They’ve lost seven and won two games in the Premier League since October 22, while they’ve not won away from home, all season. It was their impressive form on the road last term, which was a major contributor to their title success.
No one expected Leicester to mount much of a title defence, particularly considering they failed to add any significant depth to their aging centre-back options, but they do still have the chance to make this campaign similarly memorable.
Leicester City are now 15th, possibly the worst title defence since Yokozuna lost in 22 seconds at Wrestlemania IX. pic.twitter.com/na1d8fAKIL
Leicester are, of course, still in the Champions League. They took full advantage of being in a fairly hospitable group alongside Porto, Club Brugge and Copenhagen, finishing top and booking passage to the knockout phase.
Either way, Leicester were likely to come up against a side superior to themselves and perhaps they have been given a tougher draw than they would have liked against a Sevilla side giving the big boys a run for their money in La Liga.
But in a two-legged tie, Leicester will be adamant that they have a chance, particularly with the second-leg taking place at the King Power Stadium. And progression would mean the continuation of their fairytale.
All of these appalling Prem performances are going to be deemed irrelevant when Leicester City lift the Champions League trophy in May.
Many have suggested that the Champions League has been part of their issue; that European football has been a major distraction for Leicester and impacted negatively on their domestic form. Perhaps that is the case – we’ve seen it many times in the past.
Graeme Souness commented on Sky Sports after Sunday’s loss that Leicester need to – and should have right from the start of the season – focus all of their attention on the Premier League rather than European pipedreams.
But where’s the adventure in that?
Granted, if Leicester continue to focus on the Champions League it could well backfire as result in them getting relegated. But, regardless of whether they beat the drop this term, when are Leicester realistically going to get back into the Champions League?
This season has seen them effectively revert to the team many would have expected to see last term, which gives even more credence to the idea that Leicester’s wait for another Champions League appearance will be a long one.
So, with that in mind, Leicester should go all out in the Champions League and make the most of it while they can. Yes, there’s the risk that relegation will sneak up on them, but they are far more likely to bounce back at the first time of asking than to qualify for Europe’s elite competition again in the next ten years.
Maybe it’s be a risk, but if Leicester City can win the Premier League, anything is possible.
9 of football’s biggest womanisers who would make excellent wingmen
1) Ryan Giggs
Largely let-off-the-hook for some of his off-field escapades, such as having his way with his brother’s missus - and he also got a bit freaky with Imogen Thomas, apparently. Dubbed the ‘nice guy’ of football, but that’s pretty low from the ex-United man. Perhaps it’s why Jose kept him away from his back-room staff; we all know how much the 'Special One' loves his Portuguese assistant... Source: awdnews
2) John Terry
Universally hated, unless a Chelsea fan. Dubbed by the Daily Mail as a ‘serial brawler, drinker and womaniser’, which he should see as generous. Regularly placed on the chopping board due to his past with colleagues' other-halves. That famous picture of JT and Wayne Bridge, is perhaps up there with the most awkward photo to be taken in football. The allegations made against Terry, led to the then-England manager, Fabio Capello, stripping Terry from the international armband in the early stages of 2010. Source: getsurrey
3) Dwight Yorke
Oh Dwight, oh Dwight. From the heights of the Trinidad and Tobago star’s strike partnership with Andy Cole, to the not so successful relationship with page three model, Jordan. Yorke clearly rates himself, and enjoys being a ladies man. The following quote was on Yorke's time with Aston Villa: "There were some famous escapades. Some made the headlines but many didn't like the time I ended up bedding four women in 24 hours." Source: scontent
4) Antonio Cassano
A great player to sign for good value on Football Manager, but also very capable of sparking controversy - the Italian was fined by UEFA in 2012, for stating how his preference would be for ‘no gay players to be in the squad’. In spite of the homophobic comment, the Italian has still been able to marry an absolute worldie in water polo player, Carolina Marcialis. We’re still not quite sure how he managed this, with a Wikipedia page that only Joey Barton would be proud of, as well as supposedly boasting of bedding between 600 and 700 women. Source: giornalettismo
5) Francesco Totti
We all know Totti is an absolute don. So it's no surprise the Italian icon has been in a relationship with the gorgeous, Ilary Blasi. There have been some reports that the Italian has been unfaithful to the beautiful, Blasi. And although this may be true, we know that Totti would never cheat on his one-true love…Roma. Source: sempreinter
6) Ashley Cole
Football players have a bit of a reputation, as - how do we put this politely? - they aren't exactly the brightest bulbs around. Ashley Cole did his reputation no favours, by managing to cock up his relationship with Cheryl Cole. How many warnings did the then=Chelsea defender need, to stop playing around with a load of birds outside of his relationship with the beautiful, Cheryl?! Some of the lasses he was allegedly messaging couldn’t hold a candle to the Newcastle sweetheart. Source: trbimg
By all accounts it seems like Sven was absolutely useless when it came to playing football, highlighted by his time in the Swedish lower leagues. He may well be well remembered for the likes of Torsby IF and Vastra Frolunda IF, but we imagine that was more because he resembled Bambi on ice. Source: Telegraph
8) Karim Benzema
Famously dropped from France's Euro 2016 squad, after reportedly being involved in a sex scandal. Nuff said, really. Source: wallpapercave
9) George Best
The biggest womaniser in sport, let alone football. The Northern Irishman is exactly the sort of chap you'd want on any stag do. The no.7's long hair puts today's woeful man-buns to shame. The ex-United man has a quote book that could work for anyone on a dry spell, but the top of the list has to be… "If I had to choose between dribbling past 5 players and scoring from 40 yards at Anfield or shagging Miss World, it'd be a hard choice. Thankfully, I've done both.". Source: boisdalelife