Leicester City have found it tough in the Premier League this year after last season’s fairytale story. Defeat to Bournemouth has left them in 14th place after 16 games, just four points above the relegation zone and with less than half of current leaders Chelsea’s points total. What’s gone wrong for them this season?
Leicester City Facts
Defeat to the Cherries has only added to a poor season for the Foxes. They’ve already conceded 19 goals away from home this season – one more than they did in the whole of their Premier League winning campaign. Jamie Vardy’s recent goalscoring drought has clearly affected Leicester too, with the Foxes only having scored 21 goals in 16 games – this time last year it was 34 in 16.
It’s been 10 Premier League away games without a win for Leicester – a sequence which stretches back as far as April. This is their longest run without an away victory since they went 16 away games winless in 2003.
Leicester City Analysis
Leicester did well to hold on to the majority of their title-winning team for this season but the loss of N’Golo Kante to Chelsea has hit the Foxes hard. The Leicester defence of Robert Huth and Wes Morgan have had less protection in front of them this season, which has been reflected in the goals they’ve conceded.
Kante on the other hand has gone from strength to strength with Chelsea, and has been a major part of Antonio Conte’s tactical revolution which has seen them win nine Premier League games on the spin in a sequence dating back to the end of September.
Leicester City and the Champions League
In Europe, it’s been a different story in the main for the Foxes. Disregarding the 5-0 defeat to Porto when fielding a weakened team, Leicester have had an outstanding start to their debut season in the Champions League. They won four of their group stage games and qualified in top spot of their group with ease.
However, it might be that those additional games are partially the cause of Leicester’s problems. Trips to Portugal, Denmark and Belgium are nice for the fans and are a just reward for their Premier League triumph but the additional pressure on the depth of Leicester’s squad has meant that Claudio Ranieri has had to rotate through his players, disrupting the strong harmony of last season.
While 14th is a low position for last season’s Champions, it might be too early to completely write off their season. The 4-1 win over Manchester City showed that they can win games convincingly – especially when the opposition defence is not up to snuff. The question will be if Leicester can win enough games to keep themselves out of the relegation zone as the season progresses.