Since the squad returned from their training in Austria, we’ve had a cracking pre-season which has no doubt fuelled the team and fan’s spirits for the new season.
With three wins under our belt already we are looking forward to a very positive start to the 2015/16 season.
Judging by our performance across the last three matches, it looks as though Ranieri has, as expected, tried out different squads and formations in order to pick the best combination to take on the Premiership, and it looks as though he will stick with the 3-5-2 formation which brought us success at the end of last season and against Championship side Birmingham City last week.
With Wes Morgan returning to the back three from Jamaica, further strengthening our defence, and Schmiechel in goal, the combination should give us a force to be reckoned with for any team’s attack. I believe that we had one of the best defences in the Premiership by the end of last season, and continuing that will be fundamental to our success.
Ranieri’s new signings mean we have an abundance of quality midfielders for the squad, a bit of a selection headache for Ranieri, but an advantage for us as a team. Aside from the replacements and new squad members, I hope that there aren’t too many changes from Pearson’s end of season squad, as we managed some great performances and the team spirit was electric.
The first match of the season against Sunderland is a great opportunity to pick up three points and start the season as we mean to go on, it’s a ‘must win’ in my opinion.
Sunderland’s pre-season has been mixed and they had a tough 2014/15 season, with the arrival of Dick Advocaat saving them from relegation in the final stages of the league. Looking at the two sides, I believe we do have a better squad, although, with ex-Tottenham player Jermaine Defoe up front, he could pose a threat.
Above all, I cannot wait to get back to the stadium and meet more fans and players, and I’m hoping we will recreate the fantastic atmosphere we had last year to spur the lads on.