08hughes-superJumbo.jpg

Global Soccer: A Sly Fox Helps Leicester City’s Odds for a Dream Season

Photo

Fernando Reges, right, a Manchester City midfielder, heading the ball toward the goal in City’s 3-1 loss at home to Leicester City, which remained in first place in the English Premier League.

Credit
Nigel Roddis/European Pressphoto Agency

LONDON — For Leicester City, every passing week seems to make the impossible dream more tangible.

The team that was stone last in England’s Premier League 12 months ago now is in first, five or more points ahead of all the so-called big clubs.

In a downpour of torrential rain on Saturday, Leicester defeated Manchester City, 3-1, on Manchester’s home turf, and the bookmakers slashed the odds, making them the favorites to win the title when the season ends in May. Once, they were a 5,000-to-1 long shot.

“I don’t believe bookmakers,” said Leicester Coach Claudio Ranieri. “The bookmakers said at the beginning of the season that Ranieri would be the first to be sacked.”

And he smiled — an enigmatic smile that…

Read Story

Translate »