Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham on Monday night saw Leicester City crowned Premier League Champions for the first time in their 132-year history. Having only lost three games so far this season, twice to Arsenal and once to Liverpool, they have been the most consistent team in the league and Ranieri’s men have earned their league title as well as the Champions League football next season that will accompany it. Here are five games that I believe prove Leicester deserve to be the Champions of the 2015/16 Premier League season.
Leicester 3 2 Aston Villa (13th September 2015)
Aston Villa were 2-0 up with 27 minutes to go at the King Power Stadium and it seemed as though the Foxes were heading for their first defeat of the season. Instead of giving up, they completed a thrilling comeback and were 3-2 winners when the full-time whistle blew. Nathan Dyer, on loan from Swansea, scored the winner in the 89th minute and showed the dogged determination that has embodied Leicester’s fairytale season.
Leicester 2 1 Chelsea (14th December 2015)
Regardless of how poorly Chelsea have played this season, they were still last season’s champions which meant this match would never be easy. Once again Claudio Ranieri’s side proved that they could handle the pressure and were 2-0 up after 48 minutes. Ranieri was victorious against his former side and it proved to be Mourinho’s last game in charge of Chelsea.
Tottenham 0 1 Leicester (13th January 2016)
This was one of Leicester’s tougher games during the season and it seemed like it was heading for a goalless draw. That was until Robert Huth won the game with an unlikely header seven minutes from time. The Foxes were not at their best, but they got the desired result and showed that they could rely on players other than Vardy and Mahrez to chip in with much needed goals at vital moments.
Manchester City 1 3 Leicester (6th February 2016)
Everyone hyped this match up as a title-decider. Leicester were top on 50 points and Man City were only three points behind them in second place. Leicester had not beaten Man City since 2003 before this match. However, they silenced all the doubters with a ferocious start that resulted in a goal for Robert Huth three minutes into the match. Mahrez doubled Leicester’s lead three minutes into the second half, Huth scored another and Aguero got a consolation goal for Man City. Leicester came out all guns blazing and Man City couldn’t contain them.
Leicester 4 0 Swansea (24th April 2016)
There was so much talk before this game about the Foxes not being able to cope without their star man Jamie Vardy. They responded by getting their biggest win of the season to date. Vardy’s replacement Leonardo Ulloa did his job, scoring twice to steer Leicester even closer to the title. As Jamie Vardy said at the PFA Awards, “we’re a fully knit team and we’ll fight for each other all the way.”