Having lost so narrowly (and in such heartbreaking circumstances) to Arsenal in their last league fixture, Leicester’s title ambitions might have been expected to take a knock. In the face of such a setback, and without title-chasing experience, could Leicester rebound from their Emirates defeat?
The answer? Yes. In beating Norwich today they showed two qualities needed by champions. The first is the aforementioned post-agonisingly-close-defeat in circumstances like at Arsenal. Victory means Leicester remain top of the Premier League for at least one more week, having reestablished a five-point gap over Spurs and Arsenal (who both play tomorrow). The second key quality shown today is that they won without being very good – they dug deep to beat Norwich, ultimately snatching a win that was probably undeserved – but they won’t care about that.
Next up for Leicester is another home game, against West Bromwich Albion. West Brom are having a mediocre season but shouldn’t be underestimated, and after that the Foxes travel to Watford, who are having a pretty good season in their own right. Whilst the league leaders have the easier run-in (and no other commitments to distract them), things are by no means certain. I hope they can continue to win – we shall see.