Is the ‘Leicester Fairy Tale’ over? 2nd Champion Demotion Visible
Will Leicester City’s fairy tale end like this? With Leicester thrashing Liverpool, relegation is on the horizon. If this continues, the second case will be recorded of a team that experienced the English Premier League (EPL) champion following Blackburn Rovers falling to the league championship (Part 2).
Leicester allowed안전놀이터 Mohamed Salah’s three assists and Curtis Jones’ multi-goal in the 2022-2023 EPL round 36 home game against Liverpool held at Leicester’s King Power Stadium on the 16th (Korean time) and lost 0-3.
Leicester conceded consecutive goals to Jones in the 33rd and 36th minutes of the first half, and then scored a key goal from Trent Alexander-Arnold in the 26th minute of the second half.
Leicester, who saw their hopes of staying in a 2-1 home win against Wolverhampton Wanderers, failed to win the following four games. They failed to raise the rankings by drawing all matches with Leeds United and Everton, who are competing in the relegation zone.
In the end, Leicester lost to Fulham 3-5 after exchanging 8 goals in an away game in the 35th round, and lost 3-5 against Liverpool, giving up 3 goals and collapsing.
Leicester, who had only 8 wins, 6 draws, 22 losses, and 30 points with the defeat that day, was still in 19th place, two points behind Everton (7 wins, 11 draws, 18 losses, 32 points) in 17th place. In fact, it is confirmed to the bottom and the relegation is not confirmed like Southampton (6 wins, 6 draws, 24 losses, 24 points), which was the first to hit the blade of relegation, but now with two games left, Leicester’s relegation is also approaching.
If Leicester wants to avoid relegation, they can be relieved only if they win all of their remaining two games. However, the opponent of the 37th round away game on the 23rd is Newcastle United, currently in third place. The opponent for the last game is West Ham United, which is in 15th place, so it is more likely to win than Newcastle, but it seems to be a burden because Everton and Leeds have not won either.
If Leicester can’t beat 16th place Nottingham Forest (8 wins, 10 draws, 18 losses, 34 points), Everton, and 18th place Leeds (7 wins, 10 draws, 19 losses, 31 points), they will also be unable to avoid relegation. . In this case, the team that experienced the EPL champion will taste the humiliation of being the second team to fall to the league championship (Part 2).
Blackburn Rovers is the only team to have tasted such humiliation since the EPL started in the 1992-1993 season. Blackburn won the championship in the 1994-1995 season, but were relegated after just four seasons, finishing 19th in the 1998-1999 season. In the 2000-2001 season, they finished second in Division 1 (then the second division) and were promoted, but again fell to the league championship in 19th place in the 2011-2012 season. Blackburn was also relegated to League One (third division) after finishing 22nd in the League Championship in the 2016-2017 season. Currently in the league championship.
Leicester also wrote a ‘fox fairy tale’ by reaching the top in the 2015-2016 season, just seven years ago. Leicester, who reached the top of the league championship in the 2013-2014 season and stepped on the EPL stage again after 10 years, showed off their spirit to become champions in just two seasons of promotion. At the time, he won 23 out of 38 EPL games, putting Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea all below.
Except for Blackburn, Leicester’s victory was all the more valuable because it was the top of the EPL, which only the ‘Big 4’ such as Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool enjoyed.
Even after that, Leicester did well in the EPL. Except for the 12th place in the 2016-2017 season, all of them ranked in single digits. In the 2016-2017 European Football Federation (UEFA) Champions League, it reached the quarterfinals and also participated in the UEFA Europa League in the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 seasons. In the 2021-2022 season, after finishing third in the group stage of the Europa League, he participated in the Europa Conference League and advanced to the semifinals.
However, most of the key players who led Leicester’s heyday were aging. Above all, Jamie Vardy, the leader of Leicester’s attack, is in fact on the way to retirement. Body, who was a 5th division player 11 years ago, became the team’s main striker after moving to Leicester in the 2012-2013 season. In the 2015-2016 season, when the team won the championship, he scored 24 goals and became the best player in the EPL.
Vardy has risen to the top scorer with 23 goals in the 2019-2020 season, but he is no longer perceived as a threat. He performed well with 15 goals in the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 seasons, but scored only 3 goals in 34 games this season. It is the record for the fewest goals while playing in the 11th season at Leicester. But that would be the case, and the age of the body has become 36 years old.
Leicester’s heyday, which wrote a fairy tale of becoming a champion in a promoted team, is coming to an end. The players who led the heyday have either retired one by one or are about to leave. Even if Leicester survives dramatically this season, the EPL stay is not expected to last very long. Now Leicester has to rebuild to be competitive in the EPL again.