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Leicester City Continue Their Great Run Of Form

Sunday 19th March 2017
After an awkward decision regarding the sacking of manager Claudio Ranieri, Leicester has found their true form again. With Craig Shakespeare as the new boss, things have been turned around instantly.

The Foxes weren't managing to score many goals under Ranieri this season and it was proving to be a difficult time for the club. But since appointing Craig Shakespeare, Leicester have won their last 4 games in a row.

They beat Liverpool 3-1 and Hull City 3-1, both at home. Then they played Sevilla in the second leg of the last 16 in the Champions League. Leicester managed to win this 2-0 and scrape themselves through to the quarter-finals where they will play Atletico Madrid.
This weekend, Leicester played West Ham at the Olympic Stadium. After just seven minutes they were 2-0 up thanks to Riyad Mahrez and Robert Huth. West Ham struck back with a goal from Manuel Lanzini before Jamie Vardy made it 3-1 on 38 minutes.

The second half only saw one goal which Andre Ayew managed to score for West Ham but it wasn't enough for the Hammers and Leicester won 3-2. They have now won an impressive four games in a row. Within this time span, they have scored 11 goals in the 4 games. This was what they were struggling with before and it seems to be working in their favour now.

So with the Foxes back in form, they could probably survive this season under the realm of Craig Shakespeare. Players have got themselves on the scoresheet such as Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez who are key players when it comes to big games.
Leicester now sees themselves 6 points off the drop with 10 games left to play. Their upcoming games are against Stoke City and Sunderland; both at the King Power stadium. These two matches are vital for Leicester and it's key to pick up important points. With their current form, I'm certain Leicester will take advantage of the situation.

A lot of people don't agree with how Ranieri's sacking occurred and how it was dealt. As many football fans are aware, for someone to win the Premier League with a team like Leicester to get sacked the following season because of great expectation just isn't correct in many people's minds.

But bring in Craig Shakespeare. A man who is probably perfect for the job as he was Ranieri's, right-hand man. Shakespeare had his first spell as an assistant manager at Leicester back in 2008. He was assistant to Nigel Pearson. Until 2010 both of them departed to join Hull City. Eventually, they both ended back up at Leicester.

What many people may not know is that Shakespeare actually took a coaching role in the England setup when Sam Allardyce was appointed England Manager. This was alongside being the assistant manager at Leicester. He didn't last long as he quit after Allardyce resigned.
Craig Shakespeare basically knows his Leicester side on the back of his hand. Having been at the club for numerous years he has knowledge of every aspect of the club. He already knows player personalities, relations with the board and chairman. Every little important bit of chemistry between staff and players is key for Shakespeare's success and he has built that reputation over the years.

I believe that yes, Ranieri's sacking was not dealt with in a good manner at all. But, the decision to appoint Shakespeare was probably the best option. With Shakespeare in charge, I believe that Leicester can survive relegation this season.
Jamie Kynaston

For my sins, I'm a season ticket holder at Stoke City, I have been proud to watch them for over 20 years. I follow most of the UK leagues and the major European ones too, and I've been told that I talk way too much about football.

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