, 2 draws, 5 losses and 38 points, overtaking Manchester United (37 points) with 6 games, including 3 consecutive wins.

It is difficult to guarantee that Leicester City will continue to hold the No. 1 position, as Manchester United has yet to play one less game and the competition for the top ranking is in progress. Currently, the difference in points between 1st place Leicester City and 7th place West Ham (32 points) is only 6 points, so even if one or two games are cluttered, the water level will immediately fall to the upper middle.

However, this season’s Leicester City is being recognized as a dignified championship amidst this hassle. While the protagonists who created the fairy tale five seasons ago, such as striker Jamie Boddie (34), goalkeeper Kesper Schmeichel (35), and midfielder Albrighton, are still in existence, recruiting players such as Madison, Ndidi, and Barnes have grown steadily, such as Liverpool, Man U, and Chelsea. It is thanks to the completion of a squad that is not second to those of traditional strongmen. The BBC also said, “Leicester’s victory this season is only one point less compared to the same period when he won the 2015 and 2016 season.” “Do it”.

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