Opinion Off the Ball

Monday 18 December 2017

Joe Molloy: Leicester miracle becomes serious possibility

Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez celebrates after scoring against Manchester City. Photo: PA
Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez celebrates after scoring against Manchester City. Photo: PA

Joe Molloy

So this Leicester City business is getting serious now. A few weeks ago, after Arsenal's limp loss to Chelsea, I bemoaned the creeping inevitability that Manchester City would win the title in a finale ill-befitting this most erratic of seasons. I also mentioned in passing that pretty soon this Leicester threat would have to be taken seriously, but not quite yet. How could you?

Even now it feels a touch romantic to fully accept their favourites' tag. We still want this story to happen, more than we expect it to; two decades of Premier League football have demonstrated very clearly that money wins out, particularly over the course of a 38-game season.

And yet we are 25 games in and must surely be passing the point of quirky happenings or unsustainable form.

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