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ISL 2018-19: Chennaiyin FC's season of lows - 5 League Champions who finished near Bottom the next season

  • Chennaiyin FC in bottom - the first time the defending champions finish last. #HeroISL #IndianFootball #HeroILeague
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Leicester City (Premier League)

Ex-Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri with goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel
Ex-Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri with goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel

Leicester City shocked the world when they romped to the Premier League title in the 2015-16 season.

Players snubbed by other teams and labelled mediocre by many scripted a fairytale under manager Claudio Ranieri to claim their first and only Premier League trophy a few years ago. Ranieri was hired by the Late Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha to save Leiciester from relation in the previous season but he went beyond his job objectives to deliver the title in the 2015-16 season with a 10-point lead over second-placed Arsenal after 38 games.

Leicester couldn't maintain that spirit in the 2016-17 season. What didn't help matters is that core team player N'Golo Kante left and star striker Jamie Vardy couldn't find his feet in the 2016-17 season. 

By November 2016, Leicester were just 2 points off the relegation zone in the Premier League, losing 6 of their opening 12 matches. Ranieri was sacked in February 2017 and interim manager Craig Shakespeare managed to help Leicester finish 12th by the end of the season.

While Leicester had 81 points in the 2015-16 season, they only had almost half of that, 44, with 12 wins, 8 draws and 18 losses. When Ranieri was fired, Leicester had only 21 points and were 17th on the table after 25 games. Shakespeare helped Leicester avoid shame and relegation by claiming 23 points from the last 13 games.

Published 01 Mar 2019, 15:19 IST
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