What is next for Leicester City?


Leicester City won the English Premier League title for the first time in its 132 years of existence and the celebrations in Leicester lasted from the night of the 2nd of May when Chelsea and Tottenham played a 2-2 draw which denied Tottenham to continue the title race until the trophy parade on the 16 of May when after the final match of the season against Chelsea which ended in a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge the team returned to Leicester to participate in the champions parade which was the biggest in club’s history.After the EPL trophy was handed after the match against Eventon at home and after the champions parade after the match against Chelsea,while some of the players and staff are still recovering from the celebrations,the question is what is next for the club?Will the club retain its key players in Vardy,Mahrez and Kante and manager Claudio Ranieri and use the winning of the EPL title to further strengh the squad and build a deep bench which is needed for next season since it will compete in the UEFA Champions League or piece by piece the club will fall apart and go to the way of VFB Stuttgart which after winning its 5th Bundesliga title in 2007 fell apart every single year since then and in 2016 has been relegated to the 2.Bundesliga for the first time in 41 years.This is a crucial question for Leicester City since it is now in uncharted territory and the club must define its direction from next season and not to be a one-hit wonder.There is a real danger right now that N’Golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez that besides after winning the title with Leicester and picking numerous player awards might leave the club for much wealthier clubs like Arsenal,Vardy who scored 24 goals in the season and by a single goal was behind from the Golden Boot winner Harry Kane has a release clause in its contract where a club can offer only 20 million pounds to be released from Leicester and clubs like Manchester United,Chelsea and West Ham are swimming around Vardy besides that he signed a contract extension which will keep him to the club by the summer of 2019.While Claudio Ranieri,the Italian journeyman who made a dream come to true for Leicester has expressed his wish to return to Italy and take over the Italian national team,with the officials from the Italian Football Association calling Ranieri to return home besides that he signed a three-year contract with the club.So now that Leicester has won the EPL everyone like sharks is smelling blood in the water and wants a piece of the team which wrote one of the biggest football fairytales of all time and this is now a dangerous period for Leicester City because most of the fans who cheer for the club don’t want to go back in obscurity and they want a golden era to happen,the same is for the Srivaddhanaprabha brothers who own Leicester and who don’t want to see the whole thing falling apart.After writing one of the biggest football fairtytale stories of all time nothing will be the same ever again for Leicester City,but the club can use the win of the EPL title as a springboard to be successful club.In 2006 for the first time in its history Sevilla won the UEFA Cup (from the 2009-10 the UEFA Europe League) and in the last decade it won four more times (including in the 2015-16 season) while in the La Liga eight top five finishes which included a 3rd place finish in the 2006-07 season and won the Copa Del Rey twice (2006-07 and 2009-10),Borussia Dortmund which had a glory period in the 1990s which culminated by winning the Champions League in 1997 against Juventus in the final after experiencing a crisis in the 2000s under current Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp who guided Dortmund to two Bundesliga titles,a German Cup title and a Champions League final against Bayern Munich which they lost three years ago,but the club used the winning of the Bundesliga title in the 2010-11 season which was their first in a decade as a springboard to return to the football map of Germany and Europe and besides that Bayern dominates the Bundesliga and besides the departure of Jurgen Klopp to Liverpool,Borussia Dortmund under Thomas Tuchel continues to be a force in German and European football.Leicester City can learn a lot from Sevilla and Dortmund,but more from Dortmund since it is much more successful both in Germany and in Europe of how to use of winning a domestic title as a springboard for future successes and how to run a club on a budget and continue to achieve successes.Or it can use a much preferable route where it can keep the core of players with whom won the EPL title and start building a much deeper bench which in the following season is a must since the club will be competing in Europe besides in domestic competitions and a deep bench with new players will be needed.And its up to Leicester City to start its own golden era in club’s history.


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