Leicester, oh Leicester!!

Saturday 7th May, 2016 marked the day the Premier League crowned it’s 24th League champion and only the 6th team to have lifted the silverware. Leicester City F.C. had done what nobody expected and managed to turn a divided footballing nation into humbling supporters.

Leicester City took on a poorly performing Everton at the King Power Stadium in a comfortable 3-1 win over the Toffees. Andy King was on the score sheet along with the man who cannot stop scoring, Jamie Vardy, sealing the deal in the 65th minute with a penalty with Mirellas getting one back in the 88th minute but by then, it was all too late.

If not their entire season then this result was testament to the kind of team the English Premier League had just crowned as champions. On Monday, the Foxes were crowned champions by default as Tottenham Hotspur failed to gain a win over their South London rivals, Chelsea. The celebrations began early as Vardy had a few of the players round and some Sky Sports cameras to capture the moment they etched their name along side the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal. This wasnt the end though. The next day, images of the players at the training ground celebrating with each other but more importantly taking part in a training session in preparation for Saturday.

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A team who had won the league 2 games before the end of the season continuing their journey with the same tenacity and passion is an admirable characteristic.

There has been talks of Leicester being a one man team and adopting a ‘hoof it upfront’ style of play which saw Vardy quickly climb the ladder for top goal scorer. However, there are names we cannot leave out when mentioning this club. Claudio Ranieri, a man with world class clubs on his CV. However none of which he has won the top flight title, until he joined Football League regulars, Leicester City. He deserves every single bit of praise that flies his way. Riyad Mahrez, a mesmerising player to watch. A man who does not shy away from a cheeky flick, double step over and a wonder strike to help his team win games against the big boys (Sorry City fans). Also not forgetting his own personal achievement given to him by his footballing peers, PFA Player’s Player of the year. Now we’ve all seen the celebration video of him being dragged across Vardy’s marble kitchen floor whilst shouting with joy but I doubt we looked at captain Wes Morgan any different as he rightly so let loose.

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As these men have battled all season long we must also give credit to the other stars of the locker room as without their hard work and cohesive team effort we may be writing about a different group players.

With the end of the an exciting, lively and unpredictable Premier League season dawning we think it is safe to say that Leicester City F.C. has captured our football hearts and we look forward to what next season has in store for the reigning champions.

Congratulations from The Mandem

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