Leicester proves luck is no coincidence (Sponsored Video)

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They are so very close to pulling off one of the greatest upsets sports have ever seen.

They are football’s fairytale.

But Leicester City are not within touching distance of the English Premier League title because they’ve gotten lucky.

Their success is no coincidence. It isn’t about being in the right place at the right time. If they do capture the championship come the end of the season, they will be deserving winners despite what some critics say.

Less than a year ago the Foxes were rock bottom of England’s top flight.

At the start of April they began their terrific run of form which ended up saving them right at the death from what seemed like certain relegation for most of the campaign.

But no one saw what came next. Despite changing managers and being the bookie’s favourite to be demoted, they’ve shocked the world to top the toughest league in Europe at the crunch end of the season.

Even sitting five points clear with only eight games left to play, it hasn’t really sunk in for most.

Plenty of excuses have been brought out throughout the season to explain it.

They’ve just swooped in and taken advantage while the big boys are in a flux never seen before.

They’re just feeding off Jamie Vardy while he’s in the form of his life. He’ll never play this well again.

They’ve just been lucky.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

After every week since the start of the season, people said they would drop off. Surely it couldn’t last? It hasn’t happened yet.

The truth is Leicester’s hard work, grit and eye for detail make them more than good value for their spot as leaders.

Claudio Ranieri arrived at the club last summer after he was sacked by Greece following their humiliating loss to the Faroe Islands.

Despite his reputation being in tatters, he has turned Leicester into an organised, well drilled and relentless side willing to outfight anybody they come up against. They stand firm in defence (the fifth tightest in the division) and once they have won the ball, they counter at break neck speed. Their exhilarating offence is dizzying at times. Opposing sides have found it almost impossible to contend with. Only one other team in the division have scored more goals than them.

Ranieri deserves all the credit. He’s been a step ahead of his counterparts. He knew football’s obsession with possession was starting to falter and set his team up accordingly. His men almost will teams to attack them with the ball, just so they can fight for it back and exploit the space they have left behind. They have been accused of being fortunate. They’ve just been clinical.

Leicester’s leading men – Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N’golo Kante – seem to have come from out of nowhere. Bargains who have emerged into stars to the surprise of the club themselves. But again that’s just a myth.

The three were extensively scouted by Leicester’s statisticians and snatched up under the nose of the rest of the football world. The trio were signed for less than a combined seven million pounds. Their potential was clear, it was just a matter of time before the scouts were proven right.

It may not have quite sunk in that Leicester City are on their way to their first English Premier League title but it’s time for football to wrap their heads around it. They have defied the odds for so long and it’s hard to see them not carrying that right on to the final day of the season.

Their players have been scouted expertly and coached to near perfection by a man, once set to leave the game in disgrace, but now about to complete its greatest ever fairytale. It’s not luck. It’s no coincidence. It’s just good football.

This article is presented by Unibet, but the writing is ours. 

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