Unfancied and expected to be a relegation candidate, Leicester City defied all the odds by winning the titles with 77 points yesterday, to Spurs’ 70. With just two games to go until the end of the campaign, even if Spurs win both, they can only get a maximum of 76 points.
Last night, Chelsea came from two goals down to snatch a point at home thanks to Gary Cahill and Eden Hazard, handing the title to the minnows from the East Midlands. Leicester, who have been chasing CSKA Moscow and Super Eagles winger Musa for most of the season, will now be looking to sign him ahead of the next campaign when they set out to defend their crown.
Leicester started the campaign as 5,000-1 outsiders for the title after almost being relegated last season but they have lost just three league games in what has been described as a fairytale and the most unlikely triumph in the history of team sport. Closest challengers Spurs, Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and last year’s champions Chelsea, have all failed to match the Foxes’ consistency across the season.
Former Leicester midfielder Robbie Savage, said: “In terms of domestic football, Leicester City winning the Premier League is the greatest achievement ever and I think it will never be surpassed. It is incredible and this is a turning point in Premier League history.”
“I’m speechless, it is unbelievable. I’ve seen England win the Ashes and get OBEs and MBEs but this Leicester team’s achievement is greater than any of that and they should be recognised in the honours list.”
Match of the Day pundit and former Newcastle United, Blackburn Rovers and England striker Alan Shearer said: "Leicester’s achievement is the biggest thing ever in football. For a team like Leicester to come and take the giants on with their wealth and experience and not only take them on but to beat them, I think it’s the biggest thing to happen in football.”
Former Leicester, Everton and England striker Gary Lineker described his hometown team’s achievement as the biggest sporting shock of his lifetime. Last month, he had suggested the Leicester players were on the edge of sporting immortality.
Leicester East MP Keith Vaz added: “This is a miracle which has captured the imagination of the sporting world and beyond. People in every corner of the globe now know where Leicester is.”