Can the current Leicester City side better the class of 2001?

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11 points from 5 games, three wins and two draws, Leicester City's form is good by anyone's standards, and Sunday's fightback against Aston Villa was particularly impressive.

At 2-0 down and with Claudio Ranieri looking a worried man from the touchline, many, I'm sure, thought the bubble had burst and that it was the beginning of the long and hard slog that was predicted by most people in early August.

To get a win from two down with any amount of time remaining is very good going, but to do it with only 18 minutes of normal time left on the clock is nothing short of brilliant, and says an awful lot about the team. Its spirit, character and every other positive aspect and tag you can pin to a side that have achieved something as difficult as that. 


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But- and there is a 'but' - we've seen this plenty of times before where unfancied teams start the season like a 'house on fire', as John Motson would say, not least from Leicester themselves.

At the beginning of the 2000-01 season with the up and coming Peter Taylor - billed as a cert for England manager at some point in the future (which he did, but only in a caretaker capacity) - leading the way, they were top of the table at the start of October and, after fluctuating between 4th and 8th for the next two and a half months, found themselves in the top four after a 2-0 win over Liverpool on March 3rd 2001.

From there they went on to lose nine of their next ten matches, eventually finishing the season in 13th place with a poor 48 points from 38 games to their name. Five points from their first eight games the following campaign led to Taylor's sacking less than a year after they topped the table.

It ended in relegation by collecting one of the lowest points total of the modern era in the top division: a paltry 28. It shows what can happen in a short time, just like the remarkable run they went on last season and are continuing into this. 

In terms of the current side, the bubble will burst at some point - not that it means that they will be relegated, although I will still stick with that prediction for this season, and if not, next - but they are not going to finish higher than 8th. I'm sure the large majority of Leicester fans know that, but it's a great feeling to see their team second ahead of the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal.

It's nice to see a different line-up in the top four, so let's not begrudge them their moment of glory, but we see it every season. So let's enjoy this moment, and Chelsea's demise, while knowing that they both won't last.  

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