The year of the bottlers - Leicester City are Premier League champions

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On Monday night, the greatest achievement in Premier League history was confirmed, Leicester City were crowned Premier League champions.

Here comes the unfortunate truth, however. They owe it to the bottlers around them. 

First of all, Leicester have been a joy to watch all season. They've been defensively solid, scored a lot of goals, they've even been easy on the eye - everything that champions should be. But there's no doubt that on this wild ride of wondrous success, there's been the unprecedented failure by those around them.


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Take second placed Tottenham Hotspur, for instance. Their closest rivals throughout this title charge, a free-scoring side of late, playing wonderful football in what has been their best shot at a title since the Premier League began.

However, they could finish with a points total of 70, which would've scraped fourth place last year, and only just made sixth place two years ago. Even if they win their last two games and make 76 points, it wouldn't have been enough to make the Champions League places two years ago, let alone guide them close to the title.

Look at the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United, and Manchester City. Hundreds of millions spent between them, bringing in players of the calibre of World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger, Golden Boy winner Raheem Sterling, and Premier League winner Petr Cech.

These are world class players with world class reputations, and they should be doing more with some of the biggest clubs in the world. 

Then examine the likes of Liverpool, West Ham United, and even Newcastle United.

Huge clubs spending huge money, varying reputations who really should be up and challenging for European positions. The truth is that only West Ham have a chance of qualifying for the Champions League through league position.

And last but not least - or perhaps ninth but not least  - last season's champions, Chelsea. Over £60million spent, Jose Mourinho to lead them into the season looking to defend their title. However, with a few games left, they sit ninth in the table.

The story with Leicester will go down in history. It's the biggest payout of its type in bookmaker history, the ultimate David, and Goliath. But what will be forgotten, as quickly as possible by the perpetrators around them, is the colossal failure of virtually everyone else in the Premier League.

In a year where Arsenal fans feel this really could've been their chance, Manchester City have wrongly prioritised a competition they're now out of, Manchester United have wrongly invested, Chelsea have flopped and Tottenham have looked better than usual despite running essentially the same form book, Leicester are kings, but those around them are hardly aces.  

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