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5 Reasons Leicester City Could  Slip Up In The EPL Title Race

After narrowly escaping relegation last season, Leicester City are on the verge of being crowned English Premier League champions for the very first time in the club history.

 

The less fancied team, mainly made up of journey men and unknowns, are just six games away from realizing one of football's greatest story and they are showing no sign of easing off.

 

They are currently seven points ahead of second placed Tottenham Hotspur and 11 points ahead of Arsenal who are third. Can they make it, or ‎will they go the path of  history in some European leagues which is littered by heartbreaking failures of teams at the tail end of their spectacular run in the title race?

 

Completesportsnigeria.com's JAMES AGBEREBI, in this piece, reveals FIVE examples of such failures in the past in Europe, which serve up red alert to Leicester City and their growing teeming fans around the world.

 

 

 

ASTON VILLA (1992-1993 SEASON)

 

Aston Villa came close to winning their eight English league title in the 1992-1993 season but bungled it.

 

The last time Villa won the league title was in the 1980-1981 season, and came very close to achieving the feat in the 1992-1993 season only to lose out to Manchester United who won by a 10 points gap.

 

Under the guidance of Ron Atkinson, Villa led the table for most part of the season. But in the final weeks of the campaign their challenge faded. 

 

Any chance of winning the title was eventually extinguished after they lost 1–0 at home to Oldham Athletic with three games remaining in the season.

 

 

NEWCASTLE (1995-1996 SEASON)

 

The last time Newcastle won the English league title was in 1927 and the 1995-1996 season looked like the year they will eventually claim another title.

 

In January 1996, Newcastle were ahead of second placed Manchester United by 12 points. But a poor run of results by Newcastle 

saw United leap frog them.

 

And With one game left inj the season and United ahead by two points, Newcastle had to beat Tottenham and hope that Middlesbrough beat United. 

 

But things didn't go as planned as Manchester United won 3–0 and Newcastle could only draw 1–1 with Tottenham.

 

BAYER LEVERKUSEN (1999-2000 and 2001-2002 SEASONS)

 

The 1999-2000 and 2001-2002 Bundesliga seasons are one fans of Bayer Leverkusen will never want to remember in the history of the club.

 

On both occasions, Leverkusen had the Bundesliga title in their grasp only to allow it slip away towards the end of the campaign.

 

In 2000, on the final day, all that was required was for Leverkusen to draw against Unterhaching to win the title, but an own goal by Michael Ballack helped saw them lose 2-0, while Bayern Munich clinched the title with a 3–1 victory over Werder Bremen. 

 

And in 2002, with three games left and with a five-point lead, Leverkusen lost two of its last three matches while Borussia Dortmund won all their three games and were crowned Bundesliga champions.

 

LIVERPOOL (2013-2014 SEASON)

 

Liverpool had looked on course to win their first league title since 1990, with two weeks and three games to go in the 2013-2014 season.

 

Unfortunately, it wasn't to be as everything came crashing down after they lost two and won one of their last three games.

 

Goals from Demba Ba and Willian, gave a second string Chelsea side a 2-0 win at Anfield.

 

And in their penultimate game against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, Liverpool threw away a 3-0 lead to end the game 3-3.

 

They eventually finished with 84 points behind Manchester City, who claimed the title, finishing with 86 points.

INTER MILAN (2001-2002 SEASON)

 

Going into the final game of the 2001-2002 Seria A season, Inter Milan needed to beat Lazio inside the Rome Olympic Stadium to clinch their first title since 1989.

 

Inter, under Hector Cuper, had led in most part of the season going into the last day of the season.

 

They were on 69 points, while their closest rivals Juventus and Roma were on 68 and 67 points respectively.

 

Unfortunately, Inter lost 4-2 to Lazio while both Juventus and Roma secured final day wins.

 

Juventus were crowned champions, with Roma finishing second and Inter a disappointing third.

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2 Comments

  1. FIVE REASONS WHY LEICESTER WILL COULD WIN THE LEAGUE.  Thank you Mr. JAMES AGBEREBI for your article and because Aston Villa, Newcastle, Levercusen, Liverpool, and Inter Milan slipped at the end pole, you feel Leicester MAY slip up in the EPL title race. Of course nobody can precisely predict how the league will end but we can guess how it will end looking at the remaining 6 fixtures and other factors.  1) Remaining fixtures favors Leicester more than Tottenham- LEICESTER- Sunderland(away- win); West Ham(home- win); Swansea(h-win); Man Utd(a-draw); Everton(h-win); Chelsea(a-draw)= 11 points. TOTTENHAM- Man Utd(h-draw); Stoke(a-draw); West Brom(h-win); Chelsea(a-draw); Southamton(a-draw); Newcastle(a-win)= 8 points. I am not considering Arsenal and Man City/Man Utd/West Ham. They may catch Tottemhan but definitely not Leicester. 2) They have a very experienced coach Mr. Claudio Renieri who was just named the Italy coach of the year. Yesterday. He has passed through this pressure before but he intend to bring all his experience to bear so that it will not turn out like before where he 'nearly cannot kill a bird" in Roma and Juventus. He is a motivating factor and a respected fellow in Leicester town. Do you know that the coach has a bonus of $100,000 for every improved stand on the table. If they end the league at 17th, he has $100,000, 18th- 200000 and so on. As it is now, he has $1,800,000. He has a reason to end the league on top.3). Leicester's squad as you called them are "journeymen and unknown." No wahala. So far they have lost just 3 matches to 2 teams (Arsenal- 2x and Liverpool-1). They are a serious bunch of soldiers, battle ready with any one that is ready to play rough. They intimidate but cannot be intimidated. These have seen battles before( eg Huth), so its not new. Do you know that John Terry had 7 Leicester players on his list he will summit to the FA as his EPL 11 of the season? Yesterday. The Goalkeeping, Defence, Midfield and Attack departments are solid. Google Drinkwater and Kenta. Drinkwater nd Vardy are part f the England squad andN'gOLO Kante is of the French National team.4) They have a fan base that is so loud that it either intimidate you or irritate you. Whichever, it goes to support the fact that the fans are the 12th player. Sometmes they will still be singing 15 minutes after the match have ended and the stadium is empty. This at away match! The noise in their home match is just unbearable. Leicester players love it because they know its for them. All their home matches, the management place clapper boards on the homeside seats. It has been working and it will work until the end of the league.5) They have a chairman Mr. Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, that loves football. He is doing everything to motivate them. His son is the vice-chairman who also love soccer.Other factors are- the whole world are praying for them to win, the EPL refs want them to win and they are being treated like champions already by refs, they have been invited to join the Internation club championship later in American, many of the players are already having deals from the 5 major leagues and winning the league will boost their buying price.Mr. Jame I have a strong belief that Leicester will nick it. I am a neutral but I just love their football. I have said I will not support them next season if they fall below 3rd position. Lets watch and see how it pans out. ♦♦

  2. Win or lose, Leicester City is already a success story this season! Anyone who knows football will attest to it that Leicester City has exceeded everyone's expectation and they are guaranteed Champion's League football next season come what may.

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