Last weekend’s trip to Wales was another huge success for the Foxes and another important three points on the board but the highlight for me, as for most of us, was the performance of Riyad Mahrez. Great for the team but also a huge achievement for him personally, securing his first hat-trick in professional football. I have been close a few times, against the likes of Watford and Millwall, but I never got that third goal, but it must have been a tremendous feeling to come away with the match ball and a very proud moment for him.
We put in a magnificent display at the Liberty Stadium and once again demonstrated our competence away from home. There are still a lot of clubs and pundits just waiting for us to slip up but we are heading into Christmas in the best position we could have hoped for and we should be in the top four entering the New Year which was unimaginable this time last year. Now we have got people talking about Champions League places and even winning the Premier League. In fact, I have a friend who every year bets £5.00 on LCFC to win and, at odds of 2500 to 1, he is praying for that become a reality as we are the closest we have ever been!
Claudio Ranieri though remains adamant about his 40 point goal and, with 32 points already in the bag after 15 games, I am confident that he will get his wish. He came in with hopes of consolidation and keeping us in the league and I think what we have achieved has probably startled even him.
Next up are Chelsea, last year’s League Champions, but this year they seem to be struggling with the Premier League: currently in 14th place and with only 2 points separating them from the relegation zone they are another team shocking the football world this year but for very different reasons. Of course the loss of their number one goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, at the very start of the season will have had a big impact and now that he is back we need to be on the ball (literally), but it is amazing to be heading into Monday’s match as favourites and I think it just shows what we have achieved so far this season.
Up to now we have had a loss and a draw from our meetings with the so-called ‘Big 6’ so it would be terrific for this to be our first win and against Ranieri’s old club! A win against Chelsea would just give us that extra edge as we continue into a month of tough competition.
For us now it is a matter of keeping up the momentum, the confidence and the enjoyment. We have the talent to achieve great things: indeed we already have and this year I honestly believe could be LCFC’s best ever.
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