The current scintillating form of Leicester City is pressurising a lot of the “bigger” teams in the Premier League to be very uncomfortable. Take it or leave it, Leicester City is now a major football club in Britain and there is no fluke about it. It is the culmination of careful planning and hard work from coaches, footballers, medical staff, and all support staff at the club. Feel free to name it Excellent Teamwork.
Henry Ford once said, “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” The collaborative work of the entire team at Leicester must be a major reason for their individual and collective success.
As a result, Leicester’s Danny Drinkwater received his first call-up to the England squad for the friendlies against Germany and Holland, while fellow midfielder N’Golo Kante’s form has been rewarded with his first call-up for France.
Collaboration is the process where two or more people or organisations work together to realise shared goals. It sounds like cooperation, but it is more than that. Collaboration is very similar to cooperation, and both are an opposite of competition. Teams that work collaboratively especially in problem-solving and at difficult times often achieve greater success, recognition and reward.
Leicester City was almost relegated last season to a lower league, but due to the dedication of their players they are no longer fighting for survival or against relegation but they are set to win the Premier League this season.
Manager, Claudio Ranieri was right when he predicted that Drinkwater, 26, would force his way into Roy Hogdson’s Euro 2016 squad. “Roy follows us for so many matches and maybe he wants to feel and to know him better,” he said.
Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another”
Drinkwater is like an iron to his teammates. “He is always available for his team-mates to ask for the ball, to have a personality. There is a very good partnership with Kante, they understand each other and it’s solid. I like him because when he goes into the tackle, he wins the tackle.” Said Ranieri.
He continues, “Drinky is a very solid man, a focused man. He is a fantastic character but you have to know him because he observes and doesn’t speak. When he speaks it is in the right way. I love him because he wants the best when he makes mistakes he is very angry.”
Claudio Ranieri’s men have scored six times in the final 10 minutes of five Premier League matches this season, snatching six points in the process.
Jamie Vardy’s added-time equaliser at Southampton was the latest example of City’s undeniable never-say-die spirit, which lives up to the club motto “Foxes never Quit”.
The Italian boss Ranieri who was widely tipped to struggle at the King Power (Leicester Stadium) after replacing Nigel Pearson in the summer, has led his side to the top four of the Premier League, and their form shows no sign of stopping either.
They’ll hope to maintain their spot at the top of the table by the end of the season in May.
You can argue that Leicester has not got the best of talents if compared with other top teams in the Premier League. But, “talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” according to Michael Jordan (ex-American Basketball player).
The teamwork in Leicester City is a major factor in their critical success factor and as Matt Reeves, first team sports scientist at City, says in the Leicester Mercury, it is the team behind the team that works to ensure the side are in the best physical condition come matchday.
Nothing is left to chance at the club, as Reeves explains.
“It is the collaboration between the sports scientists, the coaching staff, the medical team and the boys themselves, who are at the heart of it, that works towards the players’ peak physical condition,” he said.
From whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.