Ten games that defined Leicester City's title winning season

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The impossible dream has become a reality. Leicester City, the 5000/1 rank outsiders, are champions of England. It's a truly staggering achievement, the likes of which we may never see again.

When Claudio Ranieri took charge last summer, few predicted anything beyond another relegation battle, but the rise of little Leicester has been simply mind boggling.

In an era that's been dominated by the 'big clubs' and their finances, Leicester have proved that you cannot put a price on team spirit, hard work, and determination. They are very much the people's champions.


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So how did many people's relegation favourites emerge as champions? Well, only Claudio Ranieri and his players will know the answer to that question, but one thing for sure, it certainly wasn't through luck.

However, one thing is clear, when it came to the crunch this season Leicester had the answer more often than not, so here are ten games which defined their incredible season.

Leicester City 3-2 Aston Villa (13 SEPT)

The Foxes came into this early season clash unbeaten but went 2-0 down after goals from Jack Grealish and Carlos Gil.

With 20 minutes to go, Ritchie de Laet gave Leicester hope, volleying in from a corner. In a show of spirit that would become familiar during the course of the season, Jamie Vardy equalised, causing The King Power to erupt.

Yet the battling blues were not content with a solitary point and in the last minute of normal time, deadline day arrival Nathan Dyer nodded in a brave header, completing an incredible comeback.

Leicester City 1-1 Manchester United (28 NOV)

All eyes were on Jamie Vardy as Leicester prepared to host the 13 time Premier League champions.

The striker was aiming to break a Premier League record by scoring in his 11th consecutive game. In the 24th minute, Vardy got his moment. Christian Fuchs slipped a delicious no-look pass in behind the Manchester United defence and Vardy did the rest. The striker's team-mates flocked to him in a moment that must surely be remembered as one of the greatest the Premier League has ever seen.

The result meant that Leicester missed the chance to go top, but Vardy's record-breaking moment ensured that the feel good factor continued.

Leicester City 2-1 Chelsea (14 DEC)

Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez tormented the reigning champions as Leicester moved to the summit.

It was a game that reflected the two sides' contrasting seasons, Leicester flying high, Chelsea struggling. Vardy's sweetly struck volley put the Foxes ahead, but the moment of the game came in the 48th minute when Mahrez turned Cesar Azpilicueta inside out before curling a beautiful effort past Thibaut Courtois.

Chelsea struck back through Loic Remy, but it was a comfortable evening for Ranieri's men. The result reaffirmed Leicester's title credentials and marked the end of Jose Mourinho's second stint as Chelsea manager.

Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Leicester City (13 JAN)

At this stage of the season, it was far from a two horse race for the title, but the result proved to be important.

Coming into this one, the Foxes had failed to score in their previous three league games and their woes in front of goal looked set to continue as the clock ticked down.

However, in the 83rd minute, Robert Huth got free from a corner and placed a perfect header into the top corner. It was a header that epitomised Huth's season, strong and powerful. The result proved that Leicester were not prepared to fall away.

Manchester City 1-3 Leicester City (06 FEB)

This game stands out above all others as the game when Leicester made believers of everyone.

It wasn't just that Leicester beat Manchester City, it was the way they beat them. Would there be any signs of nerves as Leicester met their nearest challengers? The answer was a resounding no.

Huth silenced the Etihad Stadium, bundling in after just three minutes. After that, the Foxes never looked back.

Mahrez added a sumptuous second, weaving through the City defence before giving Joe Hart the eyes and firing into the net. When Huth added a third, Leicester were on cloud nine. The superstars of City had been shown up by a side who's whole team cost the same as their most expensive player.

Arsenal 2-1 Leicester City (14 FEB)

Had the bubble burst? Leicester were brought back down to Earth as Arsenal snatched victory late on.

The Foxes, typically, had battled well, but a red card for Danny Simpson made this a backs to the wall encounter in the final minutes. Marcin Wasilewski gave away a needless free-kick deep into stoppage time and the Gunners capitalised as Danny Welbeck headed in to stun Leicester.

It was undoubtedly the low point of Leicester's season and lesser players would have crumbled following it. However, the result became crucial not for ending Leicester's season, as some predicted, but for spurring them on even more.

The Foxes have not lost since that afternoon at the Emirates Stadium.

Watford 0-1 Leicester City (05 MAR)

Leicester had found it difficult to keep clean sheets in the first half of the season, but in the second half of the campagin, they managed to ground out a number of 1-0 wins in the fashion of champions.

The win at Watford characterised the stubbornness, grit, and sheer determination Leicester showed in the second half of the season. A tight, tense evening at Vicarage Road was settled by one moment of brilliance from Leicester's player of the season.

Mahrez got the ball just inside the area and his wand of a left foot produced the goods once again. The team clung on for an invaluable three points.

Leicester City 1-0 Newcastle United (14 MAR)

Many thought this was going to be a routine win for Leicester but Newcastle's appointment of Rafa Benitez on the eve of the game turned this one into a potential banana skin.

As predicted, Newcastle improved on their recent performances making it difficult for Leicester, yet, the Foxes found a way as they have so many times this season.

Shinji Okazaki's acrobatic effort gave Leicester a cagey 1-0 win. The Japanese international deserved his moment, he may not have found the net as many times as his strike partner this season, but his work-rate has made him a valuable asset.

Leicester 4-0 Swansea City (24 APR)

The Foxes faced one of their biggest challenges of the season as they prepared to host Swansea without the suspended Jamie Vardy.

The England international watched from the stands as Leonardo Ulloa slotted into the team. Ranieri produced a tactical curve ball, electing to field the pacey Jeffrey Schlupp instead of the previously ever-present Marc Albrighton. It was a decision that paid dividends as he provided the natural pace they'd lost through Vardy's suspension.

Any nerves were settled with an early goal from Mahrez, who took centre stage in the absence of Vardy. Ulloa grabbed himself a brace before Leicester's three substitutes combined to score the fourth. It was another huge step towards the title and piled the pressure on Tottenham.

Manchester United 1-1 Leicester City (01 MAY)

After Tottenham could only draw at home to West Brom, Leicester arrived at Old Trafford knowing that a win would see them crowned champions.

For the first time all season, Leicester showed nerves, devoid of a route in behind without Vardy. Anthony Martial struck early and it looked as if the floodgates could open. Instead, Leicester responded in the fashion of champions.

Wes Morgan headed in the equaliser sparking pandemonium amongst the Leicester players. The point meant that Tottenham had to beat Chelsea to keep the title race going and of course you know the rest.

How will Leicester City fare in the Champions League and Premier League next season? Let us know YOUR predictions in the comment section below!

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