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Graeme Souness reflects on Leicesters remarkable season, how they have ripped up the rule book, where their achievements rank and what the future might hold for the Foxes. Mitchell Trubisky Bears Jersey ... In this most incredible Premier League year, would anybody be surprised if Leicester went to Old Trafford, one of the greatest football stadiums in the world, and won the league there?They have already torn up the rule book by the way they play. They have so little possession, players that were relatively unknown, a small budget, but they are the dominant team in the league. Fair play to them. I wouldnt be surprised if they won the title this weekend. I dont think they will, but I wouldnt be surprised.Claudio Ranieri has come up with a system that defies logic. They give the ball away - they have the lowest passing accuracy in the league - and their goalkeeper has passed the ball into the final third 482 times, more than any other player in the league aside from Cesc Fabregas. That would suggest they are a long ball team, but they are a joy to watch.They dont strike me as a basic back to front team, they have far more to their game than that, but the stats suggest they are. They have torn up the rule book.They should not be where they are with the players they have, the size of the club, and the fact they give the ball away so much. Its a remarkable story.They have always got the vast majority of players behind the ball because when they win it their first thought is to turn the opposition back four, which means you dont have midfield players going beyond the strikers and they are always in possession when it breaks down. Its a very simple way of playing but they play it in an entertaining fashion.I was surprised at the start of the season with Ranieris appointment. It was hard on Nigel Pearson to lose his job and he left a wonderful situation for Ranieri to come in and inherit. Ranieri has come up with a system that suits his players. He has looked at them, seen their strengths and weaknesses and it has worked perfectly. They should not be where they are with the players they have, the size of the club, and the fact they give the ball away so much. Its a remarkable story. Graeme Souness Leicester winning the league will be one of the greatest football achievements. Its up there with anything you want to name whether in the Premier League or old First Division.Given the game has moved on and the riches the big clubs have in the Champions League, for a small team today its very different to when Nottingham Forest won the league (1977/78) and then the European Cup (1978/79 and 1979/80). The riches for the big clubs are far greater than in days gone by.The Champions League will be exciting for Leicester next season. You dont know what group of players they will have but they will certainly make an impression and leave their mark. Leicester will be joining Real Madrid and Barcelona in the Champions League next season The added finances that come into the club for winning the league will allow them to have a stronger squad and they will need that to play in Europe as well as the Premier League.This weekend they can win the title and you wont see anything different from Ranieri against Manchester United. He feels he has a group that can go anywhere and win, and so he should, they are top of the league by seven points. If youre not confident now, you will never be confident. Why would they change? They are seven points in front with three games to play. Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri says he cannot believe the position his team are in with three games to go But it will be a different challenge for them. Swansea were ideal opposition last weekend. They were in their armchairs, heads already somewhere else and with a coach who might be not be there next season. It was the perfect game for Leicester.This weekend will be different as they are playing against a Man Utd team who are stubborn, well organised and have something to play for. However, they are going into the game looking in their rear mirror and not seeing anyone.If Tottenham had won the other night they would be there. Now Leicester know they can lose two games and still get there. They could even lose all three and still win it, so they are in a wonderful situation.Watch Manchester United v Leicester live on Sky Sports 1 HD on Sunday from 1pm, or watch for £6.99 without a contract, on NOW TV. Also See: Mahrez: Title race not over The German Leicester Why bookies are fearing Foxes Get a £10 free bet! Mitchell Trubisky Womens Jersey . - The Raiders have released guard Mike Brisiel after two disappointing seasons in Oakland. Mitchell Trubisky Youth Jersey .com) - A chant of Zeke reverberated around AT&T Stadium before Ezekiel Elliott powered into the end zone for his fourth and final touchdown. . Founding members of the Genie Army, a group of Eugenie Bouchard supporters who cheered for the rising tennis star during the Australian Open in January, will be in the city for the Rogers Cup, beginning this weekend.IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Roy Devyn Marbles hot shooting at the start sparked his teammates. It even helped his defence. Marble scored 22 of his 26 points in the first half and No. 17 Iowa beat No. 10 Michigan 85-67 on Saturday. Marble even drew the defensive assignment on Nik Stauskas for much of the game, holding the Wolverines leading scorer to 10 points. Iowa coach Fran McCaffery called it his teams best performance of the season. "I just wanted to come out and be aggressive," Marble said. "I just told the guys come out here and play hard. If we win, we win, if we lose, we lose. But you wont be able to doubt our lack of toughness and our energy on both ends of the court." The Hawkeyes (18-6, 7-4 Big Ten) have beaten two AP Top 10 teams in the regular season for the first time since 1990-91. Iowa avoided a third straight loss at home and split the season series with Michigan. Caris LeVert scored 22 points for the Wolverines (17-6, 9-2), who have lost two of three after starting 8-0 in the Big Ten. Iowas Aaron White had 11 points and eight rebounds. Mike Gesell had 10 points and matched a career high with eight assists -- five on Marbles baskets. Marble was 6 of 9 from 3-point range in the first half -- more 3s than the Hawkeyes made as a team the last five games. Iowa, which ranks next to last in the Big Ten in 3-point field goals, finished 10 of 17 from behind the arc. "When Dev got hot, I was just finding him and finding my shooters," Gesell said. "Its really not that hard of a job when you have guys that can score like that." In the seasons first matchup of these teams, Stauskas tied a career high with 26 points. McCaffery said Iowa was locked into collectively stopping Stauskas, who was held to 3-of-6 shooting on Saturday. "They made a lot of adjustments," Stauskas said. "They did things on our ball screens and hhandoffs, which made things difficult.dddddddddddd They denied me the ball and when I did try to drive all their guys were in the gaps." The Hawkeyes led by as many as 16 points in the first half as Marble connected on three 3-pointers for Iowas first nine points. Later in the half, Marbles sharp crossover led to a quick layup. Marble knocked down another 3-pointer on the next possession, turning to salute the sellout crowd at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Marble hit two more 3-pointers at the end of the half -- one just before the buzzer -- to give Iowa a 43-29 lead. Michigan never got closer in the second half. "Iowa punched us early today, and it was hard to respond," Michigan coach John Beilein said. "This is how they were playing early in the season no matter who they were playing." Marbles 22-point first half ended a stretch of bad starts for the Hawkeyes leading scorer. He scored five points or less in the first half in five of Iowas last six games, including two scoreless halves. Marble finished 8 of 17 from the field and made all four of his free throws. He moved into 10th place on Iowas all-time scoring list with 1,529 points. The Hawkeyes are 6-0 in games following a loss this season. Freshman Zak Irvin scored 19 points for Michigan, going 4 of 6 from 3-point range. The Wolverines, who fell a half-game behind Michigan State in the Big Ten standings, next play at Ohio State with home games against Wisconsin and Michigan State to follow. Iowa dominated in the post with 34 points in the paint and seven blocked shots. The Hawkeyes grabbed 38 rebounds to Michigans 29. "To beat Michigan, you have to play the kind of defence we played," McCaffery said. 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