Football - Manchester City v Leicester City - Barclays Premier League - Etihad Stadium - 6/2/16
Leicester City's Marc Albrighton celebrates their third goal
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Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would write those six words.
But after dismantling one of the most expensively assembled sides in the world on Saturday, those six words are now on the lips of the footballing world.
I was in the away end at the Etihad at the weekend, and I can honestly say that over the 15 years I have been watching the Foxes, I have never felt the emotion that I did when that full time whistle blew.
That feeling of pride when your local team puts in an away performance like that is difficult to put into words.
I could talk about Saturday’s game for hours, and believe me I have, but that’s not why I’m writing this blog. I want to look forward and explain why Leicester CAN complete the fairy tale and win the Premier League.
I’ll start by putting to bed the claims that we will cave in to the pressure of a title race.
What pressure? That’s my question.
Our pressure was at the start of the season, we had to reach 40 points to guarantee survival. That was our goal and we accomplished it.
What’s happening now is merely an added bonus, we aren’t expected to be where we are so we’re just enjoying the ride. That’s the difference between us and the likes of Man City and Arsenal. Their objective is to win the league, so the pressure quite clearly lies with them.
Plus, we are out of all cup competitions so our focus is completely on the league. The same can’t be said for our title rivals, who still have the Capital One Cup, the FA Cup, the Champions League and the Europa League all to deal with. Ranieri’s men have the advantage of spending their week nights with their feet up watching their title rivals use up more valuable fuel.
Add to that the fact that many of the current crop have already experienced a title win two years ago in the Championship, there are more than enough reasons for Leicester fans to be getting excited.