Cup games are a bit different. Plus I support the Portuguese NT
and that game against Greece still gives me nightmares.
I mean, fair play to the Greeks, but the way they parked the bus in that tournament eventually caused a disgusting wave of defensive football across Europe. For teams it became a way to win trophies, and that ruined a lot for me.
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I sure dont want to take away anything from Leicester's amazing achievement because they have been very good, but IMO they have been helped by all the big teams slipping up here and there, just like Spurs did against West Brom. I think Spurs went on to the pitch thinking they were going to win, they dominated the first half, they could/should have been up 2, 3 or 4 and the fact that they weren't, the pressure of having to win plus West Brom came out a different team I think really got to them. Whereas Leicester have systematically taken their chances and not given up anything.
Yeah, I agree it's pretty shocking what the others have shown this season. Chelsea as title defenders were absolute garbage. I'm sure they're happy Leicester are doing well because otherwise the negative focus would be fully on them now. And poor Arsenal fans have been banging their heads against the wall too. If there was one season they could've won the league, it sure is this one. After beating Leicester in the Emirates I really thought they were up for it too, but somehow the wheels still came off.
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I would throw in Kaiserslautern in 1998. They managed to become German champion after they had just been re-promoted into the Bundesliga. Their coach was Otto Rehagel (who also won the famous 2004 European Championship with Greece).
Granted, they may not have had the same quality of competition that Leicester is facing this season...
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Decent call! I forgot about that Kaiserslautern team. The other ones that come close in recent history are AZ
Alkmaar, Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona and Montpellier. Louis van Gaal had a cracking season with AZ
and managed to keep Ajax and PSV below them. Kiryat Shmona was a tiny young Israeli team that managed to win it out of nowhere. And Olivier Giroud's Montpellier managed to stay ahead of a PSG that was just taken over by their new rich owner and still were in the process of building up the squad. The main difference with Leicester is that nobody outside the countries of those 3 teams really bothered about them. Leicester has been in the international spotlight for months now and it's really impressive how they just kept going.