Leicester City and their manager Claudio Ranieri have been welcomed to the Champions League by one of the best goalkeepers of the past 20 years.
Gianluigi Buffon, who worked under Ranieri at Juventus between 2007 and 2009, sent out a tweet on Monday - a day after it was confirmed that the Foxes will be playing Champions League football next season.
Manchester United’s 3-0 defeat to Tottenham on Sunday afternoon means Leicester are now guaranteed to finish inside the top four.
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“#Leicester @lcfc is no more a fairy tale, now is reality,” Buffon tweeted. “Welcome in Europe Mr. Claudio Ranieri!”
Leicester, however, will not be satisfied unless they win the Premier League title.
Leicester are firm favourites to win title
Currently seven points clear of second-placed Tottenham with five matches remaining, Ranieri’s men are the overwhelming favourites to win the league but are keen to remain calm and focused.
Ranieri himself was the man who showed the most emotion following Leicester’s crucial 2-0 win over Sunderland at the weekend.
The veteran Italian coach was visibly moved as he applauded the away supporters at the Stadium of Light but, in his post-match interview, insisted his players must remain concentrated ahead of these all-important final weeks of the campaign.
"You make this job for the emotion you feel inside but it is difficult for me to tell you what kind," Ranieri was quoted as saying by BBC Sport. "The fans must continue to dream but we must be concentrated and focused.
“We have to stay calm, be focused, strong, solid and keep going. Today we made some mistakes. We still have to look at what is not right."
Greatest achievement in Premier League history?
Not much isn’t going right for the Foxes right now. Back-to-back victories in their next two fixtures against West Ham and Swansea City - both at the King Power Stadium - and the title will almost certainly be Leicester’s.
Priced at 5,000-1 to win the title before a ball was kicked this season, it would arguably be the single greatest achievement since the Premier League was formed in 1992.
It could even be argued that it would be the greatest achievement in English football history - especially when you compare Leicester’s resources to those of Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United and the like.
Leicester were among the favourites to be relegated to the Championship at the start of this season, but they - and Ranieri - have proved all of their doubters spectacularly wrong over the past nine months.
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