With the first home game of the season in just 2 weeks, the spring has not been all that quiet for Leicester City FC; but hopes are high for the new season and I for one, cannot wait to get back to the club and see how the premiership unfolds this year.
After Pearson’s exit during the summer, the club welcomes Claudio Ranieri on a three-year deal to take the reins; bringing with him an impressive heritage, following a successful four years with Chelsea (2000-2004) and spells with international giants Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid, Roma and Valencia.
Ranieri has been at pre-season training in Austria with the team for the past week and, a man known for his methodical and entertaining system of play it will be interesting to see which tactics he begins to apply at Leicester, and the results that ensue.
Other team news included the potential return of Esteban Cambiasso, after a one-year deal at the club last summer, during which he made 33 appearances and scored 5 goals. But, the former Inter Milan and Real Madrid player decided not to renew his contract with the club, which many fans were disappointed to hear. In an interview with the BBC, Cambiasso on his time at Leicester said, “I have lived one of the most important years of my career.” We wish him all the best wherever the next phase of his impressive career takes him.
The signing of centre-half, Robert Huth from Stoke, will be vital to this season’s success; between him and Christian Fuchs, we’ve got one hell of a defence which will help us compete against the best of the Premiership.
Goalkeeper, Kasper Schmeichel is reportedly enjoying his return to the team for pre-season training; fighting fit and raring to go, after missing some of the 2014/15 season through injury and international commitments.
The fans pre-season insight has been positive and I think we’re all just eager to get the new season underway and see what Leicester can do. I believe that the squad we now have is a recipe for success and should everything go to plan, I see no reason we cannot finish the 2015/16 season mid-table.
None of this would have been possible without the terrific support the owners have given the team, the management and the club and I think the players and fans are all greatly appreciative that they are as committed to Leicester’s success as we are.
The fans last season were amazing, always a great atmosphere and that’s just what you need on the pitch, and off it. I think we really surprised some of the Premiership last season and the fans did us proud, I’m looking forward to a great 2015/16 season.