Now that the euphoria over Leonardo Ulloa’s 89th-minute winner for Leicester against Norwich has died down, the disconcerting truth is hard to ignore.
The Foxes’ Premier League title odds were trimmed from 11/4 in to 2/1 on the back of their King Power Stadium success.
Yet, for all but one minute of normal time, they were nullified by visitors shrewdly set up by manager Alex Neil.
It has long been evident Leicester’s primary attacking strength is their greased lightning counter attacking and that they struggle to play through teams when presented with the lion’s share of the ball.
As such it’s scarcely credible more of their opponents haven’t tried to emulate the Canaries’ deep-lying pragmatism, with Neil identifying Manchester United’s shape in their 1-1 King Power draw as the blueprint for his side.
Instead, opponents such as Manchester City have played into the Foxes’ hands by relieving them of the pressure of having the ball, a pressure that creates the mistakes that Ranieri’s men themselves jump on to ignite their own counters.
The narrow win over Norwich represented just the third time that the hosts had come out on top of the possession statistics in a Premier League match all season.
A home draw with a ten-man Bournemouth in early January and a dicey 3-2 victory over West Brom at the Hawthorns in late October were the others.
Unfortunately for Leicester, the East Anglians have afforded their remaining foes a timely reminder that swallowing your possession-based pride and defending deep is the best way to knock the Foxes out of their rhythm.
Such a humble approach will come easily enough to many of their forthcoming opponents – they face West Brom (H), Watford (A), Newcastle (H), Crystal Palace (A), Sunderland (A) and Swansea (H) inside their next eight fixtures.
All are struggling for form and can ill afford not to follow what looks a blueprint for success against the would-be Premier League champions.