Sheffield United 1-2 Leicester: Timely Foxes fan reality check

Brendan Rodgers of Leicester City (Photo by Nick Potts - Pool/Getty Images)
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However, the season has gone very well so far with winning seven of the first eleven games. Clearly there have been some severe blips, not least the three home defeats. But too often the bigger picture is being forgotten. Brendan Rodgers has been in the job just under two years and for the vast majority of that he has had the club sitting the in the champions league places, getting to the semi final of a cup for the first time in twenty years and producing only the second European campaign in the same two decades.

Go back even further and you will see a club that around ten years ago was in a mess when Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and Top arrived. Since then it has been a whirlwind fairytale story of success and heartbreak:

  • Play off agony to winning the Championship with 102 points.
  • The Great escape season to winning the Premier League.
  • Champions League quarter finalists to the most tragic of helicopter crashes.
  • Replacing multi million pound departures with cheaper better replacements.
  • Top 4 heartbreak to………..(insert next drama here).

Since the owners have come in it has been difficult not to be taken in by the story of Leicester City whether you support them or not. The squad is now worth hundreds of millions, managers and players have come and gone, but still the club is refusing to be pushed aside by the supposed Premier League big boys and their legions of glory hunting followers. A world class training facility is on the brink of being opened, the rumoured plans for the stadium expansion look extraordinary and still the club is getting results.

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If 2016 taught us anything it’s that daring to dream is okay. because sometimes the impossible dreams aren’t as impossible as we first thought. But also let’s not forget that Leicester’s recent history of success is a new path for all of us. Expecting and demanding that we sweep away all teams and getting wound up with mini blips in form belies where Leicester have come from and also who we are. We’re still the Premier League underdog and should never not enjoy a last minute winner scraped against a bottom-of-the-league-side.