The key moments which have defined Leicester City’s historic season
“It could be quite possibly the greatest sporting upset of all time if Leicester won the Premier League from where they were a year ago, It’s a quite staggering story.” – Gary Lineker.
The sentiment from Leicester City’s most famous son, has been one which has been echoed by many in the world of football, as the Foxes completed the most unlikely Premier League title of all time.
With Leicester securing a historic footballing triumph, we have decided to take a look back at the unexpected journey the club has embarked upon during the last twelve months, and single out key moments which have led to the Foxes making sporting history.
Survival – April 4, 2015
With the Foxes sitting bottom of the league with nine games to go of the 2014/15 season, relegation seemed a certainty. Under the guidance of former boss Nigel Pearson, the club went on to win seven of its final nine games to complete a miraculous survival.
Claudio arrives – July 13, 2015
To the surprise of many, Claudio Ranieri is appointed as manager, after the departure of Nigel Pearson. Shortly after being hired, the Italian states that survival is the main goal for the season.
Leicester 4-2 Sunderland– Aug 8, 2015
Leicester beat Sunderland, 4-2, on the opening day of the season thanks to a Riyad Mahrez brace, and a goal from Jamie Vardy.
Pizza City – Oct 24, 2015
The Foxes enjoy a strong start to the season, with only one defeat in nine. In a bid to motivate his players to improve defensively, Claudio Ranieri promises his side pizza for achieving their first clean sheet of the season. After a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace, the Italian makes good on his promise.
Jamie Vardy makes history – Nov 28, 2015
Jamie Vardy makes history after scoring in his 11th straight Premier League game, in a 1-1 home draw with Manchester United. The Foxes end November second in the league, and with games against Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City approaching, many wonder when Leicester’s league collapse will come.
What a difference a year makes – Dec 29, 2015
After holding Manchester City to a 0-0 draw, Leicester end 2015 top of the Premier League, a year after ending 2014 bottom of the table.
Belief – Feb 6, 2016
Leicester beat title rivals Man City 3-1 at the Etihad, to open up a five-point gap at the top of the table. Many start to believe that Leicester mean serious business.
Pizza City II – April 10, 2016
Despite looking slightly nervous, Leicester manage to keep their sixth clean sheet in seven matches, to beat Sunderland 2-0 at the Stadium of light, and move 10-points clear of closest rivals Spurs.
John Moss – April 17, 2016
Leicester fans go from incensed to delighted with referee John Moss, after the official first sends off Jamie Vardy, but then awards Leicester a stoppage-time penalty during a 2-2 draw with West Ham.
Jamie who? – April 24, 2016
Playing without Jamie Vardy, the Foxes thrash Swansea 4-0, and then move to within a single victory of the title when Tottenham unexpectedly draw 1-1 with West Brom.
Not quite yet – May 1, 2016
Wes Morgan’s first half equaliser was not quite enough to seal the title, as Leicester draw 1-1 with Man United at Old Trafford. The Foxes could however be crowned champions on Monday May 2, if Spurs fail to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Job done – May 2nd, 2016
Chelsea come-back from two goals down against Tottenham to help former Blues boss Ranieri to secure an unbelievable Premier League title