It’s the Battle of the Blues

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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A Thirteen Place Difference: Unlucky for Some

What another fantastic weekend for the Foxes; Jamie Vardy is now the official record holder for most goals scored in consecutive Premier League games and he has firmly put himself and LCFC on the map. Add to that the performance against one of the World’s most revered teams resulting in a point from the second of our games against the ‘Big Six’ and you can understand why Leicester City’s fans keep on chanting.

We were the better team on the day; we took the lead; we frustrated Manchester United’s stars and we showed ourselves as the exciting, dominant team that we have become. I don’t think any Foxes fan will have come away disappointed.

What I love is Claudio Ranieri’s continued modesty. His team are smashing the Premier League at the moment but his aim remains the same: to stay up for another season. I am really pleased for the owners too. Two years of work is paying dividends. They have put in solid foundations and built a real “team” that has allowed the emergence of the likes of Vardy and Riyad Mahrez – another absolutely scintillating player to watch. We are getting a lot of attention again as a club but this year it is for all the right reasons.

And still the team look like they are loving every moment. They are happy and relaxed going into every game and you can see the confidence and camaraderie between them. It is absolutely fantastic to watch.

The next few games will not be easy but they also present further opportunities to cement our place near the top of the league. Swansea City this weekend and Chelsea the next – both clubs struggling with their performances this season – while Manchester City are suffering some key injuries which could affect their competitiveness come the last game of 2015. Liverpool will be tough on Boxing Day but again they are no longer a team we need to be intimidated by. Given our current form, if we go into the holiday period prepared and keep our composure and professionalism, the Foxes could grant the Christmas wishes of fans everywhere.

Heading into January, I wouldn’t be surprised if we spend some money in the transfer window. We need to ensure we have the strongest cover up front so we can keep this dream season very much a reality. I think we will definitely see some interest for Vardy from elsewhere, with rumours already circulating about the likes of Chelsea eyeing up the Premier League’s top performer, but I wouldn’t underestimate the power of LCFC’s owners. They wouldn’t lose him easily and they will be preparing themselves to defend any threats to our dream team.

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