They are riding high at the top of the Premier League, but that hasn’t turned Leicester City’s stars turning into, well, stars.
Four players from Leicester’s table-topping team were refused entry into a London nightclub on Saturday while players from Tottenham were welcomed with open arms.
The Mirror reported that Danny Drinkwater, Andy King, Matty James and Ben Hamer were trying to celebrate Drinkwater’s 26th birthday at Mayfair club Drama, but had to step aside as Hugo Lloris, Eric Dier and Nacer Chadli entered the fancy club.
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The whole country is cheering Leicester on in their bid to upset the established order but despite Drinkwater’s heroics at the heart of midfield, Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez are the most recognisable figures from the team.
Maybe if either of those two players, who will be in the running to be crowned Player of the Year, were present, Drinkwater and co. wouldn’t have had to face the humiliation of being turned away.
Watch the moment Leicester's players are turned away
They had dressed up for the occasion, too, making it all the worse. Following a hard-fought 1-0 win over Watford, which extended their lead at the top of the table to five points, all Leicester’s players wanted was to celebrate.
They even had to stand and watch as Tottenham’s players were allowed in. The trio had a little less to celebrate following their 2-2 draw with Arsenal, in which they conceded the lead despite playing against 10 men.
Leicester’s players left in a taxi but they certainly wouldn’t trade positions with their Tottenham rivals. Lloris and co. are Leicester’s nearest challengers but the Foxes do not look like a team that will slip up.
Mahrez was the hero - not for the first time this season - as his spectacular strike sealed a win over Watford. The Algerian has now scored or assisted 26 goals in 28 league appearances.
Not bad for a player who was signed for £400,000.
Leicester had watched Tottenham fail to close the gap hours earlier. After falling 1-0 behind thanks to Aaron Ramsey’s flick, three points looked in the back for Mauricio Pochettino’s team when Francis Coquelin was sent off and Toby Alderweireld and Harry Kane swung the north London derby on its head.
However, Alexis Sanchez kept Arsenal’s title hopes alive with a late strike.
Tottenham and Arsenal keeping pace
It means that, with nine games remaining, Leicester are in the driving seat. They are helped by Tottenham and Arsenal’s FA Cup and Champions League commitments but even if the London clubs didn’t have other matters, the Foxes would still be heavy favourites to become the first team not named Chelsea, Manchester United or Manchester City to win the title since 2004.
Claudio Ranieri’s team are playing a complete brand of football that is working against teams that attack and teams that sit back and defend.
And Drinkwater, an underrated part of Leicester’s success, will be welcome to all the champagne in the world if the Foxes finish the job.