Leicester City topped off a remarkable 2015/16 season by becoming Premier League champions on Monday night following second-placed Tottenham Hotspurs’ 2-2 draw at Chelsea on Monday night.
Despite failing to seal the title at Old Trafford on Sunday; during their 1-1 encounter at Manchester United, the Foxes’ incredible story earned its fitting conclusion following Spurs’ slip-up, meaning Claudio Ranieri’s men have become the champions of England for the first time in their 132-year history.
Backed at just 5,000-1 to win the top-flight before the start of the season, Leicester’s fairytale seems a world away from last campaign’s frantic relegation battle at the King Power Stadium.
Now with their first Premier League trophy in the bag, Shoot Football pick out five matches that shaped the Foxes’ title tilt…
5. Leicester City 3-2 Aston Villa – September 13, 2015
Hindsight tells us that this Villa side are no great shakes – in fact they’re pretty rotten – but, back in September, nobody knew what to make of Leicester either.
After thrashing Sunderland and winning at West Ham, the Foxes had required late interventions from Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy to take points against Tottenham and Bournemouth, heading into the fifth weekend of the season third in the table.
And Leicester’s bright start to the campaign looked in peril after just over an hour at the King Power Stadium, as goals from Jack Grealish and Carles Gil propelled the visitors into a handy lead.
Just as in their previous two matches; though, Ranieri’s men fought until the end, drawing level as Richie de Laet and Vardy scored 10 minutes apart.
Then with just a minute of normal time remaining, Nathan Dyer, on as a half-time substitute for his club debut, popped up with the winner. Cue the now-familiar pandemonium at the KP.
Lifting the Foxes up to second in the table, this turnaround spoke volumes for the character the side have shown throughout the season; six weeks later they’d fight back to win 3-2 again at West Brom.