Leicester City are in serious trouble and could become the first league champions since Manchester City in 1938 to be relegated.
A clash between rival managers sparked a free-for-all between players and coaching staff of Huddersfield and Leeds at the end of a Yorkshire derby in the second-tier League Championship. Their 21 points from 24 league games represents the lowest ever return for the defending English top flight champions at this stage of a season.
Claudio Ranieri’s side are 16th in the Premier League after their 3-0 defeat to Manchester United last Sunday, and just a point above the relegation zone.
Jose Mourinho’s men had seen Arsenal and Liverpool lose on Saturday, and took full advantage thanks to goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Juan Mata.
“I think we deserved more away at Stoke and against Hull at home, so I think we are in a good moment”.
The club endured the most successful year in their history last season as The Foxes managed to conjure up the unthinkable and were crowned as Premier League champions, with the likes of Jamie Vardy, N’Golo Kante and Riyhad Mahrez becoming key parts in their campaign.
Goal-line technology would rule out such an error these days, but other decisions could easily go for or against Leicester on the final day of the season this year.
“When we are playing football, one-two passes are very easy no matter which position”, Mkhitaryan told Sky Sports.
Ranieri, who is starting to come under criticism, has tried different formations and different players but to no avail. As a result, he would rather play for a club where he is valued rather than fighting for a place on the bench under a manager who does not think highly of him.
United now lie sixth in the Premier League table, 14 points behind leaders Chelsea with 14 games to play.
The 19-year-old Brazilian again started ahead of the Argentine and turned in another eye-catching performance full of vim and vigour that culminated with a stoppage-time victor.
As Miguel Delaney of The Independent, noted: “Clearly, Martial hasn’t yet completely immersed himself in Mourinho’s method of management in the way the Portuguese’s best players have; in the way that has really fired Mourinho’s best teams”. In short, it will be less pursuing of talent and more taking it when it’s offered, but only if it’s worth it.
“For me the main objective is to help my team win, do the best and afterwards we will see what happens”.
“I got into the team so quickly”.