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At least it’s good to hear someone being honest, but is that necessarily a good thing?
We spoke on FFC a few days ago about how assistant manager Chris Davies was trying to keep the club’s feet on the ground, and whether or not he was just trying to give the ‘diplomatic answer’.
It looks like it was a case of the latter because left-back Ben Chilwell has revealed that ambitions around the King Power have changed in recent weeks.
Speaking to Leicestershire Live, Chilwell admitted that there has been talk of Champions League football around the dressing room and that the squad can reach those heights if they build on their current form.
Talking highly ambitiously, the England international said.
“It’s in the back of everyone’s minds. I’d be lying if I said we weren’t all thinking about getting top four because we want to aim high. We’re training hard every week. We’ll go into the Arsenal game fully confident. We’re quite happy to go along and keep getting wins. Hopefully we can keep improving.”
This is what happens when you sing about Jamie Vardy’s wife…
This is where the difference comes into play with what Davies and Chilwell are saying.
Whilst Davies is trying to bring expectations down, Chilwell has gone out and ramped them up, saying that it’s been talked about inside the dressing room means that it’s now become acceptable for fans to start talking about it as well.
A victory over Arsenal could leave them between seven and ten points clear of fifth-place depending on how results go across the weekend, and whilst it is far too early to start talking about whether or not that’s enough of a gap to see them through to the end of the season, it would certainly give them a pretty sizeable cushion.
Lose though and it’s down to three, and that’s a different task altogether to hold off that challenge throughout the season.
This is why it’s always best to follow the lead that Davies tried to lay down. Best to set your expectations at a reasonable level and then end up exceeding them, rather than setting them at a level that can’t be achieved and then end up disappointing the fan base.
It’s been a great start to the season, but that’s the keyword, start. Let’s wait at least until they’ve played every team in the league before making any rash predictions.