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2015/16 Leicester City Football Club season review

And, oh, what a season it was!

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This electrifying 2015/16 Premier League campaign has come to a close, with Leicester City capping it off as champions. Over the next few days Fosse Posse will be covering ratings of the first team players, but for now let's reminisce on the highlights of this memorable season.

What went right?

The easier question to ask would be what didn't go right for the Foxes this campaign.

A team that was predicted by many pundits to be a favorite for the drop has gone on to win the title, conquering the usual top teams with a squad worth the fraction of the cost. That said, this is Leicester's first top flight title in their 132-year history, overcoming 5000-1 odds to win it, and we have both the players and manager to thank for that.

Let's start off with Claudio Ranieri, a man whose appointment raised plenty of speculation. The Italian was tipped to be one of the first mangers to be sacked to start the season. Ranieri hushed the doubters by implementing a simple style that revolved around giving up possession in order to put intense pressure on the opponents by allowing them seconds, if that, to make a play with the ball.

As soon as the Foxes won back possession the objective was to get it from back to front as quickly as possible. Boasting a blistering pace and extreme work rate to their advantage, time and time again, Leicester punished their opponents on the counter.

Ranieri's appointment essentially brought in a consistent playing style that utilized the strengths of his players, while at the same time implementing a sense of fear in opponents.

The players also served a vital role, executing this philosophy to perfection. With solidity in defense and assistance from Danny Drinkwater and N'Golo Kanté breaking up play in the center of the park, the Foxes were able to use the pace of Jamie Vardy and the intricate skills of Riyad Mahrez to punish opponents time and time again.

Although skill and execution played a massive role in the team's success, one thing separated Leicester from the competition this season was the team's attitude. One of the best things about watching Leicester is the team's constant fighting spirit. Whether they were winning or losing, there was never a point when the players took their foot off the gas pedal.

This never say die mentality turned losses into draws and draws into wins, pushing the Foxes across the finish line.

What's next?

Next season will pit Leicester up against Europe's elite. Not only will the Foxes fight to keep hold of the Premier League title, they will also attempt to reach European heights in the Champions League.

To do this, keeping key players will be a must. However, reinforcements will be needed as Leicester look to build squad depth and fight to achieve success in all competitions. There has never been a more important.

What can be improved?

One thing immediately stands out and that's the aforementioned squad depth. This depth will be needed as Leicester finds itself playing more games next season.

One position where there needs to be added depth is at striker. After the departure of Andrej Kramarić the Foxes find themselves with a total of three first team strikers.

The Foxes have been linked to CSKA Moscow's Ahmed Musa, whose 18 goals helped CSKA secure the Russian Premier League title, with the player seemingly interested in joining the Barclays Premier League champions.

The club have also identified that reinforcements need to be brought in at all position. However, Leicester has voiced that the club would like to keep the same squad mentality; looking to build around hard work rather than big names.

That said, it should be an interesting summer for the Foxes.