Wednesday 13 December 2017 / 04:04 PM

Leicester – this is for real now

In case you missed the results this weekend, Leicester City beat Manchester City 3-1 on Saturday. In truth, most of us thought that this might be the final straw for a Leicester, who have been on such a remarkable run this season.

Surely they couldn’t beat megabucks City on their home turf, at the Etihad, the home of many famous victories for the Citizens.

They could.

What is perhaps even more remarkable than Leicester’s win is the performance that came with it.

Given the collective talents (and price tags) of the two teams on display on Saturday, one could have envisaged Leicester sneaking a win.

But I don’t think I’m alone when I admit that I didn’t expect a win in this manner.

Put simply, Leicester were much, much better than City. Better in defence, better in midfield and better in attack.

And now they’re five points clear at the top of the Premier League with only three games against the traditional ‘big four’ left.

They’re favourites. Genuinely.

Football fans all over the world have been waiting for the Leicester bubble to burst, for their ‘luck’ to run out, but on Saturday came the realisation that this just isn’t going to happen.

Because it isn’t a bubble, and it isn’t luck.

They’re a traditional, hard-working team whose whole is better than the sum of their parts. Together, they’re formidable.

And on Saturday, Leicester truly belonged. They were at home at the top table, playing against the players that have cost City hundreds of millions of pounds. They didn’t pussyfoot up to the Etihad and play a safe 4-5-1 and try and nick a goal from a long ball.

They played 4-4-2, worked exceptionally hard, and won fair and square. You simply can’t argue with that.

The reality is that Leicester should now go on to win the Premier League, and if they do, it will be a wonderful thing for many reasons.

For the people of Leicester, it’ll be remarkable.

For the rest of the teams in the Premier League, and the fans of those teams, it’ll be a reminder of the fact that money doesn’t always win. That sometimes team spirit, graft and superior tactics can compete with riches.

If Leicester finish the season as Champions, the league suddenly becomes attainable for every team in the division – and in a league that has been dominated by the same four teams for 20 years, that would be remarkable.

So go on, Leicester. Do it for all of us.

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