Leicester City's defining moments of miracle Premier League title

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In May 2004, Claudio Ranieri's reign at Chelsea came to an end, as Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich looked to build a legacy at Stamford Bridge with a new man at the helm.

Fast forward 11 years, and the charismatic Italian was appointed as manager of a Leicester City side who had just narrowly avoided relegation. This appointment caused major doubts from fans, pundits and managers alike, including Harry Redknapp and Foxes legend Gary Lineker.

Despite this, Ranieri masterminded an incredible, seemingly impossible, first top-flight title for both himself and co-incidentally Leicester City too.


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We now look at four vital games in the second half of the season that virtually won Leicester the title, and by doing so causing one of the greatest sporting shocks of all-time.

Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Leicester City (13 January)

A tough run of fixtures continued with Leicester visiting White Hart Lane.

With a loss away to Liverpool and goalless home draws versus Manchester City and Bournemouth, Leicester went on their longest win-less streak of the season.

Rock-solid centre back Robert Huth scored a pivotal late winner to put seven points between the two title challengers, and kick-start the momentum that the Foxes had shown for pretty much the whole season.

Leicester City 2-0 Liverpool (2nd February)

Once again, top-of-the-table Leicester faced Jurgen Klopp's revitalised, yet inconsistent, Liverpool for the opening duel of a difficult sequence of games.

The Reds handed out a 1-0 victory to Ranieri's men on Boxing Day for only their second defeat of the season. Liverpool's visit to the King Power Stadium was seen as the first of three games that could settle the title, particularly if Leicester emerged with a 100% record.

Man of the moment Jamie Vardy was responsible for moment of the season.

The former non-league attacker ensured Liverpool would leave without a point, as he opened the scoring on the hour mark with a simply sublime, dipping volley. All the kids in the school playground would be trying to recreate the 40-yard wonder goal as they aimed to emulate their new hero.

Manchester City 1-3 Leicester City (6 February)

Breathtaking. An absolutely rampant performance showed Leicester at their very best.

A free-flowing, counter-attacking display saw Manchester City's multi-million pound signings outclassed by the bargain buys in the away side.

With Robert Huth again notching an important brace, Riyad Mahrez smashed home after a devastating move to send shock waves through the division, as the whole world focused their eyes on Leicester City.

This goal reflected the whole team performance, and many felt after viewing this mesmerising match, that they were watching the future Premier League champions.

Leicester City 1-0 Norwich City (27 February)

Two of the greatest characteristics of title-winning sides are to bounce back from potentially morale-crushing defeats, as well as grinding out wins from below-par performances.

Leicester managed to combine the two as they scraped a narrow 1-0 victory over a Norwich City side scrapping for their lives.

In the previous game at Arsenal, Leicester City were close to leading by a massive eight points, before Danny Simpson's red card preceded a comeback from the Gunners. Danny Welbeck's 94th minute winner would have knocked the stuffing out of any normal side, but Foxes never give up.

With Leicester struggling to break down a resilient Norwich side, Leonardo Ulloa tapped home an 89th minute winner to send the fans into delirium. In fact, students at University of Leicester found that Ulloa's impact sparked earthquakes in the city.

Interestingly, this provided a springboard for the Foxes to win four of their next five fixtures 1-0, which as previously mentioned, is ominous of title-winning teams.

These omens proved right as Leicester City went on to achieve the unthinkable, with Claudio Ranieri receiving a fully-deserved guard of honour at the home of his former employers.

The Hollywood film directors will have plenty of content to include as they bring the Foxes to the big screen, and these four title-winning games will certainly feature at the top of the pile.

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