Leicester City title win restores faith in modern football

NAPIT Chesterfield and Distrtict Sunday League round-up.
NAPIT Chesterfield and Distrtict Sunday League round-up.

Monday 2nd May 2016. Remember the date. It will go down as the milestone day when Leicester City were crowned Premier League champions against all odds, to mark a restoration of faith in modern day football.

In truth Leicester City had the night off last night, winning the league without kicking a ball.

The squad gathered around Jamie Vardy’s house to watch Tottenham draw 2-2 with Chelsea.

A result which meant the Foxes’ 1-1 draw at Manchester United on Sunday had given them an unassailable lead at the summit of the division.

Next Saturday the Foxes skipper Wes Morgan will stride into the centre circle at the King Power Stadium, following their game with Everton and lift the famous trophy above his head, in what will be the standout moment of his career as a professional.

If you went to a film producer and pitched an idea to for a new blockbuster that went a little bit like Leicester’s rise to prominence, you would probably get laughed out of the meeting for coming up with something just a little bit too far-fetched.

Two years ago Leicester were promoted to the Premier League and last season managed to stay in the top flight thanks to a ridiculous run of form during the last two months of the season. For that Nigel Pearson must take a fair amount of the credit.

From the moment he departed in the summer however, the credit must all be placed firmly in the lap of Claudio Ranieri, who simply deserves all the plaudits that now go in his direction.

He hasn’t changed much. A few shrewd signings here and there have helped. Most notably N’Golo Kante and Christian Fuchs, who have made the Foxes much harder to beat. Certainly more so than during last season, when the team had a somewhat soft centre.

Ranieri has given a group of human beings the belief that they can go on and create something special which will never be bettered and when the money men of the division have faltered, the group have achieved something which can only be labelled as superhuman.

Nothing will ever be a surprise in football anymore and we have Leicester City to thank for that. Smaller clubs everywhere will harbour hopes that they one day can have their ‘Leicester City’ moment.

The Foxes supporters often label themselves as the pride of the East Midlands but now they must go down as the pride of the entire country after such a special campaign, which has captured the hearts of a nation.