Leicester City script history
The Foxes have become the first club since Nottingham Forest in 1977-78 to win the Premier League title for the first time having ended up as runners up only once in 1928-29. With Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez already winning the Football Writers’ Association and PFA footballer of the year awards respectively, Leicester erupted with celebrations as the final whistle was blown.
After facing relegation last season, this season was a dream run for Leicester City under Claudio Ranieri who replaced their previous manager Nigel Pearson only in July 2015.
The Spurs, in order to keep their title hopes alive, needed to win against the Blues but an 83rd minute equalizer from Eden Hazard ruined their chances of winning their first Premier League title since 1961.
The loss induced a seven-point difference between Tottenham and the table toppers Leicester, which automatically made Leicester the crowned Premier League champions.
Both Chelsea and Tottenham put up a thrilling match as the Spurs claimed a 2 nil lead at half time.
Tottenham star Harry Kane showed beautiful skill off a lovely through ball by Erik Lamela as he netted in the 35th minute tearing apart the entire Chelsea back-line. With the Blues also looking to find the net, the match saw real heat between Diego Costa and Jan Vertonghen.
The Chelsea defence looked uncomfortable as a poor Ivanovic pass gave away the ball to Harry Kane who spun to find Eriksen. Eriksen, then, shot a beautiful through ball past Terry to Heung-Min Son, who taking the advantage of being unmarked in the penalty area, shot home comfortably in the 44th minute.
While the first half was terrible for Chelsea, they made an incredible comeback in the second half. In the 58th minute, as Willian curled a beautiful corner kick right at the foot of Gary Cahill, Cahill shot a thunder at the back of the net, bringing back Chelsea into the game. As both the teams battled hard to find the net, Eden Hazard, in the final minutes of the game, shot a beautiful curling strike into the top right-hand corner of the net.
The frustration and disappointment of letting the title slip through their hands got evident in the Tottenham players with Harry Kane, Mousa Dembele and Ryan Mason picking up yellow cards in the stoppage time.
Leicester footballers’ heart, soul won it: Coach Ranieri
Leicester City head coach Claudio Ranieri believes that the ‘heart and the soul’ of team’s footballers is the reason behind their incredible English Premier League (EPL) title success. Tottenham Hotspur’s failure to beat Chelsea on Monday handed the Leicester their first top-flight title in their 132-year history, with two games remaining this season.
The Leicester coach revealed he made it back to England in time to see the moment Leicester became champions. “I feel good, I feel good you can imagine,” Ranieri was quoted as saying by Sky Sports on Tuesday. “I was home to watch the match. I had lunch with my mother then I came back with our plane and arrived at 7 o’clock and at 8 o’clock, I watched the match. The emotions were at the maximum.”