Leicester City have been declared winners of the English Premier League for the 2015/2016 season. It is the first time in the club’s 132 year history that they have won the title in the English top flight.
The ‘Foxes’ as they are known won the league Monday night despite drawing with Manchester 1 – 1 during their last outing at Old Trafford.
Their feat was however sealed because of another drawn game, between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspurs, the latter could have stood a realistic chance of catching Leicester if they had beaten Chelsea.
This group of Leicester City players have given the Blue Army a lifetime’s worth of memories, all rolled into one perfect season.
Leicester City. Champions of England. pic.twitter.com/WRwfysTn2N— Leicester City (@LCFC) May 2, 2016
Claudio Ranieri’s team ended a fairytale run that saw them escape relegation same last season to a blistering season buoyed by spirited performances at the King Power Stadium and on away fixtures.
The club’s official website after the Chelsea – Spurs result screamed ‘‘CHAMPIONS: Leicester City Secure Title!’‘
The statement read in part that, ‘‘When our captain, Wes Morgan, lifts the trophy at King Power Stadium next Saturday evening, he will be the first Leicester City player to do so and it will be without question the greatest single moment in this Football Club’s long history.
The skipper did the same with the Championship trophy two years ago against Doncaster Rovers, but this time the eyes of the world will be watching as they take in the conclusion of one of the most incredible sporting stories ever seen.’‘
Their victory even though an overall team effort also gives extra credit to players like Jamie Vardy, Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez and goalkeeper Kasper Schimicheal who were standout players for the title winning side.
The club statement whiles hailing the historic feat also attested to the influence of the Mahrez and Vardy, ‘‘This group of Leicester City players have given the Blue Army a lifetime’s worth of memories, all rolled into one perfect season. From Jamie Vardy’s record-breaking scoring streak to Riyad Mahrez’s magic to Leonardo Ulloa’s earthquake-goal – all will go down in history,’‘ it said.
Leicester joins the prestigious list of teams to have won the Premier League including Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Blackburn Rovers and Arsenal.