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The Warrior – Wes Morgan rises above the pressure as Leicester do the impossible

11:00 SAST 2017/01/24
Premier League Team of the Weekend | Wes Morgan
To show you how the Pressure Index works we take a look at arguably the biggest miracle in Premier League history

Goal and Sure have partnered to create the Pressure Index, the only way to measure how players are handling the stress of the most competitive league.

And to show you how the Pressure Index works we take a look at arguably the biggest miracle in Premier League history.

They’d held on for their lives. The fairy tale was on. They were within touching distance of the promised land. 

Now they needed a leader. Someone to drag them over the finishing line. Leicester City found one that afternoon in Manchester, as captain Wes Morgan stood tall, lifting the club to the most incredible of heights.

Morgan’s performance on May 1, 2016 scored big on the Goal Pressure Index, presented by Sure and powered by Opta data, which is an innovative and unique player-rating system to identify and reward players for outstanding performance in pressure situations.

Using more than 750,000 data points and considering influences such as league position, time of season and opposition, our unique algorithm calculates performance under pressure to give every Premier League player a weekly score out of 100.

Something strange was happening in the 2015-16 Premier League season. 5000/1 shots, Leicester City weren’t supposed to even be there.

The Premier League and its biggest clubs had taken concrete steps to ensure this type of thing never happened again.

The talent had been stockpiled for years. UEFA Champions League money had made the top-four all but a monopoly. 

Only five teams had taken the crown in the near quarter-of-a-century since the Premier League’s inception; three of them (Blackburn Rovers, Chelsea and Manchester City) had only managed to break the stronghold due to massive financial investment.

Leicester had some monetary assistance in their climb to England’s top flight, but once there they were tipped to head straight back down.

The arrival of coach Claudio Ranieri had been met with extreme scepticism, too. Their early charge to the top of the table had caught everyone by surprise, but throughout the campaign this ruthless, dynamic counter-attacking bunch of misfits had to stumble?

At some stage they would regress to the mean. Even by the time they arrived at Old Trafford, at the home of the most successful team in Premier League history, there was suggestion there was yet be a collapse, that the pressure applied by a rampant Tottenham team would prove too much.

So when the Foxes fell behind after just eight minutes at Old Trafford to an Anthony Martial goal, the pressure was on.

Morgan, however, refused to let them fall. The captain turned in the most heroic of performances, rising from the ashes to head an equaliser just nine minutes later.

Then he focused on his own goal, repeatedly refusing to let Man Utd through, showing the type of resolve that had seen his side lose just one of the last 10 Premier League games in which they had conceded first.

The draw took Leicester to within two points of the most unlikely Premier League title in English football history, a crown they would seal the following day after Tottenham could only muster a 2-2 draw versus Chelsea. It was the year English football witnessed the impossible.

Morgan’s performance was worth a very impressive 86/100 on the Goal Pressure Index, presented by Sure.

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