Aleksandar Duric: Leicester show that dreams can come true
Sweet dreams are made of tears. That’s true, but it also consists of sweat, blood and an insane amount of hard work.
The best example of that this season has been the emergence of Leicester City.
Touted for relegation in the English Premier League, the Foxes in blue have defied all expectations and are on the cusp of the most unlikely title win ever.
Sure there are some stars in the team. Riyad Mahrez, N’Golo Kante and Jamie Vardy have all found themselves in the spotlight, and for good reason, with their performances.
But without them or their teammates working their socks off in trainings and games, Leicester could very well be staring at relegation now.
Even if Leicester fail to win the title, they have already done the unimaginable by qualifying for the Champions League. The last time they qualified for Europe was in 2000, when Leicester won the League Cup.
It has been forever since we had seen such a feat been achieved in the English league. The last time this probably happened was when Blackburn Rovers finished as runner-ups in the 1993/94 season before claiming the holy grail in the next campaign.
If anything, Leicester have given people around the world a reason to believe in their dreams.
In Singapore, we have Hougang United. They are certainly the surprise package in Singapore this year for me, but the signs are there for them to do a Leicester.
Players are willing to die for each other and the team is playing good football. Kudos to Hougang chairman Bill Ng really, who has done a splendid job in helping the club climb from the bottom.
And even if the going gets tough, the most hardcore supporters in the league, the Hougang HOOLs, will be behind them in every aspect.
Even in the Southeast Asia, Leicester’s fairytale run serves as inspiration.
In my view, having Leicester take the title home is akin to a Southeast Asian team making the World Cup finals for the first time.
Many believe it to be purely a dream, but is it really? Thailand, our region’s sole representatives in the final round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, could just make this a special year for football.
Thailand will need to put in many, many, many gritty performances just to make it happen but before that they need to dream and show self belief.
As Leicester have shown, there will always be hope. Football is unique; when you have all the elements in place, every and anything can happen.