Should Leicester City fans be disheartened by successive Top 5 finishes?

After their 2-1 defeat to Chelsea on Tuesday night, it looks set to be successive fifth place finishes for Leicester City, but should Foxes fans really be disheartened with top 5 finishes in this era?

The defeat means Leicester look set to miss out on the Champions League places on the final day of the season for the second year running.

Successive Top 5 Finishes is a Huge Achievement for Leicester

Brendan Rodgers' team now look set to finish fifth again, but with a magnificent FA Cup Final victory already in the bag, I believe the Foxes' fans shouldn't be too disappointed.

The FA Cup final win over Chelsea the previous Saturday was Leicester's first ever win in the showpiece event. Add that victory to the league title win back in 2016, and this is a golden period for the club. So the fact that they have only managed to finish fifth in the Premier League two season's running, shouldn't be seen as a failure.

The fact that the Foxes are disappointed with fifth place (at worse), is also a sign of just how far Leicester City have progressed as a football club.

Without meaning to be disrespectful, Leicester are basically one of the the rank and file Premier League clubs. They are competing against the investment and backing of Manchester City and Chelsea. They are also up against the overall might and power of Manchester United, Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool, as well as Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal. So to be the fifth best team in the Premier League during this era is an extraordinary achievement.

To have won a Premier League title and FA Cup in this era are also huge achievements.

Already next season, plenty - like the top online bookmakers have Leicester as one of the favourites for a top 4 finish.

The bookmakers have them as 4/1 fifth favourites to finish in the Champions League positions. That's ahead of the likes of Tottenham, Arsenal and Everton. And only behind Manchester's City and United, Liverpool and Chelsea.

Holding onto Brendan Rodgers is Key

Keeping manager Brendan Rodgers at the club will be key to Leicester's continued success. It's rumoured that Rodgers has already turned down an approach from Spurs to be their next boss.

In years past, if the Leicester manager was offered the Spurs job, he would have walked to London. Not any more.

Spurs are a club that have just employed big name managers Mauricio Pochettino and Jose Mourinho. And Leicester's manager sees his job at the King Power Stadium as a more attractive job. What does that say about the direction the two respective clubs are heading in?

Back to the here and now, and not all is lost for Leicester City. Finishing fifth and winning the FA Cup is a great season. If results go the way of Leicester this Sunday, it could get even better yet.

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