Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri is in an interesting position when it comes to the demise of 2016.
The first half of the year was among the most memorable runs in Premier League history, while the second has been anything but when it comes to domestic achievements.
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The 2015-16 champions remain just three points clear of the drop zone after a 2-0 home loss to Everton on Monday. Despite their progress into the knockout rounds of the UEFA Champions League, Ranieri will likely be happy to turn the page on 2016 after Saturday’s visit from surging West Ham.
“Nothing is right, nothing is easy but we must continue to work hard and be very attentive in the little detail. Only the little details make us down. We have to react as soon as possible. We have to work and react that is our medicine. We will try to do our best again.
“What a year. Everything was right for the first six months and now everything is wrong. We have to fight.”
West Ham ends Leicester’s 2016, and January sees Middlesbrough, Chelsea, Southampton, and Burnley in addition to an FA Cup tilt against Everton. Will they right the ship in early 2017?