Beat West Ham and hope Bournemouth don’t lose at Everton. That’s the only scenario that will keep Leicester’s footballers in the Premier League for next season. The Foxes have won over many fans with their successes, but what all has befallen them over the past eight seasons?
Leicester’s first season after promotion from the Championship was very hectic. In the 2014/15 season, the Foxes were near the relegation zone for a long time, but eventually finished 14th and avoided relegation quite comfortably.
The year after that, Leicester were playing in very different positions. Anyone who would have bet that Leicester, Tottenham and Arsenal would be fighting for the title would probably have made a pretty penny. The Foxes won the league and went on to the Champions League.
The following season saw the dream Champions League. The club focused solely on it, advancing to the eighth round where they knocked out Sevilla. The next Spanish side was already above Leicester, Atletico were a level above.
The 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons ended with ninth place, the season after that fifth place meant promotion to the cups again. The mainstays from the title season were mostly gone, with only Jamie Vardy remaining apart from Riyad Mahrez, N’Golo Kante and co.
And the club legend was there when Leicester crashed out to Slavia in the first round of the 2020/21 Europa League knockout stages without scoring a goal in two games. Abdallah Sima and David Zima played the double of their lives, Vardy didn’t even get a sniff.
The year after, or last season, the Foxes were closest to a European final. They made it through to the last four teams in the Conference League. They were pipped to the post by future champions AS Rome.
This year, Leicester have struggled since the beginning of the season mainly due to poor defence, but the offence has not been ideal for a long time either. Because of this, Dean Smith’s charges are in a situation before the last round where even a win against West Ham might not be enough to save them.
Source: Premier League
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