At the start of the season they were 5000/1 to win the premier league, with better odds at being relegated. But last night the unbelievable and unthinkable happened as Tottenham stumbled to a 2-2 draw against Chelsea and in the process Leicester City were crowned the Champions of England for the 2015/2016 season! (Just let that sink in) The first time in their 132 year club history, a monumental achievement and probably one of the greatest in the history of sport. From playing in League One a few years ago to becoming Premier League winners just puts it all into perspective.
Leicester had the chance to seal the title on Sunday but missed the chance after claiming a draw against Manchester United on Sunday. Although they need not wait long because 24 fours later as the final whistle blew at Stamford Bridge, the Leicester players, who were all at Jamie Vardy’s house to watch the game, went into a utter frenzy and began to celebrate this incredible accomplishment. You could just see how much it meant to the players through all the videos that were popping up across social media. Especially the one taken by Leicester defender Christian Fuchs. The passion was all clear to see.
After surviving a relegation dogfight last season, Leicester were pretty much written off this season, with being relegated to the championship being what seemed more likely that an actual title push. But they went for it and they did it their own way. They went away from that normal formula and shocked the Premier League big guns. Over the years throughout the premier league, it has been some what common that those who have won the league have employed tactics where possession and passing accuracy play a vital role. This is what Leicester completely went against. They changed it up and played a more direct, counter attacking style of play. They were more than happy for their opponents to sit with the ball for long periods and then use the wicked pace and dynamism of the likes of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez on the break. You can see how this style of play has reflected on their overall season stats by being placed 18th and 20th retrospectively in possession and passing accuracy. When they did have the ball though they certainly made it count and at the end of the day that’s what matters most. The manger, Claudio Ranieri has certainly has become a different manager to what we last saw of him in the premier league when he managed Chelsea. He has evolved and gone away from he used to do such as tinkering with his squad and constantly making changes. That’s all gone as throughout the season he has stuck with a starting 11 and has only made 27 changes overall during the course of this season when needed. Ranieri has also been so down to earth and humble this season. He didn’t need no fancy mind games like the likes of Mourinho.
As I stated in my last post Leicester City have been a true testament to what hard work and dedication can lead you to. They never had the phenomenal budget of the likes of Chelsea or Manchester City. Their main starting 11 this season altogether cost 23 million and compare that to Chelseas’s winning side last year which cost around 200 million. That is nearly ten times less! The camaraderie between the Leicester player’s is certainly something you can see and it has been unlike any other team this season. As Ranieri put it, ‘Their heart and soul won it for them’. From a Manchester United fan, sincerely congratulations and well done Leicester, soak it in as it is truly well deserved and one of the greatest sporting achievements in history. You have captured the hearts and minds of not just the nation but the world. From staring relegation in the face to winning the title through pure grit. You’ve shown money isn’t always the most important thing and that passion, hard work and dedication can sometimes win instead. A 5000/1 miracle and this is why we love football. Chat shit get banged.