Leicester City Season Review 2023/24 - Part 1

Leicester City Trophy Parade
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Leicester City marked a swift return to the Premier League as champions of the EFL Championship. The Foxes finished with 97 points and were promoted alongside Ipswich Town and Southampton.

Enzo Maresca’s men had a terrific start to the season, winning 13 of the first 14 league games. Two back-to-back defeats against Leeds United and Middlesbrough made the fans ponder whether teams were getting used to the Foxes' tactics. However, Leicester went on another good run, winning 12 of their next 16 games with just one loss to Coventry City.

After 32 games, things looked great for the Foxes. They were 11 points ahead of second-placed Southampton and 12 points clear of Leeds, who were in third place. The Championship trophy seemed a given at that point. The only question was whether Leicester would break the points record.

Three games later, Ipswich were just three points behind, and Leeds were closing in too. The Whites had cut the gap to the Foxes to five points. For the first time this season, there was some doubt whether Leicester could hold on to the automatic promotion places. The next six games were better. The Foxes won four of them, drew one, and lost one game. Things seemed to be in control.

Two back-to-back defeats against relegation-threatened teams took Leicester off the top of the table. Ipswich were above by one point, and Leeds trailed by a single point. Maresca’s men had a game in hand, but the situation still looked bleak. All the forwards had forgotten how to do the one task they’re supposed to do - finish. To make things worse, Leicester had reportedly breached the Premier League’s Profit and Sustainability Rules, indicating a punishment in the near future.