Despite everyone saying that they would stumble over Christmas, and then in January, and then in February and so on, Leicester are still very much on course to win the Premier League.
It’s starting to feel like everyone is being pushed into wanting Leicester to win the league but I won’t be cheering when/if they do. Here’s why.
Leicester winning the league would be something of a modern fairy tale. It would be an antidote to the money flooding football and a good, maybe the best, story of the Premier League era, and so on.
In fact I don’t really see why they won’t win it beyond the fact that they’re Leicester, which isn’t a real reason. They’ve got very few games left and absolutely nothing to lose.
They have been fantastic all year and would undoubtedly deserve it. Except for Tottenham, every other potential league challenger has imploded and deserves the big pile of absolutely nothing they will get at the end of the season.
But if Leicester win the league I won’t be joining the crowds celebrating it as a victory against the immediacy of modern life or whatever it ends up being. I’ll give them a “well done” and a “fair enough” but that’s about it.
Fundamentally, I only ever want Manchester City to win the league. Obviously City’s general incompetence has made that incredibly unlikely this season but that’s no reason to suddenly jump on the Leicester bandwagon.
If they win it then they will deserve it and it will be truly incredible, but they don’t need the rest of us suddenly adopting Leicester as some sort of second team/lucky mascot.
If Leicester win the league it belongs to them and their fans. It’s nothing to do with the rest of us and attempting to latch onto their celebrations would be patronising and opportunistic.
Just leave them to it.
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Written by Alex Timperley