Leicester City are currently eight points clear at the top of the Premier League, with many viewing this as enough to guarantee them the title.
Scarves brandishing the phrase ‘The People’s Champions’ are already a fixture at the King Power Stadium, but a quick glance to La Liga shows this knitwear could come back to haunt the Foxes.
After 30 games, Barcelona found themselves nine points clear in first place in the Spanish top-flight, but that lead has quickly evaporated.
Losses to Real Madrid, Real Sociedad and Valencia, who have unsurprisingly rapidly improved since Gary Neville’s dismissal, mean Barca are now level on points with Atletico Madrid.
Atleti are still behind Luis Enrique’s men, due to an inferior head-to-head record, while Real are only a point behind in third.
Last season’s Champions League winners were also dumped out of that competition in this run, losing over two legs to Diego Simeone’s side and are in truly poor form.
The Blaugrana have lost four of their last five outings and are capitulating at absolutely the worst time for a team in a title race.
Before they lost El Clasico at the start of this collapse, the Catalans had won nine of their previous ten outings across all competitions and hadn’t lost in 39 games dating back to October 2015.
If a team on such an unbeaten streak, who won the treble in the previous campaign and possesses the attacking talents of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar can fall away like this then suggesting Leicester have the title wrapped up is ludicrous.
A win for Tottenham against Stoke tonight would close the gap to five points, meaning the Foxes would only need to lose twice to be overtaken.
This is much more likely than the run of results we’ve just witnessed Barca suffer, as the Spanish outfit haven’t lost three La Liga games in a row since 2003, while the Premier League team’s last run of consecutive losses was in February 2015.
Furthermore, they have to face Manchester United and Chelsea between now and the end of the campaign, two of the biggest sides in the division, meaning now may be the apposite time to back Spurs to win the league at 13/4.