Last night, Leicester City were confirmed Premier League Champions. Tottenham last night failed to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and keep up any further hopes of holding out the title challenge to the last game of the season. They will be crowned EPL champions and presented with the winners medal at the King Power Stadium on Saturday 5th May even if they fail to win Everton.
This will be their first league title in their 132-year club history. The closest they have come was as runners-up in the 1928-29 season. Last season, they spent 140 days in the relegation zone after haven won the Championship in the 2013-2014 season. They were given an impossible odd of 5,000 to 1 by bookmakers Ladbrokes to win the league. But an unprecedented season of teamwork, consistency, professionalism and discipline has been rewarded.
Last week, Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy were voted as the Professional Footballers Association and Football Writers Association Players of the Year respectively. It is the first time that two players from the same club have claimed both awards in the same season since Everton’s Neville Southall and Peter Reid in 1985.
Fans, pundits, ex-players and football writers all over the world continue to hail the feat as a ‘miracle’, a ‘fairytale’ in what will go down in football history as one of the greatest moments of English football.
Leicester City’s manager Claudio Ranieri arrived the club on July 13th, 2015 with the charge of keeping the club in the league. The Italian had held managerial stints at Chelsea, Valencia, Inter Milan, Roma and Juventus as well as with the Greece National Team before returning to manage in England after spending four years at Chelsea where he built the team that would later form the crux of Mourinho’s title-winning team.
For a club that spent less than one-third and one-fifths in player acquisitions of Manchester United and Manchester City respectively in transfers last season, Leicester City’s victory will serve as a reminder that money does not always buy happiness and success.