‘LEICESTER HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR’
The new champions should keep faith in their style of play
Throughout Leicester City’s memorable Premier League title-winning campaign one motto has been used more than most: “We are fearless.”
Claudio Ranieri’s flying Foxes have not feared anybody this season - and why should they when possessing the talent of attackers Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez as well as a backline that includes goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and defenders Wes Morgan and Robert Huth.
If anything it’s the opposition that have feared taking on the Foxes. And that won’t change this Saturday evening when the heroes come home to face Everton. In fact if I was Everton manager Roberto Martinez I would not just be fearing for my job, I would be fearing for the long-term morale of my team. Just ask Vardy who will return from suspension. Because the Foxes won’t just want another party in front of their barmy army - they will want to sign off their home fixtures in style. That means goals, lots of them. The next weeks and months will be one long celebration for the boys in blue, but come pre-season and the opening of the transfer window Ranieri will have some serious work to do. While I don’t see any of the main players leaving Leicester because of their Champions League qualification, the biggest task for Ranieri will be on how to improve his squad without denting the unbelievable team spirit and style of play.
This team have won hearts - and lots of games - with their attitude and fearless brand of attacking football, so it should be added to, not diminished.
But with Champions League football comes riches - it’s the Holy Grail for all clubs in Europe. While Ranieri will get cash to spend, I hope - and believe - that he will be careful and not just buy bigwage prima-donnas. It’s not been his style, certainly at Leicester.
Let’s hope he keeps faith with his stars because wouldn’t it be great to see Europe’s top clubs travel to the King Power stadium for a Champions League fixture?
Leicester’s current crop of players deserve the chance to take on Europe’s best. Because there’s no doubt about it, none of the big boys will fancy a trip to a packed and boisterous King Power.
The Champions League is a journey into the unknown for Leicester City, but the message must be to keep being fearless and don’t change your ways. Just look how far it’s got you.