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On this day in 2016 – Leicester stunned to win the Premier League title

On this day in 2016 – Leicester stunned to win the Premier League title

Leicester completed one of the greatest sporting fairytales of all time on this day in 2016 when they were crowned Premier League champions.

The Foxes defied the 5,000-1 odds at the start of the season to win the title for the first time in the club’s 132-year history.

They began the campaign as relegation favourites under new manager Claudio Ranieri but, having lost 19 games the previous season, they suffered just three defeats en route to an impressive triumph.

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri (centre right) and captain Wes Morgan, left, with the Premier League trophy during the team’s open-top bus parade through Leicester city centre (Nick Potts/PA)

Leicester were deserved champions, having beaten rivals Manchester City and Tottenham, while an unbeaten run since mid-February proved beyond doubt that they had the mettle to finish the job.

In the end, a little help from former Premier League champions Chelsea helped the team complete their rise from relegation to champions.

Second-half goals from Chelsea duo Gary Cahill and Eden Hazard secured a 2-2 draw against second-placed Tottenham, halting Spurs’ bid on a night of high drama as Leicester’s players watched unfold at striker Jamie Vardy’s home ground.

Foxes fans coined the slogan “Jamie Vardy is having a party” and the goalscorer threw a huge party at Melton Mowbray, where videos showed the group celebrating wildly as the title was confirmed.

Leicester started the 2015-16 season as favourites for relegation from the Premier League and ended up as champions (Mike Egerton/PA)

Ranieri’s experience was more relaxed, having returned from Italy after visiting his 96-year-old mother in Rome and returned home in time to watch Tottenham’s draw with his family.

“I am very, very happy now because maybe if I had won this title at the beginning of my career maybe I would have forgotten,” said Ranieri, then 64. “Now that I am an old man, I can feel it much better.

“I said every time I am so happy for the fans, the chairman and the whole Leicester community. I don’t know the secret. The players, the heart, the soul and how they play.”