Leicester City are Premier League Champions

Published Tuesday, May 3, 2016 6:55 AM by Shane Barrow
Leicester City are Premier League Champions

The fairy tale is complete. Leicester City's remarkable rise to Premier League champions is complete after Tottenham lost a two goal lead and failed to beat Chelsea on Monday night at Stamford Bridge.

The Foxes become the first club since Nottingham Forest in 1977-78 to win the English top flight league title for the first time.  Only once in their 132 year history had they even sniffed the title way back in 1928-29 when the club finished as runners-up.

After Leicester drew 1-1 with Manchester United at the weekend, Spurs needed to beat the Blues to keep the title race alive, but Claudio Ranieri's men are now an unassailable seven points clear of their rivals with two games left to play after the Tottenham 2-2 draw in London. Second-half goals from Gary Cahill and Eden Hazard were enough to finally down the second-place Spurs' charge, but the night, and season, belongs to Leicester.

It marks an incredible rise for the club who were facing relegation last season -- and spent 140 days from November 2014 to April 2015 at the bottom of the Premier League table -- before a run of seven wins in their last nine games under Nigel Pearson kept them up. They eventually finished in 14th place.

Pearson was sacked in the summer and replaced by Ranieri in July, while the club spent less than £30 million on their squad since last summer, with their entire squad costing just £54.4m.

After their troubles last season, Leicester were 5,000-1 to win the title in 2015-16, with the highest cashout being £72,000 on a £50 bet, which was collected in March, according to Ladbrokes.  As the season progressed the interest grew as the little club continued to claim scalp after scalp.  Week after week more experts predicted their fall. Yet on top they were.

The 64 year old Ranieri was far from the only knight in shining armour at the King Power Stadium this year. Midfielder Riyad Mahrez and striker Jamie Vardy had already picked up the PFA's Footballer of the Year and Football Writers' Association awards. It is the first time that two players from the same club have claimed both awards in the same season since Everton's Neville Southall and Peter Reid in 1985.

Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, defenders Morgan and Danny Simpson and midfielders N'Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater were also recognised by the voters in the FWA poll.

Seven years to the day after the Foxes rounded off their League One title-winning campaign with a 3-0 win away at Crewe, they can now savour the proudest moment in the club's history.