Mahrez stars as the post-Ranieri revolution continues

Now, this is the Leicester we all loved watching!

Time to stop crying over Ranieri, lads! Leicester is back to their old selves again as they fought to yet another victory in the relegation battle against Hull City.

Fans were chanting “we’ve got our Leicester back” on Saturday and it must have felt like winning the Premier League title again for the match-going Foxes fans when the referee blew the final whistle.

Riyad Mahrez secured the win for Leicester with a spectacular solo effort that reminded supporters and neutrals alike of just what the Algerian forward is capable of.

It wasn’t the best of starts for caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare as Hull took the lead through Sam Clucas, but Christian Fuchs quickly equalized after a delightful one-two moves with Jamie Vardy. Mahrez completed the turnaround before the hour mark with the aforementioned brilliant individual move, while Tom Huddlestone’s own goal rounded off what was a day to forget for Hull City and Marco Silva who are now faced with a difficult survival battle after both Crystal Palace and Swansea managed to record victories against WBA and Burnley respectively.

KANTE WHO?

Perhaps some critics were partially right to point to the N’Golo Kante factor when explaining Leicester’s difficulties this season, but in reality, no team is made up of one player or relies solely on the efforts of one individual. People seem to forget that Leicester has a quality squad which has won the Barclays Premier League the previous season in a spectacular fashion, recording only three defeats in 38 matches.

It is now slowly becoming apparent that Leicester’s struggles were mostly associated with the club’s management and the assumptions that N’Golo Kante, as brilliant as he is, has won Leicester City the title and especially that he is winning Chelsea FC the title all by himself, are wrong. If anything, it’s unfair to the likes of Riyad Mahrez, who won the Player of the Year last season, Jamie Vardy who has had a spectacular goalscoring campaign and to Mr. Ranieri himself to give N’Golo Kante so much credit.

Leicester plays their next game against Sevilla at the King Power Stadium and we hope to see England’s finest from 2016 progress through to the next round and possibly gift another beautiful football story to the world.

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About Filip Jakjimoski

Filip Jakjimoski is a soccer writer and an aspiring soccer coach from Skopje, Macedonia. As a lifelong Barclays Premier League fan he mostly covers the English top tier, giving news, match previews and tactical analysis. His pieces have been published in numerous local sport sites.

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