Leicester City have lived dangerously close to the relegation zone this season, leading to Claudio Ranieri leaving his position as manager as a result of their woeful form. The current champions' fairytale season last year saw each and every player performing to high standards, recording epic victories like the 3-1 demolition of Manchester City. However, form has been harder to come by of late. Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez have found things difficult in front of goal, and the defensive unit...
New boss Craig Shakespeare has galvanised the struggling Foxes since taking over when Ranieri left, pushing his players to a run of form which suggest the title-winning form of last season wasn’t a fluke.
They need to move from their set-backs and continue this fine streak. The winning mentality will be key against opposition they swept aside last season.
Despite their distinctly dodgy domestic form, the Foxes have progressed further than they may have dared to hope in the Champions League this season - easing into the quarter finals with a 3-2 aggregate win over Sevilla.
With Champions League football dramatically cutting down recovery time between Premier League fixtures, Leicester seem to have surrendered their league campaign for European success.
Every Leicester fan probably still pinches themselves when they hear the Champions League anthem bell out around the King Power Stadium, where they stand proud among the European elite, but the focus may have to switch until safety is secured.
Jamie Vardy and teammate Riyad Mahrez were on top of the world last season, dominating end-of-season award lists and earning big money offers from some of Europe's biggest clubs in the summer.
Since then, though...things have stalled. Mahrez is fighting to prove that he has more than one brilliant season in him, while Vardy - now the wrong side of 30 - will be looking to show that his decline is far from terminal.
Speaking after Leicester's 3-1 win over Liverpool, the first after Ranieri's sacking, defender Danny Simpson discussed Craig Shakespeare's style with the media, saying: "[He] kept it simple and told us what he wanted to do, which was simple and basic. We've done that so let's hope we can carry it on for him."
Simple. Basic. Cut out the flash, cut out the mistakes, and the rest can come.