Leicester City's title triumph could severely damage English football in European competition

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If anyone claims they truly believed Leicester City would be top of the Premier League with seven games remaining, they're lying.

It's been quite remarkable to see a lesser side compared to the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City grind out the results they have and maintain form under pressure.

Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez have been superb and clinical going forward, N'Golo Kante is undoubtedly a candidate for signing of the season and a solid defence led by Robert Huth and captain Wes Morgan has helped steer the Foxes to unimaginable heights.


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What they - and manager Claudio Ranieri - have managed so far this campaign is phenomenal, unprecedented and quite frankly ridiculous when you consider the strength and finances belonging to the Premier League's traditional powerhouses.

It's far from uncommon to see an unusual name at England's peak after a few games, but for Leicester to be sat top and five points clear of their nearest challengers after 31 games has caught each and every football fan by surprise.

Leicester winning the Premier League title will come as the biggest shock in English football history, but the question remains: will it actually benefit English football? The answer, arguably, is no.

Whilst the Foxes' title bid has captured the attention of many, is it really a good sign of things to come  that England's elite are struggling to keep up with a side who were favourites for relegation at the beginning of the season?

Chelsea were simply appalling during the first 20 games of the season, Manchester United much the same, City have been terribly inconsistent, Liverpool are in transition and Arsenal and Tottenham have been handed several chances to close the gap but choked at key moments.

The Premier League is filled with talent and there's frankly no excuse for Leicester to be cruising away with the title. Yes, they've been excellent, but they're far from dominant and far from a world-class outfit.

This season's eventual champions will likely finish on the lowest ever winning points total and that only serves to reflect the lack of quality shown by England's supposed elite.

The very same can be said in the Champions League, with Arsenal, United, City and Chelsea all struggling in recent seasons to establish any kind of dominance on Europe's biggest stage, so much so that England's fourth spot is at threat.

However, Leicester's inclusion next season will only increase the gulf in class between English sides and Europe's powerhouses, such as Bayern Munich and Barcelona, and potentially prove to be the killer blow in losing the fourth Champions League spot.

Leicester's rise and success has been a great underdog story, but it only serves to prove the standard of the Premier League is not all that it is built up to be and the popular narrative of competitiveness means best needs to stop.

Therefore, in the best interest of English football, fans should hope that Leicester don't win the Premier League - or better yet, those below catch up and nudge them into a Europa League spot. Wishful thinking at its finest.

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