Leicester City’s Horror Start To 2017 Continues, Manager Claudio Ranieri Under Fire

Leicester City FC’s headline-grabbing rollercoaster time in the top flight of English football is coming under serious threat.

The Foxes who played out a foolish dream of winning the English Premier League in 2016 have been put in a tight corner as they find themselves in a relegation scrap.

Ranieri’s men are just one point above the relegation zone following Sunday’s 2-0 defeat at Swansea.

The defending champions have had a horrible start to 2017 where they have had a problem finding the back of the net but have conceded 12 times.

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They are the only side in the top four English divisions to be without a league goal in 2017. They also have the unfortunate statistic of being the first reigning champions to lose five consecutive top-flight matches since Chelsea in 1956.

Leicester City’s poor string of performances could easily be attributed to the decline in the performance of its star players like Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez.

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The two players, who lit up the league last season, have been a shadow of themselves this year. It also does not help that the new big money signings brought into the team have failed to make an impact.

Speaking after the loss to Swansea, Foxes manager Claudio Ranieri said he was now considering making remarkable changes to his team.

“It is difficult when you achieve something so good you want to give them one chance, two chances, three chances. Maybe now, it is too much.”

The Italian manager stuck with the vast majority of the players that starred last season believing they were capable of turning the tide.

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He admitted to have had a soft spot for them but reaffirmed that there would be changes despite their previous achievements.

“Now there are a few matches in front of us so we have to find a solution very, very soon. There are two matches in front of us, one in the FA Cup and one in the Champions League but our mind is on the Premier League.

“I think the strength of the man is to have the right balance. Not to be so high when you win; not to be so down when you lose. You can remember what we did last season but you need to stay with your feet on the ground and say we have to react together.”

The Leicester City owners and board have given Ranieri a vote of confidence. His heroics from last season should surely buy him time to stir the ship seeing that the main reason for his appointment was to help the team stay clear of relegation.

The Foxes will be facing League One side Millwall in next weekend’s fifth-round FA Cup tie before a trip to Spanish title contenders Sevilla in the round of sixteen of the Champions League.

Leicester City could well be at the bottom of the standings by the time they resume domestic league duties against Liverpool.

The team would be hoping to put together a string of victories that will keep them from being the first defending champions to get relegated the next season.