Graeme Souness: 'Leicester City players will fall off their perch again'


"I want to avoid Leicester", Buffon told Mediaset Premium.

Leicester City have struggled to reignite the flames of their fairytale 2015-16 campaign this season but that could all be forgotten following their victory over Sevilla in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Graeme Souness has tipped Leicester's players to "fall off their perch" again ahead of Saturday's Premier League fixture against West Ham. If it ain't broken, why try and fix it?

"He would have been doing the same training, talking to them the same way, preparing for the games the same way, travelling to the games the same way - everything the same".

"Some of those players at the start of the season believed they were big players and they took their foot off the accelerator. They thought "we're champions and we're big players" and they took their foot off the accelerator", said Souness.

"They got in their big comfy armchairs, got in their Bentey in the vehicle park and maybe changed their house".

A goalkeeper with a feeling is pretty pivotal for any team with UEFA Champions League ambitions - a point underlined by the sight of Schmeichel's father Peter chatting with another former European Cup-winning keeper Peter Shilton down by the dressing rooms afterwards.

But Buffon said: "Who do I prefer not to play?" "It (the clean sheet) is a testament to the boys, we played really well in the first half and it was always going to be tough to keep that intensity".

Defeat to a side that is now three points behind Barcelona in La Liga would have been no embarrassment, but the Foxes showed they are more than a match for anyone on home turf with a brilliant 2-0 win.

"Then he falls out with one or two of the more influential members of the dressing room and all of a sudden he's fallen out with most of the dressing room".

"We had to make the full-backs run and then go into the space when it opened up, but instead we had too many short passes, trying to force our way through, and it wasn't the right way". In these post-Claudio Ranieri days, you could say that Leicester City have gone in search of whatever it was that made last season so remarkable and perhaps this was the night that they truly reassumed the character of the team that shook English football.