Once upon a time, existed teams like Manchester united, Liverpool, Arsenal and even the one I loved the most, Chelsea. They dominated, th...
Once upon a time, existed teams like Manchester united, Liverpool, Arsenal and even the one I loved the most, Chelsea. They dominated, they won titles and titles until Leicester city came and things changed.
Now I hear the most mentioned names by the football fans are Leicester city, Tottenham... ooh..! wait a minute... Did I here Arsenal..? Excuse me, did someone mention Manchester...? I hope they are talking about the City or they are just united to sing Glory Glory United for the champions Leicester City.
As I’m writing this, Leicester city are the new Premier League Champions for 2015/2016.
Leicester City’s Premier League title dream became reality as no one thought they could win it as they are just the underdogs, but they shocked the world.
Another EPL history has been made — but there are lessons we can learn from it.
Here are 8 life lessons you can learn from Leicester’s success:
1. MONEY IS NOT EVERYTHING
One of the major key in Leicester city success this season is the Value of money. What we can learn here is that, a lack of resources is not an excuse for not giving it your best shot to achieve your goals.
You may have a small budget but, to succeed, what you need is a big heart and a well thought-out plan.
Well, we all know Leicester’s budget was only a fraction of their EPL rivals but, through meticulous planning and smart signings, they managed to make every single penny spent work and are able to punch well above their weight.
Leicester squad cost compared to Man City, Tottenham and Arsenal
Leicester's most expensive signing is a mere £10 million.
- Kasper Schmeichel - £2m
- Danny Simpson - £2m
- Robert Huth - £3m
- Wes Morgan - £1m
- Christian Fuchs - Free
- Marcin Wasilewski - Free
- Marc Albrighton - Free
- Danny Drinkwater - £1m
- N'Golo Kante - £5.6m
- Riyad Mahrez - £400,000
- Shinji Okazaki - £7m
- Jamie Vardy - £1m
- Mark Schwarzer - Free
- Jeffrey Schlupp - Free
- Demarai Gray - £3.8m
- Andrej Kramaric - £7m
- Yohan Benalouane - £5.6m
- Andy King - Free
- Gokhan Inler - £5m
- Leonardo Ulloa - £10m
2. TALENT WITHOUT HARD WORK IS NOTHING
Leicester’s success is proof that even if you are not the most talented man in the room, you can make up for it through pure hard work. The Foxes’ title-winning squad is made up of a motley crew of Premiership rejects and lower league journeymen, built on a shoestring budget.
Compared to the likes of Sergio Aguero, Eden Hazard or Pedro Rodríguez, the Foxes are not better players but they will run anyone to the ground.
Leicester city players are known to be among the most disciplined and rigorous training teams in the EPL.
Ranieri said: “They know every movement before the movement.” They leave nothing to chance. Every move is worked out and executed as planned, almost.
Leicester City also has the fewest players sent off or who have had to miss games through suspension in the EPL.
They train and play hard, but play fair and by the rules.
I just wish Diego Costa could learn some manners from these guys..!!
4. BE YOURSELF
We are not equal, everyone has different strengths and weaknesses, so don’t try to be something that you are not.
Leicester know they are not the most technically gifted group of players, so they do not harbour the false hope that they can play the slick passing, possession football made fashionable by Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
But what they have are speed and stamina in abundance. Boasting five of the fastest players in the league, they use their sheer pace to tear opponents apart, from the first minute to the last. And they don’t stop running.
5. NEVER STOP BELIEVING IN YOURSELF
People can say whatever they want, but it is you yourself who determines whether you will be a success.
If Leicester City had listened to all the noise around them from the start, they would never have achieved the impossible.
Never mind that the team were tipped for relegation even before a ball was kicked in anger, critics were eager to write off the Foxes’ title chances when the team topped the league at Christmas.
Did Claudio Ranieri’s men listen? Of course not, it even motivated them in order to prove them wrong.
Some people didn’t even believe Leicester could win it and made a bet on it. Well, do you remember — Gary Lineker, who said he will present Match of the Day in his pants if Leicester wins title? I just wonder how he feels right now.
6. GRAB YOUR OPPORTUNITY
If a good opportunity is presented to you, take it as it won’t come around twice.
Leicester City started the league as the worst in EPL history. But the Foxes have now won the league because they were there to pounce when all the other big guns fell.
Chelsea crumbled early in the season; Manchester United continued to struggle and wished their God Father — Sir. Alex Ferguson would return to rescue them, and Manchester City was left in a spin over managerial instability and Arsenal were, well, just Arsenal.
Knowing that such “alignment of stars” will never come around again, Leicester grabbed that chance and never looked back.
Leicester’s Italian coach Claudio Ranieri, unlike many top coaches known for their flamboyance and egos, is unassuming but passionate to “serve the team” and bring out the best in them. He focused on nurturing the talent he had and taking calculated risks on players that others might have passed on.
|Wes Morgan Celebrating after scoring for Leicester|
Their team captain Wes Morgan is another example of great leadership. Apart from being the leader he has managed to score two goals for his team.
To find someone to lead, who does not crave the glamour but is dedicated to bring out the best in others, is not easy.
8. TEAM WORK
Leicester City has players who have emerged as comparable to the best: striker Jamie Vardy, the second highest scorer in the EPL up to now with 24 Goals behind Harry Kane, midfielder Riyad Mahrez the fifth highest scorer, and their best Goal keeper Kasper Schmeichel, whose saves turned matches around for his club.
Yet, none acts like superstars or prima donnas. They show by the way they play, and that they aren’t going to achieve this kind of success individually as they would together.
Leicester’s win shows that we should never underestimate the value of a true team versus a collection of talented individuals.
While these lessons make good sense for building the best sports club which can win titles, they are equally relevant for building a successful business or a progressive nation and even a great life.
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