2016 was a year like no other for Leicester City, who won the Premier League for the first time ever in the club’s history. The man behind the success? Claudio Ranieri. The man who captured attention with his ‘Dilly Ding, Dilly Dong’. The man who surprised everyone, winning the league when Leicester City had a 5000/1 probability of winning. We can describe that year for them as magical, with the likes of Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy scoring wonder goals almost every week. They were heading into Europe for the first time ever, so they had no worries going into the next season, 2016-2017.
Where it began to go wrong:
Many knew that is was impossible for Leicester City to win the Premier League once again. Claudio Ranieri also assured that, saying that their goal was to maintain their spot in the Premier League. It didn’t start too bad for them, with a win away at Hull City and then a draw at home against the Gunners. However, they started scoring less and losing more games. Noticeable losses against the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United, and Chelsea were the beginning of the nightmare. Then, losses against West Brom, Watford, Sunderland, Bournemouth,and Everton showed the poor state that the Foxes were in. Despite making some decent signings with the likes of Islam Slimani, that wasn’t good enough to strengthen the squad. It was quite noticeable that they were missing their key player: N’Golo Kante.
Crash and Burn for Ranieri:
In late January into February, there were reports of discontent with Claudio Ranieri, with some fans already asking for his head. Amid these reports, the club came out with a statement declaring their full support for Ranieri. Little did they know they’d lose it soon. With another run of poor results, Leicester City are now just 1 point from the relegation zone in 17th position. Losses against Chelsea and Manchester United again, against Southampton, Burnley, and Swansea put the Italian manager under more pressure, with his position at the club becoming more unlikely. In yesterday’s match against Sevilla in the Champions League, Leicester City lost 2-1 at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Spain. However, many saw it as a good result. City had the away goal, and it really can go either way in the second leg at the King Power Stadium in March. The Owners weren’t pleased with the result, and after much speculation, Leicester City finally confirmed they had parted ways with the Italian. Why was he sacked? For his poor luck I would say. The club has not had a good season, but we can’t say it is Ranieri’s fault. This was a once in a lifetime occurrence, and we have to admit they were riding their luck a little bit. We assumed they would have been mid table this season, but never imagined they’d be fighting for their lives. What does this show us? The lack of loyalty. Sure, the club want better results, but they had already stated their support for him, so in the view of many, this was quite a disgrace, for them to act this way on the man who had provided with their first major silverware in a long time. I don’t think we will ever see anything as magnificent as what Claudio Ranieri achieved with this Leicester team. We will only live now with what was his greatest season ever, and for us the fans of football, the most exciting leave we may have ever witnessed. For this, we say ‘Grazie, Claudio.’