Leicester City are Premier League champions - incredible.
Following their 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday afternoon, the Foxes were forced to put the champagne on ice and wait until the aftermath of Tottenham’s away clash with Chelsea on Monday night to learn their fate.
And then it happened. Despite Mauricio Pochettino’s side entering the break 2-0 up at Stamford Bridge, the hosts fought back to claim a draw and help Leicester realise their impossible dream.
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It was an historic moment not just in English football, but football as a whole. Who would have thought that Claudio Ranieri’s minnows, who narrowly escaped relegation last season, would end up as champions the following campaign.
It was the stuff dreams are made of.
And it’s been a rollercoaster of emotions ever since, with videos emerging of Leicester’s players celebrating their success at Jamie Vardy’s house. Even a video of captain Wes Morgan being dragged around on the floor has surfaced.
Manager Ranieri, who was absent from the celebrations last night to be with his family, has now spoken of his side’s triumph, lauding his players and revealing his emotions were at “the maximum level” when the title was confirmed.
However, the Italian was typically realistic of what the future holds for Leicester City Football Club, so much so that he’s targeting a mere top-ten finish next season.
Asked if the club can win the Premier League title again, he said, per the Telegraph: “No. I think no but of course we want to continue to build.
“When I came here, the project was to build a foundation and to fight for the Europa League in three to four years.
“This season is out of our project, but of course now our foundations are very strong.”
At this point, Ranieri conceded that the club’s target will be to finish “in the top ten”.
Leicester now face a testing summer to keep hold of their prized assets amidst interest from a host of Europe’s elite.
Vardy, N’Golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez are all in high demand and Ranieri insists he will try his damnedest to ensure they remain in the East Midlands amidst a desire to build upon his current squad.
“We don’t want to sell anybody,” he continued. “If a player doesn’t want to stay with us then we don’t want unhappy players.
“We want to reinforce our team, but with the same mentality. Whoever comes must know that we work hard.”
The summer transfer window shouldn’t yet be a worry for Ranieri and Leicester, though. For now, they have a Premier League title to lift in front of their adoring fans on Saturday afternoon and must revel in their success.
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