Leicester are currently flying high in the Premier League.
Former football manager David Pleat has been comparing the Leicester City side of today to the Brian Clough managed Nottingham Forest side that became English and European champions at the end of the ’70s.
The 71-year-old has links to both clubs. Born in Nottingham he started his playing career with Forest. He was better known for his career in management and he managed Leicester City for three years before returning to his beloved Luton Town.
Speaking on the BBC Pleat had this to say about Leicester City’s incredible feat:
“Leicester have unbelievable spirit which comes from integrating players from less backgrounds. It is a remarkable story with shade of Nottingham Forest from 1979, they have bought players from clubs who have something to prove and they have all come into their own.
“It is quite amazing that on that wonderful run last season they built an amazing spirit of ‘we can’t be beaten’. The King Power is a fortress.
“It is amazing what they have done and it is wonderful for Ranieri and his coaching staff. Not one pundit two years ago would have agreed that any club outside of the big six in the modern game could win the tittle. No-one ever thought that.”
Leicester are currently top of the Premier League and five points clear of nearest rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the race for the title.
It is quite a remarkable story and the comparison with that historic Nottingham Forest side is being made regularly in the press.
Many however believe that Leicester’s achievement would be greater, considering the influx of foreign talent into the Premier League these days compared to when Forest conquered England and then Europe.
Pleat clearly feels it is not far off, but perhaps they will need to conquer Europe first to get the recognition they deserve.