This season has proven a rather jarring reality check for Leicester City. Considering the Foxes are the Premier League champions, their presence in the bottom half of the table is a painful sight.
Nevertheless, no matter how disastrously this term plays out; it will never tarnish the achievements of last campaign. After all, it was a true sporting fairytale.
At the heart of the title charge was the ever quotable Claudio Ranieri. A man who, just recently, has revealed his reaction to watching back the fantastical achievements of their title-winning year.
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March 2014 saw Leicester require a 92nd minute equaliser from Chris Wood for them to smuggle a 1-1 draw at home to Yeovil Town in the Championship.
Fast forward two years and the Foxes were closing in on the Premier League title with Champions League football in their back pocket. It proves the most incredible and meteoric rises in the competition’s history.
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While Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy and co. played unprecedented roles in the title charge; the impact of Ranieri should never be downplayed.
After all, this is the man whose arrival caused disbelief among pundits and bookies to rank him as the manager most likely to be sacked first. Besides, his previous job had seen him sacked by Greece after just four months and with a win rate of 0%.
Nevertheless, the Tinkerman overcame the likes of Arsene Wenger, Mauricio Pochettino and Louis van Gaal to lift the league above his head in 2016.
Such was the achievement and fairytale nature of the title win that looking back on it undoubtedly proves emotional and that’s just for fans.
So for the manager behind it all himself to reminisce would likely provoke even stronger feelings and Ranieri has confirmed just this.
According to The Times, the ex-Chelsea boss was shown a montage of the season at an Italian awards ceremony and reacted in the following manner: 'They showed what we did on a big screen. The highlights of the season. And I cried. I cried. And I said: "Ooh f***ing hell. What we did… what we did!"'
Considering Leicester were 5000-1 to win the league and Elvis Presley rising from the dead was supposedly more likely, who can blame him?
While it may have been five months since the crowning evening now, Ranieri is yet to fully descend from cloud nine.
In light of their start to this season, it proves a rather smart move. Leicester should enjoy their Champions League adventure and champions status while they can before, rather improbably, normal service resumes.
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