‘Champion→Championship’ after 7 years… ‘Cruel Fairy Tale’ ‘7 Reasons Why’ Leicester’s Downfall
Leicester City, which gave hope by winning like a fairy tale seven years ago, is in danger of being relegated to the English Championship (second division).
Leicester was defeated 0-3 by Liverpool in the 36th round of the English Premier League (EPL) in the 2022-23 season held at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, England on the 16th at 4:00 am (Korean time). Leicester stayed in 19th place (30 points) in the league and the possibility of relegation increased.
It was a helpless defeat. Leicester tried to lead the game through forward pressure from the first half, but their organization was sloppy compared to Liverpool. They collapsed in the middle of the first half, allowing Curtis Jones a series of goals, and in the second half, they were helpless and conceded a point to Liverpool.
The rest of the schedule is also tough. After meeting Newcastle United, who are competing for the European Football Federation (UEFA) Champions League (UCL), they will face West Ham United in the final game. It is impossible to escape relegation on your own as there is no direct confrontation with remaining competitors such as Leeds United, Everton, and Nottingham Forest.
It is a sudden downfall. Leicester, who won the EPL like a fairy tale in the 2015-16 season, seemed to solidify their position as a ‘new prestigious’ by taking 5th place in a row in the 2019-20 season and the following season. But this season’s downfall could put all those hopes to rest.
It didn’t happen for a simple reason. Britain’s ‘Sky Sports’ 메이저놀이터 analyzed Leicester’s relegation crisis on the 16th and picked a total of seven reasons.
Recruitment failure and related financial problems played a role. Since last season, Leicester have spent more than £50m to sign Patson Dhaka, Boubacar Soumare, Yannick Westergaard, Ryan Butland, Harry Souta, Bout Pas, Tete and Victor Christiansen. used no success Still, payroll spending remains high in the Premier League, with a record loss of £92.5m in March.
Lack of leadership and loss of sense of purpose were also cited as reasons. Kasper Schmeichel, who had been with the team in its golden age, left, and the current captain, Johnny Evans, and mental support, Jamie Vardy, could not play many games due to injuries. In the absence of leadership, Leicester had to go through a goalless season with a number of expiring contracts (Chalar Soyunjwi, Daniel Amati, Yuri Thielemans and seven others).