Le­ices­ter City

Ti­tle odds 2016-17 25-1

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Star man Jamie Vardy

The Le­ices­ter striker just edges ahead of Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kanté – who were both rev­e­la­tions – based on his 24 goals, in­clud­ing the record­break­ing strike against Manchester United (his 11th in a row) and ex­o­cet at home to Liver­pool.

Lame duck Gokhan In­ler

It seems so cruel to be sin­gling out any­one af­ter such a fairy-tale cam­paign but it is dif­fi­cult not to feel sym­pa­thy for In­ler. Signed for £4 mil­lion as a re­place­ment for Este­ban Cam­bi­asso, he has never looked com­fort­able with the pace of the English game and failed to start a league game this year.

What’s the ver­dict on Clau­dio Ranieri?

What do you think? Ranieri has spec­tac­u­larly re­built his rep­u­ta­tion in Eng­land, more than 10 years af­ter his shabby de­par­ture from Chelsea, and his work this sea­son can­not be over­es­ti­mated.

What went right?

From the stun­ning vic­tory over Manchester City to the heart­warm­ing ti­tle cel­e­bra­tions, Le­ices­ter have cap­tured the imag­i­na­tion of the world. With a tal­ented and hun­gry squad, dili­gent re­cruit­ment and in­tu­itive man­age­ment from Clau­dio Ranieri, it was an un­for­get­table ride.

What went wrong?

It seems so long ago, but the post­sea­son tour of Thai­land was a source of deep em­bar­rass­ment for the club’s own­ers. Af­ter a racist sex orgy was filmed in­volv­ing three acad­emy play­ers, who were all sacked, the exit of man­ager Nigel Pear­son shocked fans still bask­ing in the heroic Great Es­cape.

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