Leicester's title success boosted local economy by a huge figure

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Leicester City won't be forgetting last season's title heroics in a hurry.

Claudio Ranieri's men haven't exactly enjoyed the defence of the title that they would have liked, so they're now completely reliant on the memories to give them joy amidst what has been a pretty dreadful start to this year's campaign.

The Foxes are just two points above the relegation zone after Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road. Even so, they'll live off what happened in May 2016 forever.

Unsurprisingly, the success of the 5000/1 underdogs had a huge impact on the city of Leicester too.

It's hard to put into real terms what kind of effect it must have had, but we now have the official stats thanks to a report by EY, brought to our attention by CityAM.

The local economy was boosted by an impressive £140million during 2015-2016, and that's likely to rise even further thanks to the club's run in the Champions League.

Famous triumph 

Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy may not be producing their best form in the league, but in Europe, the star duo have helped Leicester to all but qualify for the last-16 - and they can make it official by beating Club Brugge on Tuesday.

Incredibly, Leicester's most famous triumph supported 2,500 jobs and generated taxes of £78million - not bad when their only aim was avoiding relegation.

It seems crazy that success on the pitch can do so much for the area, but it saw a massive increase of tourism, attracting 120,000 tourists.

A further 10,000 on top of that figure are expected this year thanks to the Champions League, so it's no wonder the city got behind them to such an extent.

Ranieri's men have far more sobering statistics to contend with when it comes to footballing matters. They haven't won a single league game away from home this season, and they've just scored five goals on the road.

Will Leicester stay up? Is it time they moved on from last season's success? Have your say in the comments. 

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Kasper Schmeichel
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