Leicester Mercury

Pulsating close to a season like no other

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IT is a most interestin­g – in fact, pulsating – close to a season for City and Tigers and their many fans.

Neither side can lose sight of the fact they have the rare chance of winning the cup final in their sporting spheres.

City have Chelsea, a team in form and odds must be against City winning at Wembley – their form not being of the best right now.

Tigers’ chances are a little less predictabl­e, not a lot being known of the form of their French opponents. It is likely Tigers, too, are not favourites to win. Leading up to the finals and immediatel­y after them, both sides have vital league matches

needing a collection of points necessary to keep them in their highest cup groups next season.

Tigers’ squad is improving rapidly but there are better sides to meet. City could not have much harder opposition that they must meet.

With few fans to cheer on their sides in live matches, it is a most difficult end of season for both. I find it very hard to forecast whether either will win a cup or be playing in the highest cup competitio­n next season. A lot will depend on not having injuries.

One thing for sure is that City and Tigers both have the very highest calibre of manager possible and both deserve the highest praise and the very best wishes.

Mike Ross, Wigston

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