Taking the field in equally fantastical garb

In today’s Fiver: Hans Christian Andersen, poor ol’ Danny Ings, Tonton Zola Moukoko and good news! Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been found!

If you were expecting today’s Fiver to add to the football world’s slight over-reaction to a solitary Manchester City victory over a Barcelona side missing three first-choice players, including its midfield heartbeat, we’re afraid we’re going to have to let you down. With Leicester on the verge of qualifying for Big Cup’s knockout stages in the home country of Hans Christian Andersen, we’d rather focus on their particular fairytale, what with Claudio Ranieri’s men having beaten each of their Group G rivals already and now looking set fair to qualify for the knockout stages with two games to spare. Leicester are the most popular champions in living memory, have yet to concede a goal in Big Cup and are managed by a man who spent Monday night sitting by his front door handing out sweets to trick-or-treaters. He has also just been nominated for the Fifa men’s coach-of-the-year award, on a 10-man shortlist boasting nine other blokes who the Fiver suspects won’t be rushing to draft acceptance speeches “just in case”.

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