Imagine waking up from a coma right now to find out that Leicester City have just won the Premier League. You'd probably have a heart attack. That exact feat happened last night, and everybody is still a bit lost for words. It's one of the biggest achievements in sporting history, and it's been an absolute fairy-tale season for The Foxes.
While there are valid arguments to make about the poor quality of the Premier League in 2015/16, the failings of England's top clubs makes Leicester's achievement no less monumental. When it was revealed last summer that Claudio 'Tinkerman' Ranieri was to become the new manager at Leicester, people were confused to say the least. England legend and crisp mad Leicester fan Gary Lineker was early to voice his opinion.
Claudio Ranieri? Really?
- Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 13, 2015
Little did he know he'd eat his words 10 months later.
The unlikely league winners were a staggering 5,000/1 to lift the trophy at the start of the season. To put that into perspective you could get better odds on Piers Morgan being the next Arsenal manager (2,500/1), Simon Cowell being prime minister (500/1) and Dean Gaffney winning a best actor Oscar (1,000/1). But still, it's happened, and it's incredible. Unless you're a Spurs fan of course.
It goes without saying that Spurs have had a great season though, with the likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli both being in impeccable form. They were still in the title race before heading into their match against Chelsea last night. They had a big challenge ahead of them though. They haven't won a game at Stamford Bridge for 26 years, and people wouldn't let them forget that.
With a goal from Harry Kane just past the half-hour mark and another from Son just before half time, it looked like their dream could still be alive ever so slightly. Not long into the second half and the shit well and truly hit the fan. Gary Cahill put Chelsea back in the fight with half an hour to go, and then things turned into a bit of a brawl. It looked more like Monday Night Raw than Monday Night Football.
Seven minutes left and Eden Hazard finally found his form just in time to ruin the party for his London rivals. Bringing the score to 2 - 2, you could hear the screams from Jamie Vardy's house for miles. Spurs didn't have what it takes to get that much needed extra goal, and ended with more yellows than Chris Martin after a very scrappy second half.
The Foxes achieved their goal without kicking a ball last night. And Vardy decided to have a cheeky dig back at his England teammate Harry Kane, who had posted on Instagram following Leicester's 2-2 draw with West Ham a couple of weeks ago.
In response, Vardy posted this upon Leicester being crowned Champions..
Well played, Jamie and congratulations!
Words by Mike Vaughan
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