Re: Football Season 2015-16

burton wrote:

Sadly this topic didn't get much love this season, but it has been the best season I have ever witnessed. I genuinely never thought I would see Leicester City win the Premier League, or even get anywhere near it. To do so, with the squad we have and the money spent (relative to others in the league I might add) is truly incredible.

The total cost of the most used starting 11 this season for Leicester is £23m. Last year, for Chelsea it was £200m and hasn't actually been below £150m for the league champion for the last 4 years! To have gone up against all those clubs with financial clout and beat them by playing attacking flowing football (for the most part) is an achievement I don't know if I'll ever again witness.

I'm not bothered about comparisons with Clough's forest team from the 70s - it was a different era and what they achieved was absolutely astounding - but the football climate now is so different. That is not to say I think that this Leicester achievement is better in any way, just that the two aren't really comparable anymore.

Anyway, hats off to Ranieri and all the boys. Can't wait to see them lift the trophy on Saturday.

fantastic stuff

what happened to Gökhan Inler? Drinkwater and Kante too good?
and how about Andrej Kramarić? He's looked decent in highlights for Hoffenheim and surely he wouldn't have shanked that volley wide like Ulloa did at Old Trafford on Sunday?

Re: Football Season 2015-16

Roberto wrote:

fantastic stuff

what happened to Gökhan Inler? Drinkwater and Kante too good?
and how about Andrej Kramarić? He's looked decent in highlights for Hoffenheim and surely he wouldn't have shanked that volley wide like Ulloa did at Old Trafford on Sunday?

Inler just looked too slow. I know it is an easy assumption to say how quick the PL is compared to Serie A, but he just didn't get to grips with the pace of the game at all. Everyone thought he was gonna be this season's Cambiasso, but that role was taken by Kante - who is unquestionably the best ball winning midfielder I've ever seen play for Leicester.

Kramaric is a real mystery. He came in with a heavy price tag and having scored for fun in the Croatian league, but really struggled to get into the team under Pearson and even less so under Ranieri. I've no doubt he's a talent, but there must be something up if he's not been able to force his way in - especially as Ranieri was happy to send him out on loan this year. He's scored a few at Hoffenheim, though whether he'll come back in the summer or sold I don't know.

A new striker needs to be the priority anyway, along with some defensive cover. Most important though is keeping the squad together and tying Mahrez/Kante down to big contracts, so even if the big clubs come knocking next year, we're in the best position to discuss.

Jebb wrote:

I do hate Jamie Vardy

Clearly not the most likable lad, and his previous misdemeanours illustrate that he is not a particularly nice character, but he is a tireless worker and has developed into a great striker. Sure he's not in the elite group of world class forwards, but scoring in 11 consecutive games, whilst also flying past 20 for the season is a massive achievement for a lad who was being written off last year. Regardless of his personality, rat like features and horrible little voice, he is a fantastic player and it would be a travesty if he is not 1st or 2nd choice (with Kane) for England this summer.


Also as a side note that Spurs v Chelsea match was a nasty game to watch. Spurs tactics were clearly to try and get Costa to rise to some bait and get sent off - which is a completely stupid thing to try and do! He is the master of being a horrible dirty cheat to force a rise out of the opponents. He knew what they were doing and just reflected it all back onto them, which for the most part they couldn't handle! 9 yellow cards for Spurs is really telling of how they played that match - which I think was all wrong.

Spurs have been great for the most part of this season and it was refreshing to see someone else up top with us, but their game management tactics in this match (and against WBA) were way off. It was also funny that after months of pundits and fans saying 'Leicester will bottle it once it gets close to being real', it was Leicester who looked pretty assured at Old Trafford, whereas the occasion completely got to the Spurs lads on Monday and that they showed that they couldn't handle the pressure.

They'll be back next season though, and definitely probing for a Top 4 again. Hopefully we will too!

Re: Football Season 2015-16

burton wrote:

Sadly this topic didn't get much love this season, but it has been the best season I have ever witnessed. I genuinely never thought I would see Leicester City win the Premier League, or even get anywhere near it. To do so, with the squad we have and the money spent (relative to others in the league I might add) is truly incredible.

The total cost of the most used starting 11 this season for Leicester is £23m. Last year, for Chelsea it was £200m and hasn't actually been below £150m for the league champion for the last 4 years! To have gone up against all those clubs with financial clout and beat them by playing attacking flowing football (for the most part) is an achievement I don't know if I'll ever again witness.

I'm not bothered about comparisons with Clough's forest team from the 70s - it was a different era and what they achieved was absolutely astounding - but the football climate now is so different. That is not to say I think that this Leicester achievement is better in any way, just that the two aren't really comparable anymore.

Anyway, hats off to Ranieri and all the boys. Can't wait to see them lift the trophy on Saturday.

The biggest week in the entire history of Leicester City FC and you're on the internet talking about Forest?  Obsessed!


Just kidding obviously, mega season for Leicester, buzzing you lot have won it. Also, Wes Morgan.

Re: Football Season 2015-16

i'm sure most people have heard this by now but anyway...

Man Utd have spent more on players in the last 2 years than Leicester in their entire 132 year history.

amazing!!!

Re: Football Season 2015-16

pitmanfan wrote:

i'm sure most people have heard this by now but anyway...

Man Utd have spent more on players in the last 2 years than Leicester in their entire 132 year history.

amazing!!!

It's been great hearing all of the interviews with the owners/staff/players this week. All have been asked "what is the secret of Leicester's success?" and the answer is the same "no secrets - just a great team spirit and group of players who give everything for each other and know how each other work."

The scenes of the party in Vardy's house when the title was confirmed were great to see, but they also demonstrated how close they all are as a team. It wasn't just a few of them there, it was pretty much the entire squad. Players like Matty James, Wasilewski, Inler, Moore and others were all there, guys who haven't been in the matchday squad much, but who are still so close to the other guys! Can you imagine that happening at any other club? Would Yaya Toure have all the Man City lads over or Wayne all the Man U team if they were on the cusp of a title? No chance.