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Leicester City: Stan Collymore said current Leicester team is better than title-winning squad

Leicester City: Stan Collymore said current Leicester team is better than title-winning squad

Former Leicester City striker Stan Collymore believes the current side is better than the one that won the Premier League in 2015/16.

Brendan Rodgers’ men sit third in the Premier League with 23 points from their first 11 games of the season, including a staggering 9-0 victory over Southampton.

Collymore, who spent eight months with the Foxes in 2000, has been hugely impressed with the Rodgers’ side so far this season.

In his column for the Daily Mirror, he said: “Ranieri’s miracle men had passion, desire and bags of experience, but the team put together by Brendan Rodgers has more dimensions and much more creativity.

“If I’m being perfectly honest about Leicester’s title triumph, from the March onwards I felt a little uncomfortable that many opponents seemed more than happy to indulge the Foxes story. They didn’t seem hurt by losing to them.

“This team, though, will go home and away against any team in the top flight. And, when the game is over, opponents will know they have had a real game.”

Their electric start to the season is made even more impressive as they lost one of their best players in the summer, with Harry Maguire moving to Manchester United for a world-record fee for a defender.

Caglar Soyuncu has stepped into the England international’s boots and even scored his first goal for the club away at Crystal Palace on Sunday. In fact, the Turkish star is even outdoing his former teammate in terms of tackles per game (2.4 to 0.5), interceptions per game (1.6 to 1.5), clearances per game (5.5 to 4.1) and blocks over the same period (0.6 to 0.5 according to WhoScored).

Despite all of the impressive young talent in the side, Jamie Vardy is still leading the way, having scored 10 goals in 11 appearances this season.

Collymore isn’t surprised by his consistent form, he said: “I remember interviewing Vardy on the pitch after Leicester were presented with their trophy in 2016 and asking him what was next for his team. I expected him to say: ‘This is the pinnacle, it doesn’t get any better than this.’

“But instead it was more a case of: ‘Bring on Europe, there’s so much more we want.’

“I saw then the attitude that had taken him from non-League to the Premier League summit.”

The Foxes face Arsenal next at the King Power Stadium, and have the chance to go second in the Premier League before Manchester City kick-off against Liverpool. Indeed, as Collymore talks about, these are certainly exciting times in the East Midlands.

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