HITC speaks to Leicester City fan Charlie Carmichael, who's been a supporter for 20 years.
General view inside the King Power Stadium before the match
Q: What have you made of your team’s start to the season?
A: It’s been a tale of two stories. Seeing Champions League football at the King Power has been a surreal experience and one I will always cherish. Having qualified top of the group it looks like our fairy-tale has at least one more chapter left. On the other hand, results in the league have been less than impressive.
Q: What are your opinions on your manager?
A: Held in near Demi-God status by fans after last season heroics, it will serve him well for time should Leicester’s league form not pick up. Having changed his reputation as the ‘Tinkerman’ last year, I feel it may be time to slip back into old habits in regards to rotation and formation changes with the increased fixture list.
Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri
Q: What are your views on the board?
A: The best in the country. Scoffed at for aspiring to get into Europe within 3 seasons and they did it in 2. They’ve brought their own traditions to the club through their Thai heritage whilst maintaining a strong understanding for the ethos of the club. Not to mention all the free giveaways for fans on match day!
Q: Who is your favourite current player?
A: Kasper Schmeichel. Epitomises the fans passion for the club on the pitch. A great communicator and an even better shot-stopper.
Leicester City's Kasper Schmeichel
Q: Who is your favourite ever player?
A: In my early years Muzzy Izzet was an exceptional player. Looking further forward, Matty Fryatt was the man that fired us back into the Championship at the clubs lowest point and for that I’m forever grateful. I’ll always have a soft spot for Liam Moore as well, he’s one of our own.
Q: What has been your best memory of the club?
A: It’s impossible to look past seeing us lift the title against Everton last season. Previous league titles in League 1 and the Championship along with the Worthington Cup were special, but nothing will top that.
Leicester City - Premier League Title Winners Parade
Q: What has been your most disappointing moment?
A: Getting relegated to League 1 after a 0-0 draw with Stoke which subsequently saw them promoted was horrible, but the cries of ‘DEENEY!’ after ‘that goal’ was the hardest thing to take.
Q: What has been your most shocking moment?
A: It would have to be that break away Deeney goal after Knockaert’s penalty miss again, but in terms of a positive, beating Manchester United 5-3 at home a couple of years back was special.
Q: Describe the best goal you ever saw at your club’s home ground
A: Undoubtedly Paul Gallagher’s second against Crystal Palace at home in 2011. Move over Steven Gerrard, you won’t see a sweeter strike.
Q: Which ground is your favourite away day?
A: Elland Road for me. Leeds know how to create an atmosphere.
Q: Who do you consider to be the club’s biggest rival and why?
A: Traditionally Nottingham Forest. However, having gone to school near Coventry and having been ridiculed profusely upon our relegation to the third tier, I’d have to say it’s the Sky Blues for me personally.
Q: Who do you feel has been the club’s best and worst summer signing?
A: Painfully, it’s difficult to select a best as they’ve all been rather underwhelming. Islam Slimani has impressed the most however his hold up play needs work. Worst has to be Ron-Robert Zieler, his organisation of our defence is shocking and his all round game play hasn’t filled me with confidence either!
Leicester City's Islam Slimani in action
Q: Who is your one player to watch out for this season?
A: Demarai Gray. Sublimely talented and held in high regard by other players. Deserves more of a shot in the first team with Albrighton and Mahrez under-performing.
Q: Is there a particular youth player that excites you, and why?
A: Ben Chilwell. He’s risen through the academy ranks and has been scouted by Arsenal and Liverpool. Composed on the ball and looks to be Christian Fuchs’ successor.
Leicester City's Ben Chilwell in action against Manchester City's Isaac Buckley Ricketts (L)
Q: Where do you think the club will look to strengthen in January?
A: Central midfield. With Nampalys Mendy having been injured nearly all season thus far saying we miss Kante is an understatement. A striker wouldn’t go amiss either with Vardy struggling for form.
Q: Finally, what are your aims for this season, and where do you think your club will finish?
A: To comfortably avoid relegation and push on for a mid-table finish. Providing we get a favourable draw in the Champions League, a quarter-final appearance would be a dream also. I think we’ll finish between 12th and 16th.
Other comments –
To those who mocked our Champions League group for the standard of teams we’ve faced- that’s a right of privilege through winning the league. If other top clubs wanted an ‘easy ride’ then maybe they should have put up more of a challenge for the title!
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